February 27, 2013

Core, Goldsmith and Huffman Earn PBC All-Academic Honors

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Three University of North Georgia basketball players have been recognized by the Peach Belt Conference as members of the 2012-13 Basketball All-Academic Teams. Sophomore women's player Stephanie Huffman and men's players Travis Core and Robby Goldsmith were all named to the teams released by the conference office Wednesday afternoon. 

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.

Huffman, a 5-9 guard from Woodstock, Ga., holds a 3.69 GPA as a nursing major and has started 24 of the Saints' 25 games this season, averaging 37.3 minutes, 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She has played all 40 minutes in 13 games this season and only once has she logged fewer than 30 minutes on the court.

For the season, Huffman shoots 42.2% from the field, but in conference play, her numbers go up to 12.3 points per game off 45.6% shooting. She has recorded three double-doubles this season and on Feb. 9, she eclipsed 500 career points with 16 in a home game against Columbus State.

Core, a 6-2 sophomore guard out of Trenton, Ga., is a Physical Education/Exercise Science major with a 3.79 GPA. He has started 24 of the 25 games he has appeared in this season averaging 20.2 minutes, 6.5 points and 3.1 assists per game.

For the season, Core shoots 43.4% from the field and has scored in double-digits six times this season as the Saints' starting point guard. He scored a season-high 13 points in a home 91-64 victory over Columbus State University on Saturday, Feb. 9. In that game, he went 4-6 from the field and 2-3 from three-point range in 20 minutes of action.

A 6-10 senior center from Melbourne, Fla., Goldsmith boasts a 3.30 GPA as a Business Management major. He has played in 22 games this season while averaging 14.6 minutes, 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Goldsmith shoots right at 50% for the season and has scored in double-digits four times this season. He scored a season-high 12 points against Lander on Saturday, Feb. 23 and brought down a season-high nine boards twice this season.

Both basketball teams have one final regular season game. The season-finale will come in Americus, Ga. on Saturday, Mar. 2 at Georgia Southwestern State University. The women need just one final win to secure a spot in the 2013 PBC Basketball Championships while the men are already a lock and are playing for seeding. The women's game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow at around 7:30 p.m.