GC Women’s Basketball Holds off Late Surge from UNC Pembroke, 59-58

Senior Sydney Cleveland
Senior Sydney Cleveland

PEMBROKE, N.C. – The two games between Georgia College Women's Basketball (10-11, 8-7 PBC) and UNC Pembroke (7-14, 6-9 PBC) couldn't have been much closer this year, as after a buzzer-beater win for the Braves in Milledgeville, the Bobcats answered tonight with a 59-58 win on the road.

Down 28-25 at the break, the Bobcats used a big 20-12 third quarter to get in front. Senior Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia) helped power that scoring surge with nine points, going 3-for-4 from long range in the third.

UNCP took the lead back mid-way through the fourth quarter at 51-49, then the Bobcats responded with an 8-0 run for the six-point lead with 39 ticks left. After some back-and-forth, Avery Locklear hit a jumper to cut the game to one point at 59-58, but the Bobcats were able to close it out.

The Bobcats dialed it up from long range with a season-high 12 threes, the most for GC Women's Hoops since Jan. 9, 2010 when they hit 13 against Clayton State University.

Cleveland made five of them to finish with 18 points. She added five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior Jasmine McSwain (Marietta, Georgia) had four threes and 13 points, while sophomore Keyonna Wesley (Pearson, Georgia) posted three and finished with 13 points as well.

The 12 bombs was 11 more than UNCP made, providing a crucial difference in tonight's contest, overcoming a 29-41 deficit in rebounding.

The five threes by Cleveland give the senior 136 in her career, passing Amanda Manning (1996) into ninth place in school history.

Georgia College's fourth win in a row improves the Bobcat's overall Peach Belt Conference (PBC) record to 8-7, good for fifth in the current standings.

The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. playing host to Clayton State (14-7, 10-5 PBC). The Lakers most recently won at Francis Marion University 80-72 today.

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