Wright’s Free Throws Give Bobcat Women Overtime Win at UNC Pembroke, 66-65

Junior forward Ta'Asia Wright
Junior forward Ta'Asia Wright

PEMBROKE, N.C. – Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark, South Carolina) hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to give Georgia College Women's Basketball (7-5, 4-2 PBC) a tight 66-65 win in overtime at UNC Pembroke (3-7, 1-5 PBC) Saturday.

Junior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia) had a game-high 19 points with six rebounds, pacing three double-digit scorers for the Bobcats. Senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee, Georgia) had 16 points with nine boards and four assists, while classmate Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois) added 11 points, including three shots from long range.

It was a close ballgame for the first half, the Bobcats leading 31-28 at the break. UNCP took the third quarter 21-11, then the Bobcats responded with a 13-6 score in the fourth quarter to knot the game up at the end of regulation. A three-point bucket by Davis with 24 ticks left sent the Bobcats to overtime for the first time this season.  

In overtime, the Bobcats got points from four different players, including another three-pointer by Davis at the 1:38 mark. UNCP's Melanie Horne responded with a three of her own, and after a Bobcat turnover, Alecia Hardy put the Braves up 65-64 on a lay-up.

Wright was fouled with 13 seconds left, and the 67-percent free-throw shooter on the season hit both to put the Bobcats up one. The Braves missed on their next possession, Wright snagged the rebound as was fouled again. The Bobcats weren't in the bonus yet however, and were able to in-bound one more play to burn the remaining clock. Wright finished with six points and five boards.

Georgia College went 0-2 in overtime contests last season, and last won a game in extra frames Jan. 4, 2016 against Georgia Southwestern State University.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m., playing host to Clayton State University.

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