AIKEN, SC - North Georgia College & State University led by a bucket at the break, but could not fend off the Lady Pacers in the second half as USC Aiken rallied for a 76-59 win at the Convocation Center Saturday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.
North Georgia grabbed the early lead and built a 14-10 spread with 14:00 on the clock after a Kourtney Singleton lay-up. Singleton scored a career-high 34 in the first meeting between the two teams, but was held to 14 on Saturday night.
Jordon Thomas connected on a pair of free throws to ignite a 10-2 run as the Lady Pacers took their first lead 20-16 after six-straight points from Williams with 8:51 left in the half. Williams finished 10-of-11 from the field, breaking the school record for single game accuracy.
After Singleton knotted the game back up on two charity tosses, the final 5:25 saw five ties and seven lead changes with no one leading by more than a bucket. Victoria Peevy converted 3-of-4 free throws in the closing 38 seconds to give North Georgia the edge at the break 33-31.
North Georgia used a 6-0 spurt early in the final stanza to pull in front by their largest margin 46-41 on a Megan Huffman three-pointer with 14:24 to play. It would mark Huffman's only points of the second half as she finished with 13.
Tied for the 12th time in the game at 53-53 with 8:58 left, Williams knocked down a three-pointer from the wing, igniting 14-0 run, as USC Aiken would pull away for a 76-59 win.
Syretha Marble and Kourtney Singleton led the Saints with 14 points each while Megan Huffman added 13. The Lady Saints shot 35 percent from the field, compared to 53 percent from the Lady Pacers.
North Georgia (14-7, 7-7 PBC) return to action on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 pm for Spirit Night 2008 against Columbus State University.