FMU never trails, topping Georgia College

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Photo by: Caleb Reeves

Senior Alaysia Watts (5) drives the ball into the paint bringing the Patriots a 70-58 win. The Patriots now stand 17-4 for the season.

David Crane, Sports Writer

The FMU women led the entire game against conference opponent Georgia College, scoring a 70-58 home win Jan. 30 in the Smith University Center (UC).

Seniors Camille Dash and Alaysia Watts each registered 15 points, which led all Patriot women in scoring. Dash added five rebounds, tied for a team high of three assists and grabbed two steals. Watts finished the game with the only double-double of the game by pulling down 10 rebounds, three of which were on the offensive glass to go along with her 15 points.

Forward Kadesha Gibbs, who totaled 19 points on an efficient shooting night, going 6-11, led the Georgia College offense. Georgia College guard LaRice Walker was the game highscorer with 24 points and had a game high of five assists for the night.

The FMU women scored three straight baskets and hit a couple of free throws to start the game and quickly opened an 8-0 lead over Georgia College. A first quarter defensive effort by the lady Patriots held Georgia College to only six points in the opening 10 minutes. The lady Patriots led 21-6.

The big stat of the night for the Patriots was offensive rebounding and second chance points. FMU outrebounded Georgia College on the offensive glass 14-6 and scored a total of 18 points from second chance opportunities. FMU was able to maintain their lead and created a double-digit lead at halftime 33-22. FMU was able to keep Georgia College from striking distance with their defensive effort, and four Patriot players scored nine points.

Georgia College cut the led to 10 points late in the fourth quarter but didn’t get any closer as the Patriots cruised to a dominant home win.

The Patriots shot 46.3 percent from the floor and finished the game shooting 82.6 percent from the free throw line. Georgia College ended the game with a 44.9 field goal percentage and connected on 64.7 percent of their free throws.

The lady Patriots will play at home on Feb. 6 for Homecoming. They will face the Flagler University Lions at 1:30 p.m. in the UC.

FMU Hall of Fame inductions will take place after the women’s game before the FMU men’s team takes the court at 3:30 p.m.

Junior Victoria Dye passes the ball to a teammate during the Jan. 30 game against Georgia College.
Caleb Reeves
Junior Victoria Dye passes the ball to a teammate during
the Jan. 30 game against Georgia College.