DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Jaymee Carnes entered Thursday night's Peach Belt Conference game against Georgia Southwestern State University needing just three rebounds to reach 500 career boards. The junior from Gainesville, Ga. collected those three boards in just the first three and a half minutes of the University of North Georgia's 71-42 rout of the Hurricanes inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium.
The Saints (7-9, 5-4 PBC) out-scored the Hurricanes (3-14, 1-9 PBC) 42-25 in the first half of play behind a 60% (18-30) shooting performance in the half before setting things on cruise for the second stanza. The win, coupled with a loss to No. 3 Clayton State University by Young Harris College, advanced North Georgia to fourth in the conference standings heading into Saturday's matchup with the nationally-ranked Lakers.
Carnes' 500th career rebound was not the only big story of the night as fellow junior forward Mimi Hill finished the game with a career- and game-high 24 points. Hill went 11-18 from the field and just missed out on a double-double with eight rebounds to lead the Saints in scoring.
North Georgia ended the night shooting 52.5% (31-59) from the field but was only able to connect on two of their nine three-point attempts. Carnes had one of the treys while finishing the night with her eighth double-double behind 15 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Freshman guard Molly Rainwater had the Saints' other three-pointer.
Stephanie Huffman gave North Georgia the lead for good with 14:26 remaining in the first half off a layup, and the Saints never looked back as they closed the half on a 13-1 run over the last 3:55 of the half.
The second half proved to be fairly similar to the first, but the Saints only out-scored the Hurricanes 29-17 in the period.
Georgia Southwestern barely offered a challenge to the Saints, ending the night shooting 25% (16-64) from the field. Jasmine McSwain led the Hurricanes with nine points and five rebounds while Danisha Green was the best shooter for the 'Canes, going 4-6 from the field to finish with eight points.
The Saints will next face the No. 3 team in the nation for the third time in as many weeks when Clayton State travels to Dahlonega for Saturday's 1:30 p.m. PBC West Division matchup on Homecoming. As part of the Homecoming festivities, the Blue Ridge Rifles will perform between games and the Homecoming Court will be announced at half time of the men's game.
As always, all North Georgia's home basketball games can be followed live via live stats and a free live webcast featuring Craig Corbin and Mike Davenport located on the schedule pages on www.SaintsSports.com. Also, Glory 1330 WGTJ Radio will continue to broadcast live during games with Mike Wofford and Drew Harris on the call. They can also be followed at www.glory1330.com or through the Tune in Radio app.