January 21, 2012

Short-Handed Lady Saints Fall at No. 11 USC Aiken

Contact Joey Daniels, jddani9448@northgeorgia.edu

AIKEN, SC – The Lady Saints were short-handed on the road Saturday evening and fell to the 11th-ranked team in the country in USC Aiken, 68-42.

With the absence of Jaymee Carnes, head coach Buffie Burson had only seven players suited up on the road. Carnes leads the team and the nation in scoring at 27 points per game.

North Georgia (9-7, 3-4 PBC) dropped their second straight game and did so being at a huge disadvantage.

As if playing on the road against the 11th-ranked team in the country wasn't enough, the Lady Saints had to do so with just seven players dressed.

Jessica Trice tried to carry the load for North Georgia, but the burden was simply too much. Trice finished with 13 points and four rebounds to lead the way.

The poor shooting continued for the Lady Saints as they shot just 28.3 percent (15-53) from the floor and only 18.8 percent (3-16) from the three-point line.

Freshman Stephanie Huffman played all 40 minutes of the contest and finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Huffman also added seven assists.

USC Aiken (14-2, 7-1 PBC) saw 12 players see action and every one of them recording a basket.

The Pacers were led by Hannah DeGraffinreed who finished with 14 points and four assists. Mackenzie Reese added 12 points off the bench.

The Lady Saints now return home for back-to-back games at Memorial Hall. North Georgia welcomes in Armstrong on Wednesday, before bringing in Flagler on Saturday. Tip-off on Wednesday is set for 5:30 PM.