January 15, 2013

Weekly Athletics Release 18 – Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mixed Rifle

This week: SEARC 5 (1/19-20 – 8:00 a.m.) 

The University of North Georgia mixed rifle team will return to competition this weekend with their fifth Southeastern Air Rifle Conference (SEARC) match of the 2012-13 season. The Saints will host the competition at their home range with the event covering both Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20. Competition will get under way at 8:00 a.m. on both days.

The Saints have been doing extremely well this season behind a young group of student-athletes highlighted by freshman Casadie Bragg who has broken numerous school records already this season.

Men’s Basketball (8-4, 3-2 PBC)

Last week (0-2): vs. Montevallo (L, 73-54); @ Clayton State (L, 85-80)

This week: Away vs. Georgia College – PBC Game (1/17 – 7:30 p.m.) 

               Home vs. Augusta State – PBC Game (1/19 – 3:30 p.m.) – Military Appreciation Day

               Home vs. USC Aiken – PBC Game (1/21 – 7:30 p.m.) – YMCA Night

After opening their 2012-13 Peach Belt Conference schedule with a 3-0 record, the University of North Georgia men’s basketball team dropped their last two conference games, one at home and one on the road. The Saints fell 73-54 at home to last season’s NCAA Division II national runner-up, the University of Montevallo, before going on the road where they fell 85-80 to Clayton State University this past Saturday. 

In Thursday’s game against the Falcons, the Saints were able to keep pace with the extremely physical Montevallo players in the first half, but a 53.8% shooting performance in the second half by the Falcons lifted them to victory. The Saints did all they could in the game, but Montevallo proved that their seven returners from last year’s team could still play at a high level.

The Saints have been known for their three-point shooing during the early part of the season, but they struggled to make just one three-pointer and ended the game shooting 33.3% (19-57) from the field compared to the Falcons' 50% (30-60) effort. 

Scott Windom led North Georgia with 13 points off the bench while freshman guard Corey Green tallied 10 points. The freshman from Detroit, Mich. Went 6-6 from the charity stripe and also had two thunderous blocks. 

The Saints were able to fix their three-point shooting woes in Saturday’s game, but the Lakers were able to shoot better down the stretch, connecting on 50.9% of their attempts compared to North Georgia’s 44.3%.

Ishmael Hollis and Lamar Richardson were back to their usual form as they both drilled five treys. Hollis led all players with 25 points off a 7-9 outing. The junior transfer went 5-6 from three-point range, 6-7 from the charity stripe and added six rebounds while Richardson added 15 points.

The Saints will have an opportunity to get back to their winning ways in the coming weeks as they take on Georgia College on the road, then settle in for a four-game home stand. The Saints will travel to Milledgeville, Ga. on Thursday, Jan. 17 where they will renew their rivalry with the Bobcats at 7:30 p.m. The last time the two met on the hardwood, the Saints protected their home with an 82-63 victory.

Following the game in Milledgeville, North Georgia will return home for two of their toughest games to date as perennial conference powerhouses Augusta State University and the University of South Carolina Aiken will make their way to Dahlonega over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The Jaguars will be first on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. before the Pacers take their turn at the Saints on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s game will be the Saints’ annual “Military Appreciation Day” with all active and former military being admitted to the games free of charge with a valid military ID. 

Monday’s game is being dubbed “YMCA Night” with all children who wear their jersey for their recreation team being admitted free of charge. Parents will still be required to pay the normal ticket price.

Women’s Basketball (4-8, 2-3)

Last week (0-2): vs. Montevallo (L, 60-58); @ #3 Clayton State (L, 86-65)

This week: Away vs. Georgia College – PBC Game (1/17 – 5:30 p.m.)

               Home vs. Augusta State – PBC Game (1/19 – 1:30 p.m.) – Military Appreciation Day

               Home vs. #4 USC Aiken – PBC Game (1/21 – 5:30 p.m.) – YMCA Night

The University of North Georgia women’s basketball team went 0-2 last week, dropping another close game at home before falling on the road to a nationally-ranked powerhouse. The Saints will have one more road contest before opening up a tough four-game home stand. 

North Georgia started last week with a tough 60-58 loss at home to the University of Montevallo on Thursday, Jan. 10 before traveling to Morrow, Ga. where they fell 86-65 to third-ranked Clayton State University on Saturday.

Juniors Jaymee Carnes and Mimi Hill had a block party against Montevallo, combining to record 11 blocked shots, but another late basket came between the Saints and victory as Montevallo escaped Memorial Hall Gymnasium with a 60-58 PBC West Division win.

North Georgia finished the game shooting better from the field with a 35.8% (24-67) completion percentage, but the Saints went just 2-15 (.133) from three-point range while the Falcons tripled their output with a 6-16 (.375) effort from beyond the arc. 

Carnes ended the night with 14 points and 13 rebounds, 11 off the defensive glass, but what drew attention was how she came just two blocks away from tying her own school record for blocked shots set last season. The Gainesville, Ga. native recorded seven blocked shots in the contest and added three assists in 35 minutes of work. 

Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman ended the night leading all scorers with 17 points that included one of the Saints' two treys. She also chipped in five rebounds, four steals and three assists. 

Montevallo ended the 40-minute contest with four players in double-digit scoring figures including two double-doubles. Zena Nasiloski ended the night with 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds – eight offensive, nine defensive – and Taylor Beverly scored 10 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

In Saturday’s game, the Saints gave the Lakers a scare early by keeping pace with them through the halftime break when North Georgia trailed by just one point (31-30). But the nationally-ranked Lakers were able to put some distance between themselves and the Saints over the final 20 minutes despite Huffman matching her career-high in points with 21. The sophomore from Woodstock, Ga. ended with a double-double as she also recorded 10 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.

The Saints will have an opportunity at redemption this week as they start off on the road against Georgia College before settling in at home in for a four-game home stand. The Saints will travel to Milledgeville, Ga. on Thursday, Jan. 17 for a 5:30 p.m. game where North Georgia will look to avenge a 72-71 loss from just a couple weeks ago.

Following the game in Milledgeville, North Georgia will return home for two of their toughest games to date as Augusta State University and fourth-ranked University of South Carolina Aiken will make their way to Dahlonega over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The Jaguars will be first on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. before the Pacers take their turn at the Saints on Monday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s game will be the Saints’ annual “Military Appreciation Day” with all active and former military being admitted to the games free of charge with a valid military ID.

Monday’s game is being dubbed “YMCA Night” with all children who wear their jersey for their recreation team being admitted free of charge. Parents will still be required to pay the normal ticket price.