GC women’s basketball comes up short

Redshirt-junior Myra Strickland shoots a three-point shot versus Columbus State on Saturday. Jan. 28

Marissa Marcolina

Redshirt-junior Myra Strickland shoots a three-point shot versus Columbus State on Saturday. Jan. 28

Emily Henderson, Staff Writer

The GC women’s basketball team started  basketball’s doubleheader in a close head-to-head game against Columbus State University on Saturday, Jan. 28. Although the fight was seen from the Bobcats, their fourth-quarter efforts were not enough to keep the lead, and they lost 84-79. 

The defense had a rocky start at the beginning of the first quarter with multiple turnovers and missed rebounds. From the very start, CSU was strong on defense with full-court pressure. 

GC made some adjustments and showed off their shooting abilities. In the first quarter alone, GC made five baskets from the three-point line, which overall helped them end the first up 23-18. 

Starting the second quarter, there was a tight back and forth between CSU and GC. Both teams lacked the same energy as they had starting the first quarter. Although GC was forcing the Cougars to foul, the Bobcats’ lack of rebounding allowed CSU to pull away with the lead to end the half 43-36.

At the start of the second half, both teams seemed a little frazzled, making bad passes and offensive mistakes. 

The Bobcats’ effort was there on the court, but they could not execute. One factor against the Bobcats was their fouls in the third quarter, since many of them could have been prevented. However, GC kept fighting to close the gap in the score. 

With the help of senior Cassie Markle, who made two big threes toward the end of the third quarter, GC ended the quarter only down 60-61.

Starting the fourth quarter, you could see the importance and passion on the coaches and players’ faces.

Both teams made adjustments to try to finish the game strong. The Bobcats were getting more rebounds and slicing through the Cougars’ defense. GC continued to struggle with their fouls, while CSU started to struggle with their defense. 

The score remained close for much of the fourth quarter. GC was up 79-76 with one minute remaining. 

In the final minute of the game, CSU scored eight points, and the Bobcats could not come back.

GC made minor mistakes that led to their defeat against CSU. These minor mistakes may have determined this game, but it helps show what needs to be improved upon moving towards the end of the season.

“I think we played well,” said sophomore guard Ashyia Willis. “Some things we just did not execute offensively. We need to take care of some things defensively moving forward, but overall, we played fairly well.”

Although the Bobcats lost the game, they have had an impressive season this year compared to the last season. GC women’s basketball has a current overall record of 13-9 with six more games left in the regular season. 

“I think we just need to keep fighting,” said junior guard Myra Strickland. “We might not have the best offensive or defensive game, but as long as we keep pushing and playing for each other, play hard, listen to what Coach Jolly says and give our 100 percent in practice every day, we will be good ending the season.” 

The Bobcats have shown tremendous improvements since last season. They have already beaten their previous record of 8-19. While GC did lose a few players from last season, the number of players gained has helped create a well-rounded team this season.

“I feel like we are pretty balanced with our contributions this season,” said head coach Ross Jolly. “I think, offensively, we have had several different people being our lead scorer or have really good offensive games. Also, on the defensive side, a lot of players are doing a lot of things defensively and on the boards. The contributions that a lot of people are making this season, and not just relying on one or two people, is beneficial.”

Come watch the Bobcats back in action Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 5:30 p.m. as they take on USC Aiken for Honors College Night.