FLORENCE, S.C. – In need of a statement victory, the University of North Georgia women's basketball team went on the road and dominated the Patriots of Francis Marion University Thursday night. The Saints left Florence with their largest victory of the season, a34-point, 82-48 Peach Belt Conference cross division victory.
The Saints (9-13, 7-8 PBC) held the Patriots (10-10, 4-9 PBC) to their fewest points for the season and their worst shooting performance (25.0%). The Saints ended the game shooting 35-59 (59.3%) compared to 17-68 by FMU. It was North Georgia's best shooting performance of the season.
North Georgia opened the game with a 29-3 run through the first 11 minutes of play. During that stretch, the Saints shot 68.4% (13-19) from the field while holding the Patriots to just one field goal as part of a 5.8% (1-17) shooting performance. By halftime, the Patriots had managed to score 39 points after going on a 21-10 run to end the first half.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Saints had five players in double figures led by Stephanie Huffman's 17 points. The sophomore guard went 6-12 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line while also bringing down six rebounds and setting up six other scores.
Mimi Hill continued her stellar run Thursday night, extending her current streak to seven games of scoring in double figures. Hill finished with 16 points and eight rebounds while shooting 8-15 from the field.
Jasmine Manning scored 14 points off a 6-6 performance while junior Jaymee Carnes ended the game with a double-double off 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Keeley Chester scored 10 points and went 4-6 in the win.
The Patriots, which entered the game 7-3 at home this season and fourth in the PBC East, were led by Camille Dash's 15 points. Dash went 5-12 from the field while Kim Roach had the most productive outing for FMU as she hit four of her five attempts.
The closest FMU came to closing the gap with North Georgia in the second half was when Dee Gray hit a three-pointer with 17:34 remaining in the game to cut the Saints' advantage to nine (41-32). From there, North Georgia never let up and went on to out-score the Patriots 41-16.
North Georgia will remain on the road, traveling up into North Carolina where they will tangle with the Braves of the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m.