Basketball (W)

Last Second Turnover Ends Catawba's Comeback Hopes Over Georgia College


DAHLONEGA, GA -- Late misses proved overwhelming as the Catawba College women’s basketball team fell to Georgia College 54-52 in non-conference action Friday afternoon on the campus of North Georgia. The loss drops the Catawba Lady Indians to 2-2 on the season while Georgia College advances to 3-1.

Catawba went 1-for-4 over the final three minutes of play to thwart chances of a victory. The downfall was capped by a turnover with four seconds remaining on the clock. Despite the struggles in the final minutes, Catawba outscore the Bobcats in three of the four quarters.

Georgia College recorded the first lead of the game jumping out to just a four point lead before Catawba’s Emma Ucinski nailed a three-pointer to trigger an 11-2 run in the first. The Bobcats fought back to trail by just two after the quarter.

In the second, Georgia College outscored Catawba 18-6 to open the quarter to take a ten point advantage. The Bobcats took the momentum into the break with a 7 point lead over Catawba.

The majority of the third quarter was a stalemate between the teams until the final two minutes. With a ten point deficit, Catawba’s Alexis Newbold started a rally with a layup and 1:55 left in the period. Newbold then force an Ellie Fruit turnover to setup a Greta Tamasauskaite three to bring the game within five. A second Newbold steal in a Serena Brown basket for a three point game with 59 seconds on the clock. The pair would not score in the rest of the quarter.

In the fourth, the teams traded baskets with Catawba forcing the game within one point on three occasions, but turnovers and missed baskets kept the Bobcats in the lead.

Georgia College was led by Kadesha Gibbs who recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Mckenna Rushton aided the win with a double-double of her own securing 18 points and ten boards.  The Bobcats finished the night shooting 21-for-48 (43.8%) from the field and 5-of-17 (29.4%) from long range. Georgia College added 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. The Bobcats also posted 38 rebounds in the winning effort.

On the other side of the ball, Catawba shot 19-for 63 (30.2%) on the night and 5-for-24 (20.8%) from behind the arc. The Lady Indians added 9-of-11 from the charity stripe and 35 rebounds.

Both teams will return to the floor tomorrow as part of the second and final day of this round robin classic. Catawba will take on the host, North Georgia, at 4:00 p.m.

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