December 20, 2009

Randolph's 36 Points Not Enough in Loss to Mocs

Box Score

LAKELAND, FL – The North Georgia women’s basketball team allowed their largest point total of the year Sunday afternoon as the Moccasins of Florida Southern College took down the Lady Saints 103-82 in the final game of the 2009 FSC/Holiday Inn Classic at Jenkins Field House.

The Lady Saints drop their second straight game and fall back to .500 at 4-4 following their final non-conference game before league play starts in the first week in January, while Florida Southern grabs their ninth straight victory, improving to 9-1 on the year and going a perfect 2-0 in their own classic.

Whitney Randolph single handedly kept North Georgia in the game, scoring a career high 36 points and adding 13 rebounds for a double-double, placing her on the FSC/Holiday Inn All-Classic Team.

Randolph averaged 26 points and 10.5 rebounds during the classic and is joined on the All-Classic squad by Ashley Rath (St. Rose), Brittany Carannante (Saint Leo), Dominique Daniels (Saint Leo), Megan Dzikas (Florida Southern) and Chelsea Johnson (Florida Southern).

It took the Moccasins just over 11 minutes to get the lead into double digits when Chelsea Johnson hit a pair of free throws to put FSC up 32-22 with 8:24 left in the first half.  Their halftime lead was 52-36 and North Georgia never got closer than 14 points in the second half.

Johnson, one of five Moccasins scoring in double figures, led the team with 24 points.  Nicolle DiRaimo tossed in a season-high 21 points.  Megan Dzikas had 16, Michaela Hawley 15 and Deneen Bell a season-high 14 off the bench.

North Georgia shot 45.7 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from behind the arc, and 78.9 percent from the free throw line, while turning the ball over 23 times and out rebounding the Moccasins 45-26.

The Lady Saints return to action on January 4, 2010, hosting Augusta State University in North Georgia’s first Peach Belt Conference game of the season. The Lady Saints are 10-13 all-time against the Lady Jags.