GSW women prevail in Milledgeville

Jan. 29—For the first time in the 2023-24 season, the Georgia College & State University women's basketball team struggled shooting the ball on its home court in Peach Belt Conference play. Only a 33 percent clip from the floor, plus 17 turnovers, spelled a 62-50 loss for the Lady Bobcats Saturday to a strong Georgia Southwestern State women's team that improved to 14-2 overall, 7-1 in the PBC.

Freshman Hannah Cail had 15 points to lead the GCSU women, but she was 5-for-12 from the field. Myra Strickland scored half of her 12 points from the foul line as she only got off four field-goal attempts with two made 3's.

Georgia Southwestern State meanwhile shot 38 percent from the floor and only had nine turnovers. The Americus visitors began the game looking inside. while the Lady Bobcats had previous success this season getting into the lane, they couldn't find anything to work inside on Saturday. It resulted in just one made field goal, Cail's 3-pointer, in the first five minutes.

But at 4:32 of the first quarter, it was only a 9-7 game for GSW. Alexa Geary came off the bench and nailed what would be her only 3-pointer at 3:48. The Lady Hurricanes went to a full-court press and reeled off 10 in a row on the strength of takeaways and two 3-pointers from Ndid Ndukwe, the team's top scorer with 16 points.

Up 19-10, GSW's women made it 13 in a row from yet another turnover to start the second quarter. Forward Deshaun Jackson was a factor defensively, but her team's offense was unable to capitalize. Even a 7-0 run with Jaleah Storr's dribbling assist to Jada Warren only got GCSU within seven at 25-18. GSW hit three 3-pointers in the quarter and maintained a 10-point edge, 29-19, at the half.

For a long stretch of the third quarter, GSW only added four foul shots to its total. Ashyia Willis, Cail and Geary rallied the Lady Bobcats to within three at 31-28. At 2:39, GSW finally scored from the field, and it was due to the first of five turnovers from GCSU to close out the period. With a 13-0 run, it was 44-28 with one quarter to play.

The Lady Hurricanes had 10 second-half points each from starter Jashanti Simmons and 6-3 center Leah Jackson.

The Lady Bobcats, 9-9 overall, slipped to 3-5 in the PBC with its first conference home loss. They face Augusta University Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. tipoff at The Centennial Center.