GC Women’s Basketball Takes Fight to #3 Carson-Newman in 88-72 Loss

Senior forward Sydney Cleveland
Senior forward Sydney Cleveland

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Georgia College Women's Basketball team (0-3) dropped a hard-fought 88-72 game to No. 3 Carson-Newman University (3-0) Friday, the Bobcats hanging with the defending NCAA Quarterfinalists.

The matchup with the defending Southeast Region Champions opened up the 2018 Nighthawk Classic, hosted by the University of North Georgia.

Eleven different Bobcats got into the scoring column, led by 17 from senior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville). Cleveland knocked down five threes and added a team-best four assists. Senior newcomer Jasmine McSwain (Marietta) had her best game as a Bobcat, shooting 7-for-12 for 16 points and five rebounds.

The Bobcat bench out-scored the Eagle reserves 29-14, led by career-highs for junior Dail Adaway (Tifton) with eight points and nine boards. Sophomore Sadie Cleveland (Gainesville) added a solid seven points in just 10 minutes of action.

GC Women's hoops stayed close in nearly every category, with each team hitting seven threes and 11 free-throws. C-N out-rebounded the Bobcats by a slim 40-34 margin, but a 20-11 deficit in turnovers-caused provided the Eagles the edge they needed.

The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m., taking on the University of West Florida in Dahlonega.

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