Epic Fourth-Quarter Comeback Not Enough as Bobcat Women Fall at FMU, 76-68

Junior guard Shay Tarver
Junior guard Shay Tarver

FLORENCE, S.C. – Down by as much as 23 points in the third quarter, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (17-11, 14-8 PBC) wouldn't go down without a fight Saturday, losing eventually at Francis Marion University (16-11, 13-9 PBC) 76-68 after an impressive fourth-quarter effort.

Georgia College took the fourth quarter 29-17, climbing back into the game, getting the deficit to three possessions on a couple of occasions late in the fourth. Junior Shay Tarver (Covington) led the charge, netting a career-best 33 points, going 13-for-22 from the field as a reserve. She also pulled in nine boards for a near double-double. The 33 points are the most by a Bobcat since Nov. 20, 2010 when Chimere Jordan (2009-11) scored 35 against Anderson University.

Senior Ta'Asia Wright (Denmark) had 10 points and nine rebounds in her home state. Fellow forward Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) had a near double-double as well, pairing 14 rebounds with nine points. She added four assists and three blocks, extending her streak of multi-block contests to 11 in a row.

Georgia College lost despite out-shooting Francis Marion 40 percent (25-62) to 39 percent (26-66) from the floor. The Bobcats also won the rebound battle 40-36. FMU did their damage with the turnover, causing 22 while coughing it up just 13 times, and owning a 28-19 advantage in points-off-turnovers.

The Bobcats have earned the No. 5-seed in the upcoming Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Tournament. They are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., traveling to No. 4-seed Flagler College for the quarterfinal round. The Saints swept the season series from the Bobcats.

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