November 21, 2008

North Georgia Takes Down SAU 70-61 in Opener

Box Score

CLEVELAND, MS – The North Georgia women’s basketball team picked up their first win of the season Friday evening, pulling out a 70-61 victory over Southern Arkansas at the Margaret Wade Classic hosted by Delta State University at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.

North Georgia found themselves leading by just five points with 2:20 remaining in the contest, but the Lady Saints sank four free throws down the stretch and held the Lady Muleriders scoreless in the final two minutes to come away with the nine point victory.

Junior guard Brooke Baker led the way for North Georgia, sinking a pair of three-pointers and going 6-8 from the field for 17 points while grabbing four rebounds. Senior Syretha Marble was two rebounds shy of a double-double, recording 16 points and eight rebounds in 38 minutes of action.

North Georgia took the lead for good with 53 seconds remaining in the first half has Krysten Young knocked down a jumper to give the Lady Saints a 34-33 advantage. Marble would step to the free throw line with nine seconds left in the period and sink two foul shots to give North Georgia a 36-33 lead at intermission.

The Lady Saints led from wire to wire in the second period as North Georgia went on a 6-0 run to start the half. Head Coach Buffie Burson’s squad used layups from Marble, Baker, and Danielle Seeley to take a nine point lead at the 16:37 mark, a margin that would hold true to the final buzzer.

North Georgia shot 52.8 percent from the field, while Southern Arkansas was just 38.3 percent. The Lady Saints were 3-5 from behind the arc in the second half, while holding SAU to 28.6% shooting from long range in the contest.

North Georgia (1-0) returns to action Saturday evening in the final game of the Margaret Wade Classic, taking on Delta State University at 8:00 p.m.