– The North Georgia women’s basketball team were unable
to shake off their current four-game losing streak Monday evening,
leading by as much as 16 in the first half before falling 68-55 to
USC Aiken in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Lady Saints fall to 5-8 on the season and move to 1-4 in Peach Belt Conference action, while the Pacers improve to 8-9 overall and 3-5 in the league.
North Georgia opened the game on a 10-3 run, capped by a layup from Janyce Ealey with 12:18 remaining in the first half. The Lady Saints would race out to their largest lead of the game at the 5:15 mark of the first period as Whitney Randolph drained a three-pointer to give North Georgia a 16-point advantage at 24-8.
USC Aiken would come alive down the stretch as Lindsay Sundberg knocked down a pair of three-pointers, but North Georgia’s Ealey had the final word with a trey at the buzzer to give the Lady Saints a 34-22 lead at intermission.
To open the second half, the Pacers quickly jumped right back into the game, using a 12-2 run to open the period as Nakia Pinkney hit a jumper at the 12:42 mark to cap the run and pull USC Aiken to within a bucket at 36-34.
The Pacers took their first lead of the game just over a minute later as Pinkney hit one from long range to make it a 39-38 game with 11:10 remaining. USC Aiken would then take control, scoring 10 straight to jump out to a an 11-point at 51-40 with 7:12 remaining.
USC Aiken continued to extend their lead, pulling out to a game-high 18-point advantage with under four minutes to play before holding on for the 13-point road victory.
Randolph led the Lady Saints with 23 points and 14 rebounds to post the game’s only double-double, while Ieshia Alexander was the only other North Georgia player in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
Pinkney paced USC Aiken with 21 points, knocking down five three pointers, while Catherine Cain and Sundberg each tallied 15 points in the victory.
North Georgia shot 44.7 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from long range, and 69.2 percent from the free throw line, while USCA was 36.5 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from behind the arc, and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe.
North Georgia returns to action on Wednesday evening, hosting long time rival Georgia Southwestern in Memorial Hall with tip-off slated for 5:30 p.m. in front of an already sold out crowd of more than 2,500.