GC Women’s Basketball Edged in OT by Georgia Southwestern, 64-63

Freshman Cassidy Markle
PEACH BELT STANDINGS

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In a defensive-minded matchup, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (5-7, 3-3 PBC) nearly overcame a second-half scoring drought against Georgia Southwestern State University (5-6, 2-3 PBC) the Bobcats instead falling 64-63 in overtime Wednesday at the Centennial Center.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd of 4,000-plus for Baldwin County Education Day, the Bobcats came out on the short end in a game coming down to the last possession.

Senior Jasmine McSwain (Marietta) took the challenge to her former team, combining a game-best 20 points with eight boards. She got the Bobcats off on the right foot, scoring nine in the first quarter. It was McSwain's second 20-point game as a Bobcat, after tallying 21 against Albany State University Dec. 8.

Freshman Cassidy Markle (Cumming) responded well to her first career start, posting an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double, both career highs. Senior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) joined Markle with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double of her own.

Markle hit a jumper to put Georgia College up 54-50 with 48 seconds left in regulation, but a three by Brianna Perry and a later free-throw tied the game up. The Bobcats had a last-second attempt rim out.

In the extra period, the Bobcats never led. GSW knocked down a pair of big threes that put the GC Women behind. The Bobcats had to force the Hurricanes to the free-throw line late in the matchup and GSW left the door open by missing their last four attempts with less than 30 seconds remaining.

After freshman Harper Vick (Marietta) brought the Bobcats within one at 64-63 on a slick layup from the left side, GSW missed both free throws with 10 seconds left. Georgia College needed to rush the length of the floor after corralling that rebound, and a last-ditch effort rattled out and the game ended with the Bobcats down a point.

In a physical game, GSW out-shot the Bobcats 38 percent (24-63) to 36 percent (23-65) from the floor. Today was the first overtime game of the season for Georgia College, after going 2-1 in overtime a season ago.

The Bobcats nearly didn't get to overtime, however as they went over 10 minutes between field goals in the second half. Markle hit a layup with 3:35 left in the third quarter, and the GC Women didn't knock down another shot until Cleveland hit a jumper with 3:16 remaining in the fourth.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m., playing host to UNC Pembroke.

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