DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia’s Syretha
Marble scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Lady Saints to an
82-73 Peach Belt Conference victory over Augusta State Saturday
afternoon in Memorial Hall.
North Georgia snapped a nine-game losing streak with the victory and improve to 4-10 overall, and 1-6 in the Peach Belt Conference, while Augusta State falls to 3-11 overall and 1-6 in the league.
Whitney Randolph netted 18 for the Lady Saints, while Meredith Montgomery chipped in 12 and Alyssa Stokes added 10. Marble also notched nine rebounds and five steals.
Nicole Mealing scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year, while junior forward Porsha White booked her third double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.
North Georgia shot 50.9 percent from the field and held ASU to just 36.6 percent shooting. The Lady Jags won the rebounding edge 38-30 and forced 27 Lady Saints’ turnovers, registering a season-high 16 steals.
North Georgia led 30-27 at the half and scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a 40-27 lead at the 16:52 mark. The Lady Saints then went ahead by 14 after a Marble three-point play with 11:04 remaining.
ASU answered with a 13-5 run to get within six on a Mealing 3-pointer with 7:50 to go. But the Lady Saints immediately countered with layups from Marble and Randolph to push their lead back to 10 with five minutes to play.
The Lady Jags got layups from Mealing and White to close within six, and Mealing connected on her third trey of the second half with 46 seconds left to cut the ASU deficit to 72-68.
North Georgia responded with two Lindsey Kitchens free throws and an Alyssa Stokes layup to push its lead back to 76-68 with 32 seconds left. Eboni Davis drained a 3-pointer to get ASU within five with 23 seconds to play, but North Georgia iced the game with four straight free throws.
The Lady Saints will look to win back-to-back games as they travel to Armstrong Atlantic Monday evening for a 5:30 tip-off with the Pirates.