MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 25-ranked Lander women's basketball team could not find its offense in a 63-55 loss at Georgia College on Saturday afternoon, recording its lowest point total of the season in just its second Peach Belt Conference loss of the year. Lea Petit led the Bearcats with 12 points on the day.
Lander (12-3, 7-2 PBC) held a 29-27 advantage at halftime, courtesy of a Jessica Harris three-pointer with 28 seconds left in the first half, but the Bobcats (9-5, 6-2 PBC) opened the third quarter on a 20-8 run to pull ahead 47-37 with 2:29 remaining in the period. Four points from Petit in the final 2:12 moved the Bearcats within six entering the fourth quarter.
Trailling by 10 halfway through the fourth quarter, Lander followed a Chelsea Mitchell layup by forcing back-to-back turnovers that led to a layup from Destinee Langford and a three from Victoria Baldwin, closing the gap to 58-55 with 3:11 to play.
However, the Bearcats missed their final four shots from the field as Georgia College put the game away at the free-throw line. Lander was 6-of-11 from the charity stripe, snapping its five-game streak of shooting at least 75.0% on free throw attempts.
Langford and Mitchell finished with eight points, while Baldwin and Ariana Sanders added six each. Langford was the team's leading rebounder, grabbing seven boards.
With the loss, Lander sits a half-game behind North Georgia and Flagler for the top spot in the PBC standings. Lander faces North Georgia on Jan. 24 and defeated Flagler earlier this month.
The Bearcats conclude a three-game road stretch on Monday afternoon at Clayton State. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.