Story by Walker McCrary
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team dropped the rematch against the Columbus State Cougars 84-75 on Saturday in Memorial Hall in an extremely physical game.
The first half saw the Saints (8-13, 6-8 PBC) and the Cougars go back and forth. With 5:30 to play in the first half, Stephanie Huffman hit her fifth free throw in as many attempts to record her 500th career point at North Georgia.
The Saints led by two right before halftime before the Cougars went on a 7-0 run to close out the half.
The Cougars continued the run into the second half, extending the lead into double digits before North Georgia started to rally back behind Mimi Hill. The Saints got to with three with 10:46 remaining in the contest after Hill hit a layup.
North Georgia would not pull any closer, however, as Columbus State extended the lead to as many as 13 on their way to the win.
Hill led the way for the Saints, shooting 13-20 from the field and recording 30 points. Huffman finished with 16 points and Jaymee Carnes finished with 10. Carnes has now surpassed the 1,000 point milestone at North Georgia after hitting her first basket of the game just 30 seconds into the contest.
North Georgia shot close to over 47 percent, but hit just a quarter of their three point attempts in the loss.
North Georgia will look to rebound next week as they travel to Florence, S.C. to take on Francis Marion University on Thursday, Feb. 14. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.