March 6, 2009

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Atlanta, Ga. - Greensboro College defeated Mississippi College, 77-70, in an NCAA first round playoff game at Oglethorpe University on Friday night. Dione Eccles (Clemmons NC/West Forsyth) had a game-high 18 points for The Pride. Danielle Duncan (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) tallied 16 and Nikki Wilborn contributed 13 points for GC. Stats

Greensboro improved to 27-2, the most wins of any previous GC basketball team. The Pride advances to face the winner of the Oglethorpe-Maryville game. The victory was the second ever in the NCAA playoffs for The Pride (GC bested Moravian in 2006).

The Choctaws got off to a strong start and led 15-14 with 13:05 left in the first half. GC, however, then went on a 20-2 run and after two Eccles free throws led 34-17 at the 7:40 mark. The Pride was ahead 40-26 at the break.

GC's biggest lead was 16 points in the second half. After a Katie Freeman (Thomasville NC/East Davidson) bucket Greensboro was ahead 65-49 with 6:45 remaining.

Yet MC rallied again. Anna Patterson made a three-pointer with 16 seconds in regulation that put the GC margin at 75-70. Patterson, who later fouled out, led the Choctaws with 17 points. MC forced a turnover but Jalessa Taylor missed a short jumper. After Brittany Dukes got an offensive rebound MC turned the ball over. Mississippi committed 32 turnovers to 28 for Greensboro.

Wilborn then converted the last two points of the game from the charity stripe with two seconds remaining.

The free throw line was crucial for The Pride. GC made 19-30 while Mississippi College converted just three of six chances. The Choctaws shot 50-percent (30-60) to 48-percent (26-54) for GC. The Pride won the battle of the boards 36-30.

GC's Kim Enoch (Mebane, NC/Bartlett Yancey) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and Lindsay Thrift (Asheboro, NC/Southwestern Randolph) dished nine assists, also a game best.

Mississippi College ends its year at 22-5.