February 2, 2013

Five Score in Double Figures to Lead Saint Women Past Montevallo on the Road

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The last time the University of North Georgia saw the University of Montevallo, the Falcons were escaping Memorial Hall Gymnasium with a two-point, 60-58 win. The second time around, the Saints (8-11, 6-6 PBC) were able to enact revenge on the Falcons (13-9, 8-5 PBC) with an 82-76 road victory inside Bank Trust Arena.

The Saints were solid from the field with a 29-58 (50%) performance that included going 4-11 (36.4%) from beyond the three-point arc. North Georgia also controlled the glass as they out-rebounded Montevallo 47-32, including 24-10 in the first half.

Four of North Georgia's starting five scored in double figures Saturday afternoon, led by Mimi Hill's 19 points. It was her fourth game in a row scoring in double figures as she went 7-11 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line while just missing out on a double-double with nine rebounds.

Crystal Moore came off the bench to score 15 points, going 5-7 from the field and 5-8 from the charity stripe, while Jaymee Carnes barely missed out on a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds. Keeley Chester and Stephanie Huffman rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Saints with 13 and 12 points respectively.

Montevallo went 28-65 (43.1%) from the field in the 40-minute contest. They made just four of their 18 three-point attempts (22.2%) but were able to score 24 points off of North Georgia's turnovers.

Just like the Saints, the Falcons had four starters and one bench player finish the game in double figures led by Trena Moore-Smith's 15 points. The guard went 6-12 with two three-pointers and matched North Georgia's Chester with a game-high seven assists.

Zena Nasiloski finished the game with 14 points while Alex Strickland recorded 13 points. Taylor Beverly and Jacquelyn Thompson's both finished with 12 with Thompson coming off the bench.

The Saints trailed only briefly eight and a half minutes into the game after jumping out to an 8-1 lead in the first three and a half minutes, but Carnes quickly hit a jump shot to take the lead back for North Georgia for good.

From there, the Saints worked to stretch the lead back out to a 36-32 advantage heading into halftime. North Georgia then went on to out-score the Falcons 46-44, leading by as many as 14 points at one point in the second half, to secure the win.

North Georgia has one more road contest, a Thursday, Feb. 7 5:30 p.m. contest at Young Harris College, before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a rematch against Columbus State University.