|PEACH BELT STANDINGS|
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (5-10, 3-6 PBC) took the fight to the No. 2 team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Saturday, recovering from an early hole to fall just short, 56-54 against Lander University (11-5, 8-2 PBC).
Of the Bobcats' 10 losses this season, five have been by 10 points or less. Three of the last four games have been decided by one possession.
Missing some time with an injury, senior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) returned in a big way Saturday, going for a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double. The double-dip was her second this season. Drynan worked for excellent position all day, going 7-for-10 from the field, mostly from the post.
Classmate Jasmine McSwain (Marietta) exploded for a Bobcat career-high 25 points, including 3-for-5 from long range.
Lander got the final points of the contest at the 1:19 mark to make it 56-54. After the Bobcats turned it over on the next possession, an outstanding defensive stand ended in a rebound by Cassidy Markle (Cumming). With 10 seconds left, the Bobcats were off the mark on a hotly-contested three-point try, Lander nabbing the rebound and forcing the automatic foul.
The Bearcats missed both free-throw attempts, setting up one more attempt at a running two for Georgia College that rimmed out as time expired.
Georgia College never led in the contest, as Lander scored off the opening tip on a lay-in and followed that up with a steal and three-pointer for a quick 5-0 lead. The Bobcats would claw their way back, trailing by as much as 14 points early in the second quarter. A McSwain jumper with 3:33 left in the fourth tied up the match at 54-54.
The GC Women shot themselves in the foot, struggling with Lander's press to the tune of 22 turnovers, the second-most for the Bobcats this season. The Bobcats nearly overcame the giveaways by out-rebounding the Bearcats 37-32, and shooting a strong 44 percent (22-50) from the field.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. for Sea of Green night against Columbus State University (8-5, 5-4 PBC). The Cougars most recently beat UNC Pembroke today 74-50.
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