West Georgia holds off furious Miles rally

Carrollton, Ga. – December 13, 2005 – Three Braves scored in double figures and Rachelle Washington had a career high for points and rebounds en route to a 69-53 win Tuesday night over Miles in the HPE Building.

With Natasha Liggins nursing a twisted ankle on the sidelines Tuesday night, West Georgia head coach needed someone to step up and help All-America candidate Tai Ellis on the offensive end. Ellis got plenty of help from guards Washington and Yvonne Killings, who both had 11 points on the night to help the cause. Ellis continued her amazing season with 24 points on the night. She has scored at least 20 points in seven of the Braves’ 10 games thus far.

The Braves came out playing opportunistic on both sides of the ball, taking advantage of a poor shooting night from the Golden Bears in the first half and turning things around for points. A Miles layup from JaMarva Earvin with 15:33 made the score a close 8-6 early in the contest. But that would be the last field goal the Golden Bears would get in the first half, as West Georgia outscored Miles 25-2 into the break for a commanding 33-8 lead at halftime.

The second half started very much the same as the first half, as the Braves built a 43-12 lead over the first 6:45 in the period. But at the 13:15 point, Miles guard Mikesha Jackson took over.

The senior scored all 15 of her team-high points over the final 10:11 of the contest in leading the Golden Bears on a furious rally. But the Braves’ free-throw shooting kept Miles at bay, as the lead never reached single-digits.

The Braves move to 6-4 on the year with Delta State coming to town Saturday night. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

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