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May 8, 2006

Waldon selected as USA basketball’s trials court coach

Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball head coach, James Waldon, has been selected as trials court coach for USA Basketball’s 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship for women team trials, announced Friday.

The coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee, which is chaired by Sue Donohoe, the NCAA’s vice president of Division I women’s basketball.

“Getting a chance to represent your country, it's an unreal experience,” Waldon said. “When you deal with players with so much talent, it makes it that much easier to coach them.”

The trials for the USA U20 Championship team are scheduled for May 18-21 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The FIBA Americas U20 Championship For Women, Aug. 9-13, will feature teams from North, South and Central Americas and the Caribbean. The top three finishing teams qualify for the 2007 FIBA U21 Women's World Championship that will be held July 27-Aug. 5 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Coach Waldon has compiled a record of 144-87 (.623 winning percentage) in eight seasons (1998-99 to present) at Georgia Perimeter. This is also his first USA Basketball selection.

After a 4-9 start in 2005-06, the Lady Jaguars finished the season 21-11, appearing in the school's second consecutive National Junior Colleges Athletic Association National Championship Tournament and capturing the program's second straight regular season, conference tournament and district titles. Waldon was named the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Coach of the Year.

Under Waldon, Georgia Perimeter has finished as regular season conference champions four times (2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006) and captured three conference tournament titles (2001, 2005 and 2006).

2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship

Originally known as the FIBA Americas World Championship for Young Women Qualifying Tournament, the event was first held four years ago in 2002 as the U.S. squad earned the gold medal to qualify for the 2003 FIBA World Championship for Young Women. FIBA recently made the name change to reflect the age of eligible athletes (20 years old and younger). The USA not only captured gold at the inaugural event in 2002, held in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, it swept all four games and outscored the competition a whopping 102.8 points per game to 52.5 ppg. Brazil finished with the silver and Argentina claimed the bronze as all three teams qualified for the 2003 U21 Worlds.

2006 USA Basketball FIBA Americas U20 Championship For Women Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Joanne P. McCallie, Michigan State University
Assistant Coach: Joanne Boyle, University of California
Assistant Coach: Sam Dixon, Furman University (S.C.)
Trials Court Coach: DoBee Plaisance, Loyola University (La.)
Trials Court Coach: Dawn Plitzuweit, Grand Valley State University (Mich.)
Trials Court Coach: James Waldon, Georgia Perimeter College


May 1, 2006

Jawara heads to New Mexico State

Georgia Perimeter College sophomore, Anikia Jawara, signed a National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her basketball and academic career at New Mexico State University.

Jawara, a 6-foot-1 post player, is the first GPC women’s basketball player under head coach James Waldon to sign with a major Division I university. New Mexico State is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and competes in the Western Athletic Conference.

“This is an opportunity for me to achieve my goals and I liked what the school had to offer in its basketball program and academically,” said Jawara.

In two seasons at Georgia Perimeter, Jawara has been instrumental in the women’s basketball program success. She has helped the Lady Jaguars to two consecutive conference championships and national tournament appearances. An All-Region 17 first team selection and national Player of the Week recipient this season, Jawara averaged 12.8 points per game, and 9.6 rebounds per game.

Jawara was also courted by St. Joseph, Temple, UTEP, Fresno State and Fordham, to name a few. She plans to study mass communication at New Mexico State and hopes to make a big contribution to the team next season.

She is the third of five players in GPC’s sophomore this season to sign with a four-year school. Earlier in the season, Brandi Gray signed with Newberry College and most recently Brittany Baity, who signed with South Carolina State University.


April 13, 2006

Baity signs with South Carolina State

Georgia Perimeter College sophomore point guard, Brittany Baity, signed with South Carolina State University Wednesday to continue her basketball career and educational studies.

Baity, a Riverdale High School product, helped the Lady Jaguars to back-to-back conference tournament and district championships and the program’s first ever national tournament appearance.

In two seasons, Baity has established herself as GPC’s all-time assist leader with 497 assists and has led the nation in assists among junior college players. This season she broke two GPC’s records for three-point field goal percentage, shooting 36.4 percent from behind the arc and steals with 84.

The reigning Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 Player of the Year and conference tournament most valuable player, Baity led the Lady Jaguars in assists (7.9) and steals (2.6) and was the team’s third leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per game.

Baity has been instrumental in the success of Georgia Perimeter's women’s basketball program and hopes to make a big contribution at South Carolina State next season. 

She is the second of five GPC sophomores to sign with a four-year college this season. At the beginning of the season, Brandi Gray accepted a scholarship to Newberry College. 


April 13, 2006

Collins Hill senior signs with Georgia Perimeter

Collins Hill High School senior, Renee Jackson, signs a letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Georgia Perimeter College for the 2006-2007 season.

Jackson, a 5’9” point guard, helped Collins Hill to a class 5A championship this season, averaging 12 points, six rebounds and three assists per game.

The Lady Jaguars will look to Jackson as the floor leader next season.

“She sees the floor well and will have a significant role in where we plan to go next year,” said GPC head coach James Waldon.

As a junior, Jackson was named the Gwinnett County Tip-off Club Player of the Month while playing at Grayson High School and led the team in points, steals and assists.

With other offers from Middle Georgia College, Chattanooga Tech, Jacksonville and Newberry, Jackson decided that GPC would be the best fit for her to develop as a student-athlete.


March 27, 2006

Lady Jaguars drop two in national tournament

The road to the national tournament seemed like a difficult one in the beginning of the season for the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team after a 4-9 start. Some even counted them out.

“Looking back we started with 12 players and lost three in the second half of the season,” said GPC head coach James Waldon. “We had nine players remaining and we found a way to compete.”

The Lady Jaguars competed for the rest of the season as if they had nothing more to lose. Waldon’s careful guidance and the maturity of five sophomores carried the Lady Jaguars on a 17-game winning streak and back-to-back national tournament appearances in Salina, Kansas.

In the first round, the Lady Jaguars fell 91-51 to defending champion Central Arizona College (34-1 ). Shantrelle Matthews led GPC with 14 points and eight rebounds and Anikia Jawara recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Georgia Perimeter shot 31 percent from the floor and 20 percent from behind the arc.

With the loss, the Lady Jaguars were shifted to the consolation bracket and eliminated by Western Nebraska (32-4) in a heart breaking 45-44 loss.

Georgia Perimeter fought back from a 13-point second-half deficit and climbed within four points but not convert on opportunities to score. A last second shot at the buzzer fell short for the Lady Jaguars.

“They have so much heart and they just didn’t quit,” said Waldon. “I thought we played great defense and missed a lot of easy opportunities.”

Adama Mballow led the way for the Lady Jaguars with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Jawara chipped in 12 points and nine rebounds.

“It was remarkable to be back out here for a second year and a tremendous accomplishment in the face of adversity,” Waldon said. “This group achieved as much as they could.”

The Lady Jaguars finished the 2005-2006 campaign 21-11 overall, with consecutive regular season, conference tournament and district championships.


March 13, 2006

Georgia Perimeter advances to the national tournament

For the first time in school history, the Georgia Perimeter College men and women’s basketball teams have earned berths in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I national tournaments in the same year, winning their respective district championships on Saturday, Mar.11.

In the first round, the No. 16 seed Lady Jaguars (21-9) will face No.1 seed Central Arizona College on Tuesday, Mar. 21, at 4 p.m. in Salina, Kan. Central Arizona (28-0) is the reigning national champion.

This will be the second consecutive appearance in the national tournament for the Lady Jaguars, who topped No.12 Louisburg College 57-47 on the road in the NJCAA district championship.

“This team has played with the heart of champions,” said head coach James Waldon.

Sophomores Brittany Baity, Shantrelle Matthews and Anikia Jawara have carried the Lady Jaguars this season. Baity ranks second in the nation with 8.1 assists per game. Matthews leads the Jaguars in scoring for the second consecutive year with 12.8 points per game. Jawara leads the team in rebounding with 9.3 rebounds per game and is second in scoring with 12.4 points per game.

The men’s basketball team will take on Williston State (North Dakota) in the first round on Tuesday, Mar. 21, at 12 p.m. in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Jaguars (28-6) and Williston State (20-10) are unranked, but both received votes in the NJCAA national poll.

“It feels good to have an opportunity to compete for a national championship,” said sophomore guard Javarus Stewart.

The Jaguars (28-6) upset third-ranked Shelton State at in the NJCAA District 10 championship game to earn their second trip to the national tournament in three years. In 2004, GPC advanced to the quarterfinals and finished 1-2 in the national tournament.

Head Coach Alfred Barney will take a young team consisting of 12 freshmen to the national’s in its quest for a national championship.

“I felt we had a chance to make it to the national tournament with our talent level, but we had to mature quickly and play for each other and not self,” said Barney. “I am proud of them.”

Jacquiese Holcombe leads the team, averaging 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, followed by Satarvis Billings with 11.1 points per game and Marques Washington, Stewart and Jay Brown with nine points each.

The men and women’s basketball teams are the second and third GPC teams to compete for a national championship this season. GPC’s men’s soccer team won the national title in November.


March 4, 2006

Lady Jaguars crowned as two-time defending champions

It is not always how you start, but how you finish which seemed to be the story line for the defending champion Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball in the 2006 Georgia Junior College Athletic Association conference tournament championship game held in Albany, Ga., Saturday.

The Lady Jaguars, who struggled on both sides of the ball in the first half, pulled away from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the second period to win their second consecutive championship title 56-50.

“They showed the heart of champions and refused to lose,” said GPC head coach James Waldon.

In the first half, there were seven lead changes and four ties, and both teams held four-point leads. Georgia Perimeter shot 24 percent (9-of-37) from the field while ABAC shot 37 percent (10-of-27). Neither team could find its rhythm offensively and went into the break tied at 26.

“We wanted to come out in the second half and clamp down on offense,” said sophomore guard Brittany Baity.

Baity stepped up offensively and hit two back-to-back three-pointers for six of her 11 second-half points that broke a 45-45 tie with four minutes remaining. Dequisha Davis’ jumper with one minute remaining gave GPC a 54-49 lead and sealed the victory for the Lady Jaguars. Georgia Perimeter held the Fillies to one field goal in the final eight minutes of regulation.

”We are a family and came together to accomplish our goal of winning another championship,” said Baity.

Davis led GPC in scoring with 15 points, and Shantrelle Matthews contributed 14 points and four rebounds. Baity, the tournament’s most valuable player, finished with 12 points and six rebounds while Anikia Jawara chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Tonisha Wimbish pulled down seven rebounds.

The trio of Baity, Davis and Matthews were named to the All-Tournament team. GPC finished the season 20-9 overall and 12-0 in the conference, winning its last 16 games. Over the last two seasons, the Lady Jaguars have compiled a 31-1 conference record and hold a 23-game winning streak in the conference.

Georgia Perimeter will face Louisburg College in the National Junior College Athletic Association District 10 championship game Saturday, Mar. 11, 2 p.m., in Louisburg, N.C., for the right to compete in the NJCAA national tournament, Mar. 21-25.


March 3, 2006

GPC advances to championship game

The Georgia Perimeter College women's basketball team dominated South Georgia Technical College 74-43 in the semifinals of the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association conference tournament Friday for the right to play for its second consecutive championship.

Dequisha Davis led the Lady Jaguars with a career-high 18 points, five assists and three steals followed by Shantrelle Matthews who poured in 16 points, nine rebounds and four steals and Brittany Baity with 13 points, six rebounds, assists and steals.

The Jaguars will face Abraham Baldwin in the finals Saturday, Mar. 4, in Albany, Ga.


March 1, 2006

Georgia Perimeter wins regular season championship

Georgia Perimeter College won the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 women’s basketball regular season championship for the second consecutive year.

The Lady Jaguars cruised through the conference undefeated at 12-0 and finished the season winning their last 14 games. In the last two seasons, GPC has compiled a 23-1 conference record

For their accomplishments this season, sophomores Brittany Baity and Anikia Jawara were first team All-Region selections while Shantrelle Matthews was honored on the second team. Baity, who averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 assists per game, was also named the GJCAA Player of the Year.

GPC will defend its conference tournament championship Friday, Mar. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinal game against the winner of South Georgia Tech and Truett-McConnell. The tournament is hosted by Darton College.


February 23, 2006

Lady Jaguars explode past Atlanta Metro

It was the final home game for five Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team sophomore players and they finished on top with a 73-32 victory over Atlanta Metropolitan College Wednesday and an undefeated conference season.

Sophomores Shantrelle Matthews and Adama Mballow led all scorers with 15 points each while Brittany Baity added 11 points and Anikia Jawara finished with 10 points and 17 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive glass. Mballow also grabbed 10 rebounds.

GPC controlled the tempo of the game since the start and opened a 28-13 halftime lead. The Lady Jaguars outscored Atlanta Metro by 26 points in the second half.

Atlanta Metro’s Stefanie Durant scored nine points for the Panthers.

As the regular season champion, GPC (17-9) earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament to be held March 3 and 4 at Darton College in Albany, Georgia.


February 20, 2006

Matthews carry GPC over Fillies

Shantrelle Matthews scored 22 of her game-high 25 points in the second half to help the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team to its 11th consecutive conference win with a 75-66 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at home Saturday.

With only three points on five attempts in the first half, Matthews, GPC’s leading scorer, found her offensive rhythm and hit nine of 16 from the floor and five of seven from behind the three-point line to finish the game.

GPC trailed by as many as 12 points including a 34-31 deficit at the break. The Lady Jaguars started the comeback with two consecutive three-pointers by Brittany Baity assisted by Matthews that tie the game 60-60 with five minutes remaining.

The Lady Jaguars finished on 15-6 run, holding the Fillies to two field goals down the stretch.

Baity recorded 18 points and four assists, while Anikia Jawara added 14 points and nine rebounds and Dequisha Davis chipped in 12 points off the bench.

The Fillies’ Ray-Donee Jones scored 15 points to lead the team.

Georgia Perimeter (16-9, 11-0) will host Atlanta Metro, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m. at the Decatur campus gymnasium in its final home game of the season.


February 16, 2006

Jawara named NJCAA Player of the Week

Georgia Perimeter College’s post player, Anikia Jawara, has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I women’s basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 11.

The sophomore averaged 23 points, 9.6 rebounds and four steals in the last three games, which includes a season-high 29 points against Truett-McConnell, Feb. 14. On the season, she leads the team in rebounding with 9.4 rebounds per game and is second in scoring with 12.4 points per game.

Jawara, one of two captains on the team, has helped the Lady Jaguars to a perfect 10-0 conference record with two conference games remaining on the schedule. In the last three contests against Truett-McConnell, Middle Georgia and South Georgia Tech, GPC have outscored their opponents 231-150.


February 15, 2006

Baity records first career triple-double

Georgia Perimeter College’s sophomore Brittany Baity scored her first career triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists as the Lady Jaguars pounced Truett-McConnell 87-53 on the road Tuesday.

Baity, the team’s floor general, leads the nation with 8.2 assists per game and is third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game.

Georgia Perimeter shot 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from behind the arc.

Anikia Jawara led the way for the Lady Jaguars with a career-high 29 points and 13 rebounds and recorded her fourth double-double on the season. Sophomore Shantrelle Matthews, GPC leading scorer, finished with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists while Adama Mballow added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Next, GPC (15-9, 10-0) will host Abraham Baldwin Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. at the Decatur campus gymnasium.


February 13, 2006

Lady Jaguars extend conference record to 9-0

Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team used a second half run to knock off Middle Georgia College 59-48 in conference action Saturday.

With the win, GPC improved to 14-9 overall and remained perfect in Georgia Junior College Athletic Association with a 9-0 league record.

Anikia Jawara led three Lady Jaguars in double-figures with 16 points and nine rebounds. Dequisha Davis came off the bench to add 15 points, while Adama Mballow chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds.

Middle Georgia was paced by Crystal Poindexter’s 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the three-point line.

GPC led by as many as 10 points in a see-saw first half with 10 lead changes and two ties before Shantrelle Mathhews’ three pointer gave GPC a 33-30 lead at the break.

The second half remained a close battle, but Davis hit one of two three-pointers that broke a 36-36 tie with 15 minutes remaining. Jawara and Davis, who scored 22 of GPC’s 26 second half points, led GPC on a 25-12 run to end the game.

The Lady Jaguars will meet Truett-McConnell College on the road Tuesday, Feb. 14, in a 5:30 p.m. match-up, before hosting Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m.


February 2, 2006

GPC escapes with win over Middle Georgia

After a week off from play, Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team came away with a sloppy 42-36 victory over Middle Georgia at home Wednesday.

Both teams struggled poorly from the floor and could not find their offensive rhythm. GPC shot a dismal 25 percent (16-of-64) from the floor and six percent (1-of-16) from the behind the arc.

Middle Georgia, on the other hand, shot only 34 percent (13-of-38) from the floor and 16 percent from the three-point line. The Warriors led by as many as eight points in the first half and went into halftime with a 19-16 lead, which was GPC’s lowest output in a half this season.

Much of the same continued in the second-half for both teams before Georgia Perimeter took its first lead of the game with nine minutes remaining. Missed opportunities for Middle Georgia proved to be costly down the stretch as the Lady Warriors remained scoreless in the final four minutes.

Anikia Jawara, the only GPC player in double-figures, finished with a game-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Adama Mballow also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Jaguars.

With the win, GPC improves to 11-9 overall and 6-0 in the conference. The Lady Jaguars will meet Darton College on the road Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. before hosting South Georgia Tech Wednesday, Feb. 8, in a 5:30 p.m. match-up.


January 27, 2006

Lady Jaguars topple Atlanta Metro, 83-31

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team held Atlanta Metro College to 10 second half points en route to an 83-31 victory over the Lady Panthers on the road Wednesday.

GPC opened an 11-point lead at halftime, but dismantled Atlanta Metro in the second half, outscoring the Lady Panthers 51-10 in the second half.

Anikia Jawara led the way for the Lady Jaguars with 15 of her game-high 23 points in the second half. GPC’s Brandi Gray also contributed 14 points and five rebounds, Shantrelle Matthews added 10 points, five assists and five rebounds and Adama Mballow recorded a game-high 16 rebounds and four blocks.

Georgia Perimeter also got a lift off the bench from Shankel Allen with nine points, five rebounds and five assists and Dequisha Davis with seven points, four rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Shayla Burrell led Atlanta Metro with 14 points.

The Lady Jaguars improve to 10-9 overall and 5-0 in the conference and will host Middle Georgia College, Wednesday, Feb. 1, in a 5:30 p.m. match-up at the Decatur campus gymnasium.


January 23, 2006

Georgia Perimeter outlasts ABAC for conference win

In a grueling battle between two undefeated teams in the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Region 17 conference, Georgia Perimeter College came away with a 68-60 victory over Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on the road Saturday.

The Jaguars are 4-0 in the conference and claim sole possession of first place. GPC’s inside duo of Anikia Jawara and Adama Mballow led the Lady Jaguars against ABAC with a combined 27 points and 33 rebounds. The twosome recorded their third double-double on the season with Jawara recording 13 points and 19 rebounds and Mballow adding 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Georgia Perimeter improves its record to 9-9 overall and will face cross-city rival Atlanta Metro on the road, Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m.


January 17, 2006

Georgia Perimeter remains undefeated in conference play

Sophomore Anikia Jawara scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, as Georgia Perimeter College cruised to its third conference victory with a win over Truett-McConnell College 96-49 at home Tuesday.

Jawara, who also finished with 12 rebounds, was one of four GPC players to record a double-double along with Shantrelle Matthews: 16 points and 11 rebounds, Adama Mballow:14 points and 11 rebounds and Brandi Gray: 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dequisha Davis also contributed 12 points and Brittany Baity recorded 13 points and six assists for the Lady Jaguars.

With a 23-point halftime lead, GPC held the Lady Bears to 26 percent shooting and 22 points in the first half. Georgia Perimeter also won the battle on the boards with a 59 to 37 advantage.

Shawna Harrison led the Lady Bears with 20 points.

The Lady Jaguars will travel to face Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, Saturday, Jan. 21, in a 2 p.m. conference match-up.


January 11, 2006

Lady Jaguars roll past South Georgia Tech

Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team outscored South Georgia Technical College by 20 points in the second half en route to an 82-57 victory over the Lady Jets on the road in conference action Wednesday.

The Lady Jaguars (7-9, 2-0) shot 58 percent from the floor and 76 percent from behind the three-point line in the second half. They pounded the ball inside to Adama Mballow and Anikia Jawara, who went to work for 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Shantrelle Matthews, GPC’s leading scorer, was explosive on offense, hitting eight of 11 shots from the field and all four of her free-throw attempts for a game-high 21 points. Dequisha Davis (13) and Shankel Allen (10) also scored in double figures for the Lady Jaguars.

GPC led 35-30 at halftime and held the Lady Jets to 32 percent shooting from the field.

South Georgia Tech’s Tierra Hutcherson led the team with 11 points.

Next, Georgia Perimeter will host Truett-McConnell, Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m. All home games are played on GPC’s Decatur campus.


January 7, 2006

Lady Jaguars win conference opener

Georgia Perimeter College’s Shantrelle Matthews led all scorers with 22 points as the Lady Jaguars topped Darton College 74-52 in their conference opener at home Saturday.

Matthews, the Lady Jaguars’ leading scorer with 12.2 points per contest, shot 9-of-15 from the field and hit three of four free throws. She also added seven rebounds and three assists.

“Our team stepped up big,” said GPC head coach James Waldon.

Leading 36-22 at halftime, GPC held Darton to 29 percent shooting from the field while hitting 43 percent of its own field goals. The Lady Cavaliers won the rebounding battle 52-43.

Anikia Jawara, who contributed 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Jaguars, recorded her second double-double of the season. Vashti Banks also finished with 12 points.

Darton’s Tiowanna Spann led the team with 11 points and Sanielle Bryant grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for the Lady Cavaliers.

GPC improved to 5-9 on the season and 1-0 in the conference. Next, the Lady Jaguars will meet conference opponent South Georgia Technical College on the road Jan. 11, in a 5:30 p.m. match-up.


January 4, 2006

GPC goes 0-2 in Christmas Classic

Sophomore guard Brittany Baity recorded a double-double for Georgia Perimeter College in a losing effort against Three Rivers Community College 76-73 and host Southwest Tennessee Community College 70-66 in the Lady Saluqis Classic, Dec. 28-29.

Baity, the nation’s junior college assist leader, averaged 14.6 points and 12 assists per game in the classic.

In overtime against Three Rivers, the Lady Jaguars had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but a 3-point attempt fell short. GPC’s Brandy Gray finished with a career-high 14 points and Adama Mballow added 13 points and eight rebounds. Anikia Jawara grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds.

Southwest Tennessee hit 11-of-19 from 3 three-point range, which carried them to victory over GPC. Georgia Perimeter shot 49 percent from the field and outrebounded the Lady Saluqis 40-27. Three Lady Jaguars scored in double figures including Shantrelle Matthews 14, Mballow 11 and Baity 15.

GPC falls to 4-9 on the season and will host its first conference game against Darton College, Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. All GPC home games are played on the Decatur campus.


December 16, 2005

Chipola pulls away from Georgia Perimeter

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team’s hopes of knocking off No. 2 Chipola College ended as an 11-1 second-half run helped the Lady Indians to a 66-57 victory over GPC Thursday.

After a close first half with five lead changes and nine ties, neither team held no more than a two-point lead. Chipola’s Chinata Nesbit gave the Indians a 31-29 halftime advantage with a basket at the buzzer.

Chipola’s late run with six minutes remaining gave the Indians a 56-46 lead that was too much for the Lady Jaguars to overcome.

Brittany Baity, who made 10-of-10 free throws, led GPC with 14 points and five assists. Shantrelle Matthews added 11 points and eight rebounds and Phebe Smith chipped in nine points for the Lady Jaguars.

Ta’Yani Clark scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Chipola on 11-of-18 shooting from the field. Nesbit finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Nacole Stocks chipped in 13 points.

The Lady Jaguars will play in the Memphis Tournament, Dec. 28-29, before hosting Darton College in their first conference game, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m.


December 6, 2005

Lady Jaguars end four-game skid

The Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team’s four-game slide ended with victories over host Daytona Beach Community College, 59-50, and Florida Community College, 72-67, in a tournament at Daytona Beach Friday and Saturday.

Phebe Smith led the Jaguars with a combined 28 points and 20 rebounds in the tournament. Raeshawn Mobley added 10 rebounds and Shantrelle Matthews chipped in nine points against Daytona.

Brittany Baity scored a season-high 18 points and dished 11 assists to lead GPC over Florida Community College, and Anikia Jawara finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mobley also recorded nine points, nine rebounds and three assists.

The Lady Jaguars will look to avenge a November, 75-70, road loss in a rematch with Spartanburg Methodist College at home on Friday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. All home games are played on GPC’s Decatur campus.


November 29, 2005

Spartanburg hands Georgia Perimeter women fourth consecutive loss

Georgia Perimeter College struggled from the field and a late run was not enough to overcome a feisty Spartanburg Methodist team that handed the Lady Jaguars a 75-70 loss on the road Tuesday.

Spartanburg led most of the game, until a basket by Brittany Baity gave GPC (1-5) its first lead of the game, 54-52, at the 8:30 mark. The Lady Pioneers then went on an 18-7 run for the next six minutes and opened a nine-point lead with 2:40 remaining.

After a host of missed shots from both teams, Brandy Gray tied the game at 70 for the Jaguars with 1:07 on the clock, and that is where GPC would remain to finish the game.

Sophomores Anikia Jawara and Shantrelle Matthews led Georgia Perimeter in scoring with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Gray added nine points and Adama Mballow grabbed six rebounds.

LaToya Mack led Spartanburg with 16 points, and Octavia Brown finished with 12.

The Lady Jaguars will look to improve their record on the road in the Daytona Beach Community College tournament, Dec. 2 and 3.


November 10, 2005

Gray signs with Newberry College

Georgia Perimeter College sophomore forward Brandi Gray signed a letter of intent Wednesday to finish her basketball and educational career at Newberry College next year.

Newberry College, a private Christian school located in South Carolina, recruited Gray out of Lakeside high school, but she chose to begin her college career at Georgia Perimeter instead.

“I am excited about the opportunity to play at Newberry and contribute to the team next season,” said Gray.

Gray was a reserve on last year’s Lady Jaguar squad, which earned its first trip to the national championship tournament. She played valuable minutes last season, according to head coach James Waldon, averaging two points per contest.

“She is a model student-athlete,” Waldon said. “She has only scratched the surface on her potential as a basketball player.”

This season Gray will primarily be used as defender against stronger opposing players, particularly at the guard position. Waldon also expects her scoring to increase.

Although, she can now relax with this major decision behind her, Gray and the rest of the Lady Jaguars have unfinished business this season with hopes of winning a national championship.

Planning to study pre-med at Newberry, Gray is the first to sign of four Georgia Perimeter sophomores whom Waldon expects to earn scholarships from four-year colleges.


November 7, 2005

Lady Jaguars drop season opener

With 1:30 left in the game, No. 4 Gulf Coast Community College chips away at No. 24 Georgia Perimeter’s once eight point lead for a 76-68 victory over the Lady Jaguars Saturday.

Turnovers and missed free throws proved to be costly down the stretch for the Lady Jaguars who hit 5-of-14 from the free throw line.

After a slow start by both teams in the first half and a 35-35 tie at halftime, GPC controlled the first five minutes of the second half and led for much of the remaining period.

Sophomores Shantrelle Matthews and Anikia Jawara scored in double figures for the Lady Jaguars with 21 and 13 points respectively. Matthews, GPC’s leading scorer last season shot 61 percent (8-of-13)from the field and 57 percent (4-of-7) from behind the arc, also contributed four rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Jawara, who shot 75 percent from the charity stripe, also grabbed a team high eight rebounds. GPC’s all-time assist leader, Brittany Baity, dished a game-high 10 assists and added eight points. Dequisha Davis, Vashti Banks and Ashley Hagans all scored eight points each.

The Lady Jaguars will travel to Marianna, Fla., for the Chipola College tournament Nov. 11-12, 2005. GPC will host its first home game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, against Chattanooga College at 6 p.m. All home games are played on GPC’s Decatur campus.