Bobcat women fall 75-71 to Clayton State

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (GC ATHLETICS) – The Georgia College women’s basketball squad (7-7, 3-4 PBC) fell victim to an aggressive Clayton State University (11-5, 5-2 PBC) in a 75-71 loss Wednesday in the Centennial Center.

A back-and-forth contest early, featuring 11 ties and 12 lead changes, the Lakers pulled away late in the second half by getting trips to the free-throw line. Clayton nearly doubled the Bobcats’ trips to the stripe at 41-21 for the game, getting 20 makes in the second half to Georgia College’s 12.

The Bobcats boasted two 20-point scorers on the night, as Shanteona Keys (Roswell) scored 24 and LaRice Walker (Franklin) netted 21. The Bobcats had two 20-point scorers in just one prior game this season, that being the overtime loss at the University of North Georgia.

Keys hit 9-for-14 from the floor, added seven boards and three assists. Walker hit half of her shots (6-12), and nabbed four rebounds. The duo amounted for 63 percent of the team’s total scoring, however as no one else reached double digits.

The Lakers won the battle for bench points 23-6. Despite having just four more turnovers-caused, Clayton cashed in on those opportunities better, out-scoring Georgia College 21-9 in points-off turnovers.

The Bobcats actually out-shot the Lakers 43 percent (26-61) to 39 percent (22-57) from the field and won the rebounding battle 41-38.

DaQuenna Moore led the Lakers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, flanked by 17 from reserve Kenisha Jones-Barrett and 15 from Kayla Pryce.

Keys’ 24 points gives the senior four 20-point games this season and 27 in her career. Walker’s 21 matches her career-high set at Georgia Southwestern State University Jan. 5.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m., traveling to Armstrong State University.