December 17, 2012

Hill’s Breakout Performance Lifts Women’s Basketball to 63-58 Win Over Flagler

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Mimi Hill recorded 17 points, a season-high for the junior transfer from Western Kentucky University, to lead the North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team to a 63-58 victory over Flagler College in Peach Belt Conference (PBC) action Monday night.

The second-straight win for the Saints from Dahlonega improves them to 4-5 overall with a 2-0 mark in conference action while Flagler falls to 3-4 and 1-1 in the league.

Flagler took 28 more shots than North Georgia but only 28 of their 83 shots found their mark giving the St. Augustine Saints a 27.7% shooting performance from the field compared to North Georgia's 38.2% (21-55) performance. North Georgia also made 15 free throws and shot 54.5% from three-point range proved to be the difference maker.

Prior to Monday night, Hill's season-high was 12 points in an exhibition win over LaGrange college, but uring the regular season, she has scored six points four times. She also ended Monday night's contest with seven rebounds and went 7-12 with a game-high three three-pointers to go along with three assists.

All-American Jaymee Carnes was just two points behind Hill with her third double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, all off the defensive glass. The junior from Gainesville, Ga. reached a career milestone with 4:29 remaining in the first half as she eclipsed 800 career points off a layup. Carnes now has 815 career points.

Stephanie Huffman finished with 11 points while freshman Keeley Chester ended with nine.

Jen Knurek led Flagler with a double-double that included 12 points and 13 rebounds while Shelbi Lindsey finished with 11 points, eight boards and two blocks.

The game remained close for all 40 minutes as the two traded the lead back and forth. North Georgia took a 34-29 lead into halftime following a Chester made layup just before time expired.

Both teams scored 29 points in the second half as North Georgia never trailed. The Saints were able to extend the lead out to 10 points (57-47) off one of Hill's jumpers with 5:39 remaining as they wrapped up their season-high second win in a row.

Flagler was able to close to within three points (59-56) when Simone High made a layup with 46 seconds remaining, but a pair of Cierra Jackson free throws and another one from Huffman added some breathing room for North Georgia as the seconds ticked off the clock.

North Georgia will be back in action after the holiday break with two-straight home games against Georgia College and the University of Montevallo. The Saturday, Jan. 5 PBC men's and women's doubleheader with Georgia College has been dubbed "Family Day" and any family will be admitted for just $10 for the 1:30 p.m. women's game and the 3:30 p.m. men's contest.