MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – A trio of double-digit scorers and a strong rebounding effort was just what Georgia College Women's Basketball (9-5, 6-2 PBC) needed to take down the top team in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in No. 25 Lander University (12-3, 7-2 PBC) 63-55 Saturday in the Centennial Center.
Senior Brianna Davis (Rockford, Illinois) led all scorers with 16 points, including three shots from long range. Junior Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) added 14 points with four boards, while senior Alyah McGriff (Suwanee) posted a 12-point, nine-rebound effort.
The third quarter is when the Bobcats took over, taking the frame by a 22-14 score after reaching halftime down 29-27. Georgia College stretched its lead out to a height of 10 points at the 3:29 mark in that third quarter, thanks to a three-pointer from Davis. McGriff had eight of her 12 points in that quarter.
The Bearcats got the game down to one possession at the 3:11 mark in the fourth quarter on a three from Victoria Baldwin. Georgia College then applied the defensive clamps, not allowing the nationally-ranked squad any more points for the remainder of the contest.
The win over No. 25 Lander is the first victory for GC Women's hoops over a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 17 Columbus State University Jan. 10, 2015.
The Bobcats out-shot Lander 53 percent (24-45) to 42 percent (23-55) from the field, and out-rebounded the PBC leaders 34-28.
The Bobcats are back in action Monday, Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m., playing host to USC Aiken. Georgia College beat the Pacers 72-60 on the road earlier this season.
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