GCSU Survives Rough Start, Downs Lady Pirates 58-50
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The visiting GCSU women's basketball squad missed their first eight shots from the floor and shot just 22.9 percent in the first half, but made enough plays down the stretch to knock off Armstrong Atlantic in Peach Belt Conference action on Saturday afternoon in Savannah.
The Lady Bobcats (10-4, 3-1 PBC) made just 8-of-35 shots in the first half, including just 3-of-18 three-pointers, but still found themselves leading the Lady Pirates (6-7, 3-2 PBC) at halftime by four, 26-22.
GCSU opened up the second half on a 16-4 run to build a 16-point lead, 42-26, with 13:34 remaining, but the Lady Pirates battled back and used a 11-1 run of their own to eventually close to within one, 44-43, on a Jazmin Walker layup with 6:50 remaining.
The Lady Bobcats responded with a basket by Chimere Jordan, a turnover, and a basket by Antoinette Reames that pushed the lead back to five. Jordan had eight of her team-high 13 points in the final six minutes and also blocked a shot in the final minute for GCSU.
Dominique Huffin added 10 points off the bench for GCSU, who ended the game shooting just 31.1 percent from the floor, but took advantage at the free throw line, making 16-of-20 tosses at the stripe for 80 percent.
The Lady Pirates were led by freshman Marissa Rimbert, who tied a season high with 16 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior Arpine Amirkhanyan added a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while freshman Jazmin Walker added 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals.
AASU returns to action on Monday, January 18, with a MLK Jr. Day contest against new Peach Belt Conference foe Montevallo at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.
Head Coach Matt Schmidt's Post Game Comments:
About the first half: "I was pleased with our effort as a group. In order to beat good teams, you must play for 40 minutes, though, and we didn't do that. I'm not sure if it was our defensive effort or their offensive play in the first half because they shot and missed a lot of threes."
About the second-half run: "I think an early basket, a turnover, and another early basket is what started it. We gained some confidence and got them on their heels. We were able to be very aggressive."
On the Lady Pirates' defensive effort as a whole: "We did a good job understanding what we were doing defensively. We understood the defensive game plan, but we didn't rebound enough. They had quite a few offensive rebounds (15)."