MORROW, Ga. – Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman tied her career-high of 21 points, including 14 in the second half, but it was not enough as the University of North Georgia women's basketball team fell on the road 86-65 to third-ranked Clayton State University Saturday night.
The Saints (4-8, 2-3 PBC) made a game of it for much of the early going, leading by one points several times in the first half, but the No. 3 Lakers (13-0, 6-0 PBC) out-scored the Saints 55-35 in the second stanza to earn their 13th win of the season.
The Saints performed better than the last time out, hitting 43.1% (22-51) of their shot attempts, but still struggled from three-point range as Huffman, Jaymee Carnes and Molly Rainwater all hit just one of their three-point attempts.
Huffman ended the night leading the way with her 21 points which ties her career-high set last season in a road game against Lander University. She also brought down 10 rebounds and added three assists.
Carnes was the only other player for North Georgia to score in double-digits as she recorded 19 to go along with six rebounds.
The Lakers hit 32 of their 76 shot attempts (.421) and surprising hit 11 of 32 shots from the three-point line despite having relied upon their interior game for much of the early season. Drameka Griggs came off the bench to lead all scorers with 26 points and also set up seven other scores.
Despite a 7-2 run by Clayton State to open the game, the Saints did not give up and battled back to tie things up at 9-9 nearly six minutes in. From there, the two would stay close until intermission when the score was 31-30 in favor of the nationally-ranked Lakers.
But the second half would be another story as the Lakers caught fire and shot 52.6% (20-38) from the field and made six treys to extend their lead out to the final 21-points. To their credit, North Georgia went 12-29 (.414) from the field in the second half, but 18 turnovers proved to be costly.
The Saints will now turn their focus to another road game, this time a rematch against Georgia College in Milledgeville, Ga. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. before returning back to Dahlonega for a four-game home-stand.