January 28, 2012

Lady Saints Break Through, Take Down Flagler 74-55

Contact David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia women's basketball team got back on track Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd, taking down Flagler College 74-55 in Memorial Hall in Peach Belt Conference action. 

The Lady Saints (10-8, 4-5) led by just five points at the half, but used hot shooting and timely defense to put Flagler (2-17, 1-11) away and avoid the upset.

Jaymee Carnes got back on track with her double-double routine, scoring a game-high 29 points and adding 14 rebounds as the sophomore continues to lead the country in scoring at 25.7 points per contest. Carnes was the spark for the Lady Saints early, scoring the team's first nine points of the afternoon. 

Giovanni Sims got hot in the second half and pulled out a double-double of her own with 12 points and 11 boards, while Stephanie Huffman rounded out the North Georgia players in double figures with 11. Huffman was also just a rebound short of a double-double and three assists shy of the team's first triple-double of the season.

The Lady Saints put Flagler away at the free throw line, outscoring the visiting Saints 20-6 at the charity stripe. North Georgia was 76 percent (20-26) from the free throw line, while Flagler was 75 percent (6-8) from the line. 

North Georgia ran away with the game in the opening minutes of the second half, using an 11-1 run to race out to a 15-point lead at 44-29. The run was capped by a jumper from Amanda Rector with 15:34 remaining, two of the freshman's seven points in the game.

The Lady Saints return to action on Wednesday evening when they travel to Americus, Georgia, to take on in-state rival Georgia Southwestern. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Storm Dome.