Bobcat Offense Explodes In Second Half For Season’s First Win

Bobcat Offense Explodes In Second Half For Season’s First Win
by Sam Jones, Sports Information Student Assistant 

CENTRAL, S.C. - The Georgia College women's basketball team (1-1) picked up their first win of the season Saturday night, topping the Southern Wesleyan University Warriors (0-2) 71-52 in the Peach Belt Conference/Conference Carolinas Challenge.

Senior Kadesha Gibbs (Claremont, North Carolina) led the way, ending the night with a career-high and game-high 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Newcomers Ellie Fruit (Henderson, Kentucky) and Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia) also added double-digit point totals on the night. Fruit finished with 12 points, going 4-of-6 from deep, and freshman Cleveland added 11 of her own in addition to seven rebounds.

After being limited to only 33 percent shooting by Emmanuel College in Friday's loss, the Bobcat offense appeared to look stifled again by a Conference Carolina's  school defense. After a back-and-forth first half that saw multiple lead changes, the Bobcats ended the half down 30-27 after shooting just 29.7 percent from the floor. 

The Bobcats kept pace early in the second half but still found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard midway through the third quarter, trailing 44-39. The Bobcats roared to life however and ran the Warriors defense ragged the rest of the contest, ending the game on a 32-8 run thanks to the Bobcats strong shooting, 47.1 percent in the second half. 

The Bobcats will look for their second win of the year on Tuesday night, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. as Fort Valley State University comes to Milledgeville for the Bobcats' first home contest of the year. 

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