GC Women’s Hoops Falls to Defending League Champ, 80-49

Sophomore Christen Copeland
Sophomore Christen Copeland

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (6-11, 4-7 PBC) fell victim to a hot start from No. 22 University of North Georgia (14-3, 9-2 PBC) Saturday, the Bobcats falling 80-49 to the defending Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Champions.

In a rematch of last season's PBC Semifinal, the Nighthawks jumped out of the gate with a 27-15 first-quarter effort, including a 15-3 run for the final 5:30 of the period. The run stretched the game out early and the Bobcats couldn't recover. The run continued into the second quarter, moving to 21-3 up to the 9:00 mark, putting the Bobcats down 33-15.

Senior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) was the lone Bobcat with double-digit scoring, putting up 13 points. Cleveland made a pair of three-point buckets, giving her 127 in her career. That number ties Cleveland with Beth Heyer (2001) for 10th in school history.

One positive was the Bobcat bench, providing 19 points to the contest, led by five from Christen Copeland (Gainesville).

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Young Harris College (3-15, 1-11 PBC). The Mountain Lions most recently lost 61-49 today at Columbus State University.

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