Saint Women Looking to Turn Things Around in Final Tournament of Early Season
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team will be looking to turn things around this weekend as they participate on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 in the Loch Store Classic hosted by fellow Peach Belt Conference institution Clayton State University.
The Saints will be taking on Lenoir-Rhyne University at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and Chowan University at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
North Georgia is coming off a disappointing week where they dropped a pair of games to Florida Southern College and Eckerd College in the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic. In both games the Saints were unable to generate much in the way in offense, especially in the second half.
Despite shooting 22.8% from the field in the Eckerd game, North Georgia has hit on 35.3% of their shot attempts through the first four games of the season but are only shooting 26.8% from three-point range even though there are numerous weapons on the perimeter.
The Saints have been allowing opponents to connect on 42.5% from the field including 41.5% from long range. At the same time, North Georgia is being out-rebounded by around 3.5 boards per game and have committed just over two more turnovers per game than their opposition.
Jaymee Carnes continues to lead the way in scoring for the Saints with 21.5 points per outing as she shoots 43.5%. She is a 33.3% shooter from three-point range and provides 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
Stephanie Huffman leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per contest as she s close to averaging a double-double with her 10.5 points per outing.
True freshman Molly Rainwater has worked her way into the starting rotation the last three games as she has been good for 7.2 points per game that includes 2.2 three-pointers per game. She leads the team from three-point range with nine treys on the season and a 42.9% shooting performance from beyond the arc.
The Saints and Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1) have never met on the hardwood entering Saturday's contest. The Bears are currently on a three-game winning streak and they average just over three points per game better than their opponents.
As a team, they are currently shooting 37.0% from the field compared to 33.5% by opponents and are connecting on 38.6% from three-point range while opponents hit only 19.7% of their combined looks. The Bears have been able to win games despite committing 14 more turnovers over the first four games.
Individually, Jazmine Charles leads the way with 14.5 points per game off a 43.9% shooting effort from the field and 57.1% from three-point range. She has eight of the Bears' 17 three-pointers for the season but also leads the team with 3.8 turnovers per contest.
Jordan Hiatt has provided 10.8 points per contest from the bench and is a 50% shooter from the field. She also provides 2.8 assists per game while Ashia Mitchell and Nneka Awuruonye both average 5.0 rebounds per game.
Chowan, which is 0-1 against North Georgia, has not won a game this season and their average margin of defeat has been nearly 10.0 points per game. The Hawks are committing just over 24 turnovers per game, seven more than opponents, but have shot well from the field as they connect on 35.7% of their looks but opposing teams have matched that average.
The Hawks are also not getting it done from the charity stripe as they are converting just 51.9% of their attempts.
Chowan is led by Janelle Murphy's 16.8 points per game as she is the only player on the roster to average double-digit points and shoots 35.9% from the field and 33.3% from three-point range. However, she has only connected on 47.8% of her free throw attempts and despite being good for 4.25 assists per game she has turned the ball over 5.25 times per contest through the first four games of the season.
The next closest players for the Hawks are T'Arra Cutting and Courtney Smith who are both averaging just over 6.0 points per contest. Smith shoots 45.5% from the field but has committed the most turnovers on the team with 26 for an average of 6.5 per game.
Kaela Nelson leads the team on the boards with 9.7 per contest but is just 22.2% from the field in shooting with an average of 4.7 points per outing.