January 3, 2012

5th-Ranked Lakers Roll Past Lady Saints 72-44 in PBC Action

Contact: Steve Cunha,

MORROW, GA – The North Georgia women's basketball team dropped their first conference game of the season on Tuesday evening, falling 72-44 to #5 ranked Clayton State at the Athletics & Fitness Center. 

The Lakers (13-1, 3-0 PBC) started the game on a 10-2 run, holding the Lady Saints (6-4, 1-1 PBC) scoreless on their first four possessions and never looked back.

Clayton State's up-tempo style of play and full-court pressure proved to be too much for the youthful Lady Saints to handle. 

With just under 10 minutes remaining in the opening half, the Lakers went on a 15-4 run capped by a layup by Tanisha Woodard to stretch the lead to 23 points. 

The Lady Saints turned the ball over 22 times in the first half after turning it over only 19 times in their last game, an overtime victory over Newberry.

Despite trailing 42-16 at the half, North Georgia came out an inspired team in the second half, playing Clayton State tough. 

After being outscored by 26 points in the opening half, the Lady Saints were outscored by only two in the second.

Jaymee Carnes continued to impress, registering her ninth double-double in 10 games and her third straight as she scored 23 points and pulled down 12 boards on nine of 13 shooting from the field. 

Carnes scored North Georgia's first 12 points of the second half and was the only Lady Saint to score in double figures.

The loss was the ninth straight by the Lady Saints to Clayton State, who haven't lost to North Georgia since the 2006-07 season. 

The Lakers had a balanced offensive attack with every player who saw action scoring. Leading the way was Keona Dixon who scored 15 points off the bench, while Woodard poured in 14 and pulled down eight boards.

The Lady Saints return to the hardwood on Saturday, January 7, when they travel to Augusta, Georgia, to take on Augusta State in the second game of their two-game road trip to open the 2012 calendar year.