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MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – The North Georgia women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead on Wednesday evening and never looked back with 71-46 victory over in-state rival Georgia College at the Centennial Center in Peach Belt Conference action.
The Lady Saints (12-11, 6-8) break out of a two-game slump and stay on track to claim the fourth and final spot in the west division in the upcoming PBC Tournament, while the Bobcats' (4-19, 2-12) woes continue as they drop their seventh straight game.
North Georgia was red hot from the field early, knocking down seven of their first 10 shots to jump out to a four-point lead at 14-10. Amanda Rector fueled the early spurt, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the opening minutes as she finished in double figures for the first time in her young career, putting up 14 points adding four rebounds.
Jaymee Carnes was her usual self in the first half, coming alive midway through the half and hitting jumpers and off balance layups from all over the court to send the Lady Saints to a comfortable 37-24 lead heading to intermission.
The Lady Saints cruised over the final 10 minutes and took their largest of the night with nine seconds remaining when Kari McCann knocked down a three-pointer, her only basket of the night, to send North Georgia to a 71-46 victory on the road.
Carnes continued her stellar 2012 campaign, scoring a game-high 25 points and adding 14 rebounds for yet another double-double for the nation's leading scorer. The sophomore was 7-for-13 from the field and 11-for-14 from the charity stripe. On the defensive side of the court Carnes added four blocks on the night and currently sits fourth in the nation with 3.27 blocks per contest.
The Bobcats were led by Shanteona Keys who went 7-for-16 from the floor for a team-high 23 points in 35 minutes of action. She also committed half of Georgia College's 16 turnovers in the loss.
The Lady Saints return to the hardwood over the weekend, welcoming Georgia Southwestern to town on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is slated for 1:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Saturday's contest against the Hurricanes will be a "Play 4Kay" game, part of the WBCA's nationwide initiative to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research.
North Georgia seniors will also be honored Saturday, as Lindsey Moss and Kari McCann play in one of thier last home contests for the Lady Saints.