Bobcat Women’s Basketball Drops Road Contest versus Cougars, 66-54

Senior Guard Shay Tarver
Senior Guard Shay Tarver

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (10-15, 8-11 PBC) fell in a road contest to Peach Belt Conference (PBC) opponent Columbus State University (13-10, 10-9 PBC) Wednesday evening, 66-54.

A tough shooting night for the Bobcats gave Columbus the edge. The Cougars outshot Georgia College 35 percent to 29 percent from the field and 33 percent to 27 percent from three point range.

A trio of seniors led the Bobcats on both ends of the floor.

Jasmine McSwain (Marietta) led the team with 14 points and six rebounds. Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) and Shay Tarver (Salem) finished with nine points each. All of Cleveland's points came from behind the arc, propelling her to eighth all-time in the Georgia College record books with 146 made threes. She barely missed a double-double on the night, securing eight total boards. Kenyatta Storms (Alpharetta) also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds of her own.

Trailing by just two possessions at the half, the Bobcats could not bounce back from a third quarter barrage by the Cougars, which extended their lead. Columbus State outscored Georgia College 21-12 in the third quarter, the only 20-point quarter by either squad all game. Despite the Bobcats having the fourth-quarter edge by a slight 15-14 margin, the Cougars remained ahead and picked up their third win in a row.

The loss keeps Georgia College in seventh in the PBC standings, now just a single game above Francis Marion and UNC Pembroke.

The Bobcat women return to the court Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1:30 p.m. when they take on the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega.

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