Bobcat Women’s Hoops Drops Road Battle at Clayton State, 70-56

Senior Sydney Cleveland
Senior Sydney Cleveland

MORROW, Ga. – A slow start got Georgia College Women's Basketball (5-9, 3-5 PBC) off on the wrong foot Wednesday in a 70-56 loss at Clayton State University (9-4, 5-2 PBC).

The Bobcats led 10-9 on a layup by Jasmine McSwain (Marietta) at the midway point of the first quarter, then the Lakers responded with a 13-4 run for the remainder of the period. When the dust settled, Clayton State would own a 22-14 advantage going into the second, one it would never relinquish.

Clayton State held on to that advantage for the remainder of the contest, thanks in part to tough defense. The Bobcats were held to 30.5 percent shooting from the floor, matching their lowest effort of the year.

Senior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville) led all scorers with 20 points. The point total was one off her career-high, set in her junior season against Carson-Newman University. Cleveland was 6-for-10 from the field, hit three from long range and added eight boards.

Classmate Shay Tarver (Covington) netted 14 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Her scoring was also a season-best.

The Bobcat bench was out-scored 36-9, and the GC Women were out-rebounded 44-36. Georgia College stayed in it by causing more turnovers (16-12) and going 15-for-19 (.789) from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats are back in action Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. playing host to Lander University (10-5, 7-2 PBC). The Bearcats most recently beat Francis Marion University tonight 87-65.

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