3rd-ranked Clayton State improves to 19-0; defeats Georgia College 90-59 Thursday
Morrow, GA – The 3rd-ranked Clayton State women's basketball team pushed its unbeaten streak to 19 on the season Thursday, downing Peach Belt Conference rival Georgia College 90-59 at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
The Lakers took control of the game late in the first half and then cruised to the victory in the second half. Leading 28-23 with 7:10 remaining in the first half, the Lakers went on a 12-2 over a two-minute stretch to take a 38-25 lead. Senior guard Drameka Griggs capped the run with a steal and a layup.
Georgia College cut into the Laker lead in final minutes of the half but forward Auburn Randolph drained 1-of-2 free throws in the closing seconds of the period to give Clayton State a 43-34 lead at intermission.
In the second half, Clayton State opened with a 7-0 run, pushing its lead to 16 points on a basket in the paint by forward Kayla Mobley. The Lakers kept up the pressure and extended its lead to 20 points, 60-40, with 12:36 left on a jumper by center Shannon Smith.
Georgia College would come no closer in the final 10 minutes, and the Lakers took a commanding 32-point advantage, 74-42, with 8:56 remaining on another basket by Smith. The Lakers led by at least 21 points for the remainder of the contest.
With the win, Clayton State improves to 19-0 on the season and 12-0 in Peach Belt play. Georgia College drops to 10-8 overall and 6-5 in the league. The Lakers will return to action on Saturday, traveling to face Lander in a 1:30 p.m. game.
Clayton State featured a balanced attack with eight players scoring eight points or more. Griggs and Randolph each scored 14 points to lead the way, followed by guard Bena Hanyard and Smith with 10 apiece. Guards Kayla Pryce and Arkia Armstrong each added nine points, while center Shacamra Jackson and guard Keona Dixon each had eight points.
For Georgia College, Enisha Donley and McKenna Rushton each scored 14 points.
The Lakers shot 47 percent (31-of-66) from the floor, while holding Georgia College to 31 percent (16-of-52). The Bobcats also committed 22 turnovers compared to only 11 for Clayton State.