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GC women put perfect mark on line; men try to get even

By THE NEWS HERALD
sports@pcnh.com

January 12. 2016 5:01PM

 

PANAMA CITY — The No. 3 Gulf Coast women’s basketball team looks to keep its perfect record intact, while the Commodore men try to snap a two-game losing skid against Pensacola State Wednesday night at the Billy Harrison Field House.

 

The women’s game tips at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Lady Commodores (17-0 overall, 3-0 in the Panhandle Conference) are coming off of a comeback victory over No. 11 Northwest Florida State on Saturday when they rallied from 11 points down with three minutes left in regulation to win 89-80 in overtime.

 

Kristina King led Gulf Coast with 24 points and 13 rebounds, with Amanda Paschal adding 17 points, and Raven Fox scoring 10 of her 17 in the overtime.

 

With three conference wins — including two over nationally-ranked teams on the road — the Lady Commodores will try to sweep the first round of the league schedule against a Pensacola team that currently is riding a four-game losing streak.

 

The Lady Pirates lost their last two nonconference games to Georgia Highlands and South Georgia Tech and started the Panhandle Schedule with losses of 67-65 to Tallahassee and 72-56 to Northwest Florida State.

 

Freshman guard Daija Brown leads Pensacola State with 15 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting, while sophomore guard Jamella Smith averages 14.1 points.

 

Gulf Coast starting power forward Audrey-Ann Goudreau likely will miss her fifth straight game due to injury, coach Roonie Scovel said. In her absence, King has averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds over the past four games.

 

The GC men (14-7, 1-2) have lost two straight since winning their conference opener over Chipola, falling 95-81 at home to Tallahassee and Saturday to Northwest Florida State 101-99 in double overtime.

 

Cobe Goosby had 26 points, six rebounds, six assists, and four steals for the Commodores in the recent loss, with Curtis Weathers adding 20 points off the bench. Donovan Franklin had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Davaris McGowens had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

 

The Pensacola State men (8-8, 0-2) also are looking for their first Panhandle Conference victory after close losses to Tallahassee and Northwest Florida State.

 

The Pirates had a bumpy start to the season, losing five of their first eight games. But they went 5-1 in December and have lost their two conference games by a combined 10 points, making their record a bit deceiving.

 

The addition of 6-foot-2 freshman point guard Hassani Gravett following the Christmas break has given Pensacola a boost in the backcourt. The former Louisiana-Lafayette signee is averaging 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.3 assists through his first four games.

 

Pensacola is also getting 12.6 points and six rebounds per game from freshman forward Harrison Curry and 10.7 points from sophomore guard Jamal Thomas.

 

Freshman guard Jeremy Harris is currently leading four Gulf Coast players in double figures with 14 points per game. Goosby and Franklin are next with 12.6 and 12.2 points, with McGowens adding 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

 

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