The GC’s women’s basketball team began Saturday’s game with a slight lead on Augusta but quickly fell behind after the first quarter, trailing Augusta by a score of 21-20.
GC went 4-for-7 from the 3-point line during the first quarter, making 57.1 percent of their shots.
Augusta held the lead at the half while GC fell behind starting the second half off with a score of 41-28.
“I didn’t think we defended like we were supposed to defend,” said head coach Maurice Smith. “I thought that we were kind of a step slow. We didn’t do a good job locking in with personnel. So it was more of a hats off to Augusta making us pay for our mistakes and them being a good team.”
Both teams played aggressively, as exemplified by senior mathematics major Sydney Cleveland’s fight for rebounds in the second half.
“We started out slow, but then I think half time is when we decided, ‘Hey, let’s get back,’” Cleveland said. “But unfortunately you’ve got to do that all 40 minutes, not just one half.”
Cleveland scored 19 points during the game. She said she wants to take steps going forward to improve on defense and rebounding in the next game.
Jasmine McSwain followed suit, scoring 12 points for GC. She said the team could improve by knowing and executing their jobs better on the court.
“We needed to take away their strengths, and we didn’t do that today,” McSwain said. “Augusta’s strength is shooting. You dead-end capitalize on that, and we ran out slow with our hands up and kept letting them do it over and over again and didn’t learn from the beginning.”
Augusta maintained their lead into the last quarter with a 55-37 score, starting off with a 20 point lead.
“We had to lock in,” McSwain said. “We should have been more focused.”
Augusta won the game with a score of 78-55.
“We got to get back to our roots,” Smith said. “I think our roots are defense and rebounding. That’s the foundation for us. If we can play like how we are supposed to play, getting stops defensive with transition defense, that’s where our bets lie.”
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