Women’s college basketball: No. 1 Gulf Coast State pulls away from BPCC in second half

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The Bossier Parish Community College Lady Cavs played the nation’s No. 1 team almost even in the first half Thursday night in the Gulf Coast Classic.

But Gulf Coast State College pulled away in the second half for a 117-84 victory in Panama City, Fla.

The game was tied at 22 after the first quarter, and Gulf Coast State led 51-44 at the half.

“We just ran out of steam in the second half,” said BPCC coach John Rennie, whose team dropped to 5-8.

Ashlyn Jacobs, a freshman guard from Mansfield, led the Lady Cavs with 26 points. She scored 48 in two games in the Classic, including 22 against No. 3 Chipola College on Wednesday.

Savannah Thomas added 17 points and Samarius Colquitt 15.

Shayla Bennett, who hit eight of 13 3-pointers, led GCSC with 34 points. Gulf Coast State was 15 of 28 from 3-point range in the game. Maria Castro, who scored 21 points, sank seven of 10.

GCSC made three more 3-pointers than free throws.

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com