MONTEVALLO, AL – The North Georgia women's basketball team led midway through the second half on Wednesday evening, but the University of Montevallo came back and pulled away late for the 58-50 victory over the Lady Saints at BankTrust Arena in Peach Belt Conference action.
The struggles for the Lady Saints continue, dropping five of their last six and falling to 14-11 overall and 5-9 in the Peach Belt Conference. The Falcons snap a three-game skid, improving to 9-14 overall and pull even with North Georgia in league action at 5-9 on the year.
North Georgia scored the game's opening bucket as Bianca O'Neal knocked down a jumper to give the Lady Saints a 2-0 lead, but the Falcons came right back and scored eight straight points, capped by a three-pointer from Tiffany McClure to give Montevallo an 8-2 lead.
The Falcons led for over 18 minutes in the first half, but North Georgia never let the lead swell over six points, an advantage the home team enjoyed at three different times in the first half.
The Lady Saints finally knotted the score up at 22-22 on a three-pointer by Meredith Montgomery with 2:43 remaining in half, before taking the lead on a three-point play by Lindsey Moss with 1:30 left. The six-point swing gave North Georgia the lead and a 25-22 edge heading to intermission.
North Georgia and Montevallo opened the second half with neither team able to pull away, as four lead changes and a trio of deadlocks sent the two squads into the final 10 minutes of action with the Falcons holding a one-point lead at 39-38.
UM would slowly pull away from there, scoring three straight buckets to take a six-point lead, before extending the advantage to double-digits for the first time in the contest with under one minute to play. Montgomery would hit a layup at the buzzer, but it was too little too late as North Georgia dropped the eight-point contest on the road.
Moss led North Georgia with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while adding two steals, and Montgomery finished in double figures with 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the charity stripe.
Davia Harris was the only Falcon to reach double digits, scoring a game-high 19 points and adding eight rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
The Lady Saints return to action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming in-state rival Georgia Southwestern to town for a crucial Peach Belt Conference game. Tip-off against the Hurricanes is set for 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
The contest will serve as the "Think Pink" game as part of the WBCA's initiative to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer. The North Georgia basketball coaching staffs have encouraged fans to wear pink or purchase "Think Pink" shirts at the game with all proceeds going to the Atlanta 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk.