DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (1-3) took down Chowan University (0-2) in a 59-54 defensive battle, picking up the first win of the season and the first for first-year head coach Ross Jolly.
Both squads had trouble finding the mark, the Eagles out-shooting the Bobcats 39 percent to 37 percent from the field. The Bobcats went big, controlling both the rebounding 41-35 and points in the paint 38-28.
Sophomore Harper Vick (Marietta) led GC with 16 points, including all six of her free-throw attempts. Junior La'Shandria Mallard (Perry) flanked her with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double, the first of the season for the Bobcats. Classmate Keyonna Wesley (Pearson) chipped in 11 points.
A pair of Mariah Coker free-throws cut the Bobcat lead to 56-54 with 3:36 left in the fourth, then the defenses really got stingy. Three turnovers, followed by four missed shots, then another turnover gave GC the ball with 36 seconds left and a two-point advantage. Mallard cleaned up a miss and got fouled while knocking down the put-back with 25 ticks remaining after a free-throw, GC had the five point lead and Chowan could inch no closer.
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Albany State University.
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