AMERICUS, Ga.- After winning their last five games the Georgia Southwestern women's basketball team ended their non-conference play with a loss to Fort Valley State Wednesday night in the Storm Dome.
GSW is now 5-2 and FVSU moved to 2-7.
The Lady 'Canes started strong with a 5-0 lead in the opening minutes. Khayla Owens made a layup and Shanya Jones scored three after stealing the ball, scoring and making a free throw. FVSU trailed by two for most of the first quarter and headed into the second down 12-10.
The Wildcats tied the game with two free throws to start the second quarter. Va'Queshia Hall took the lead back with a layup but FVSU scored two baskets to take the lead. Whitney Young tied the game 16-16 and Chanice Whitton went on an eight point streak followed by Mallory Diamond with a jump shot and a layup to help lead 28-16 with 3:29 left in the first half.
FVSU made a layup and a jump shot to close the gap a little and Diamond put in two free throws to put GSW's lead to eight points. FVSU was able to put in a 3-pointer and layup before halftime to trail 30-25.
The game was tied again after FVSU put in a layup and a 3-pointer to start out the third quarter. Hall put in a 3-pointer and a free throw followed by Aleah Holden and Kris Beckham with layups to lead by seven. FVSU closed the gap to four points by the end of the third trailing 43-39.
The fourth quarter was a battle until the very end. GSW was leading 59-56 with 1:15 remaining. The Wildcats made a basket to trail by one point with 41 second left and put in a 3-pointer to take a two point lead with nine seconds to go. Jones was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to take a one point lead with five seconds left.
FVSU took a time out and advanced up the court and were able to make a basket with two seconds left to take a one point lead earning them a 63-62 win over the Lady 'Canes.
Holden recorded her second double double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hall scored 11 points and Diamond scored 10.
The Lady Hurricanes are home Saturday for their first conference game against Francis Marion University at 1:30 p.m.