November 16, 2012

Saints Drop Opener to Carson-Newman 78-66

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – For the first time in six years the North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team did not win their season-opener. The Saints fell 78-66 to Carson-Newman inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium Friday night in the second game of the X-Trem Shoot-Out.

Heading into the game, North Georgia had claimed five-straight season-openers.

Carson-Newman controlled the game from start to finish, never trailing after Chante Markus drilled a three-pointer just 41 seconds into the game. The Eagles scored the first six points of the contest before 2012 Daktronics Player of the Year Jaymee Carnes put the Saints on the scoreboard with a put back layup.

Carnes would go on to score the Saints' first 10 points of the game as she registered a game-high 27 points. She just missed out on a double-double as she brought down nine rebounds and also added six of the Saints' eight blocks.

The Saints were able to shoot 44.4% (24-54) from the field, but 26 turnovers plagued North Georgia's offensive efforts. In contrast, Carson-Newman committed just 12 turnovers.

At the intermission, the Saints found themselves down 38-26, but Stephanie Huffman was able to cut the lead to just nine points as she converted a three-point play off a layup where she drew a foul. Huffman ended the night with a double-double as she collected 11 points and 11 rebounds.

With 13:04 remaining in regulation, the Saints appeared to find their groove as Crystal Moore sank a layup to pull North Georgia within four points (50-46) of the Eagles, but Carson-Newman was able to stretch the lead back out on their next two scoring drives.

With 7:46 remaining, the Carson-Newman lead was once again in double-digits and from there, the Eagles made sure it never dipped below 10 points.

Carson-Newman ended the contest shooting 40.9% (27-66) from the field led by Tatum Burstrom's 23 points. She scored 15 in the second half alone.

Shyra Brown finished with a double-double effort for the Eagles as she had 13 points and 11 boards, 10 off the defensive glass. She also added four steals which was a game-high.

North Georgia will now turn their focus to the Argos of the University of West Florida as the two will close out the X-Trem Shoot-Out at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Argos fell in the first game of Friday afternoon 66-56 to Georgia College.