AMERICUS, Ga. -- The Georgia Southwestern State University women's basketball team got back on track with a 78-48 victory over Fort Valley State in the PBC/SIAC Challenge finale in front of 253 at the Storm Dome Saturday.
How It Happened: Gabby Figgers led all scorers with a game-high 18 points, shooting 6-of-12 from beyond the arc to record her first double-figure scoring outing of the season. Amanda Melosky fell just a rebound shy of recording the first double-double of the season for the Lady Canes, finishing with 12 points and nine boards.
Georgia Southwestern had a season-high four players score in double-figures, as Shanya Jones (12 points) and Lauren Duncan (10 points) joined Figgers and Melosky. Nola Carter recorded a double-double to lead Fort Valley State with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
GSW jumped on the Lady Wildcats early and didn't look back, putting up 22 points in the first quarter to take a nine point lead. Figgers knocked down three of her six three-pointers in that opening 10 minutes to help build the early advantage for the Lady Canes, who held FVSU to 33 percent shooting while forcing five turnovers.
The defense from GSW turned up the pressure even higher on the Lady Wildcats in the second quarter, forcing 11 turnovers while allowing just two made shots from the floor. The Lady Canes used a 13-2 run to turn a close game into a 14 point lead before taking a 38-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
Fort Valley State was able to find its offense in the third quarter, shooting 46.7 percent from the floor on the way to scoring 18 points led by Alicia Franklin with eight of her 12. GSW put up 22 points of their own at the other end as seven different players scored, helped out by a 12-7 rebounding advantage including six offensive boards that led to five second-chance points.
The Lady Canes defense swarmed FVSU in the final 10 minutes, allowing just five points in the fourth quarter on one made basket from the field. GSW was 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the fourth to finish 75 percent from the stripe on the night.
Who Stood Out: The even distribution of scoring was a bright spot for GSW with the season-high four players scoring in double-figures. Gabby Figgers has now connected on 11 three-pointers in three games (11-of-25). Amanda Melosky has 16 rebounds on the season after grabbing nine boards Saturday.
Up Next: The Lady Canes have some time off before returning to the floor Saturday, December 2 for a 5:30 p.m. conference opener against USC Aiken at the Storm Dome.