AMERICUS, Ga. – A late offensive surge and a last-minute bucket kept the Bobcat Women's Basketball (9-11, 7-7 PBC) team's win streak alive, as they defeated Georgia Southwestern State University (8-12, 5-9 PBC) on the road Wednesday evening, 68-67.
With under 10 seconds left on the game clock, freshman point guard Harper Vick (Marietta) drained the game-winning basket, propelling the Bobcats over the Hurricanes in a tight contest.
Trailing 43-52 after three quarters, an enormous fourth quarter showcase engineered the Georgia College comeback.
Vick led the way with the final basket, finishing with 10 total points in the fourth. The guard finished the game with 12 points, two assists, and a pair of steals on 57 percent shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
A consistent cog on both ends of the floor, Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) secured another double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Starting guard Kenyatta Storms (Alpharetta) also finished with double digit rebounds by grabbing 10, three coming off of the offensive glass. Storms tied for the team lead in assists with Shay Tarver (Covington), dishing out three apiece.
Trailing by four points with 30 seconds left to play, head coach Maurice Smith called his second-to-last timeout. After a Bobcat turnover and a foul, a Drynan layup and defensive rebound set up the game-tying shot at 66 from Keyonna Wesley (Pearson). The Hurricanes then took the lead on a free throw, setting up the game-winning heroics from Vick.
Georgia College ended the night with a 41.8 field goal percentage, while shooting 77.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Bobcats staved off a dynamic performance from Morgan Towells and Brianna Perry from Georgia Southwestern, who combined for 39 points and nine rebounds. However, Georgia College held the duo to just nine of their points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with a stifling 33.3 defensive field goal percentage.
The impressive performance, their third win in a row, improves the Bobcat's overall Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record to 7-7, good for sixth in the current standings.
The Bobcats return to action this weekend, as they travel to UNC Pembroke Saturday, Feb. 9 for another PBC matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
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