MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College women's basketball team used a big third quarter to knock off visiting Armstrong State University, 62-53, in the Peach Belt Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon in Milledgeville.
The Bobcats improved to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the PBC with the win, while Armstrong State falls to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in the league with the loss. The Pirates will next play at Montevallo on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET in Montevallo, Ala.
Armstrong State started off the contest hot from long range, canning five three-pointers to take a 24-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. Georgia College would get a late free throw from LaRice Walker to take a one-point lead into the break, 33-32.
Out of halftime, senior Jessica Doyle canned a three-pointer to briefly put the Pirates back in the lead, 35-33, but the Bobcats would proceed to outscore Armstrong State 16-6 over the rest of the third quarter to take an eight-point lead, 49-41, into the fourth quarter. Freshman Ashlyn Ellison was able to cut the Georgia College lead to three points, 51-48, in the fourth on a jumper with 7:27 left, but that would be as close as the Pirates would get as the Bobcats would make four free throws over the final 37 seconds to clinch the victory.
After the hot first quarter, the Pirates managed to hit just two threes over the rest of the game, finishing the contest hitting 7-of-24 shots from beyond the arc (29.2 percent) and hitting just 28.4 percent of their shots overall (19-of-67). Senior Deundria Clark and junior Machala Raymonville each led offensively with 11 points apiece.
Georgia College shot 35.8 percent from the field (19-of-53) and hit 6-of-16 three-pointers (37.5 percent). Walker led the Bobcats with 13 points on the day, while Lindsey Reed chipped in 11 points.