GC Women’s Basketball Takes Defensive Battle, 38-37

Senior Sydney Cleveland
Senior Sydney Cleveland

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – In a game featuring the lowest combined points in Georgia College Women's Basketball history, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team (8-11, 6-7 PBC) emerged victorious from a 38-37 defensive battle at Young Harris College (3-17, 1-13 PBC) Monday night.

The game was originally supposed to be played Jan. 30 and was postponed due to weather concerns. The 75 total points is two lower than the prior Georgia College record of 77, set Jan. 31, 1977 when the then-Colonials fell to Augusta College 44-33. The 37 points is the fewest allowed by the Bobcat Women since Flagler College managed just 34 Dec. 19, 2016.

The lone double digit scorer for either team tonight was senior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville), knocking down 12 points. She was helped by five each from Erin Drynan (Chicago, Illinois) and Cassidy Markle (Cumming).

Tied at 37-37 with 34 seconds left and YHC with the ball, sophomore Christen Copeland (Gainesville) drew an offensive foul when she collided with a Mountain Lion player on a screen. On the ensuing possession, the Bobcats ran the clock down to just over 11 seconds, when Copeland found Drynan wide open on a pick-and-roll, resulting in a shooting foul. Drynan made one of two to put the Bobcats ahead for good.

Young Harris had 11 seconds to work with and got two good looks, resulting in their own shooting foul, but the Mountain Lions missed both free tosses.

In the game, Drynan recorded three blocks, giving the senior 114 in her career. She passes Abby Slocumb (2014) into second place in school history.

The Bobcats out-shot the Lions 26 percent (16-61) to 20 percent (11-56), as there was a virtual lid on the rim all night long.

The win puts the Bobcats at 6-7 in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) play, good for seventh in the league standings. The top eight teams advance to the PBC Tournament in March.

GC Women's Hoops is back in action Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., traveling to Georgia Southwestern State University (8-11, 5-8 PBC). The Hurricanes most recently lost at No. 22 University of North Georgia 89-75 Saturday.

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