DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team enters this week's two games having won three of their last five contests, including an 82-76 victory over the University of Montevallo this past Saturday to avenge an earlier loss to the Falcons at home.
The Saints have one more road contest, a Thursday, Feb. 7 5:30 p.m. contest at Young Harris College, before returning home on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a rematch against Columbus State University. Saturday's game will be the Saints' annual Pink Game and will also be "Lumpkin County Educators Day" with $1 from every ticket sold going toward the "Invest in the Future" initiative. The North Georgia School of Education will match the Athletics Department dollar-for-dollar.
As a team, the Saints (8-11, 6-6 PBC) shoot 40.8% from the field while opponents have been managing to shoot around 38%.
Jaymee Carnes, who scored her 1,000th career point in last Thursday's game against Columbus State, averages a double-double with 18.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The junior forward also averages 2.2 blocks and 2.3 assists per game.
Behind Carnes, Stephanie Huffman enters Thursday's game just 10 points away from reaching the 500 career points mark. She averages 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 43.0% from the field.
Mimi Hill is riding a four-game streak that has seen her score double-digit points in all four games, including her season-high 24 against Georgia Southwestern State University on Jan. 24. She averages 9.1 points per game for the season.
This will be the first meeting on the hardwood between the Saints and Young Harris since the Mountain Lions (11-8, 5-7 PBC) joined the conference. The Mountain Lions broke a three-game losing skid with a 67-50 win over Georgia Southwestern this past Saturday.
As a team, they shoot 46.3% from the field and 34.7% from three-point range while averaging 66.6 points per game.
The Mountain Lions are led by Ladondra Johnson's 20.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The junior forward shoots 59.3% from the field in 28.2 minutes per game.
Behind her, fellow forward Peyton Robertson averages 9.4 points per game and shoots 51.7% fro the field and brings down 5.4 rebounds per game.
Columbus State (11-9, 7-6 PBC) holds a 9-5 advantage in the series with the Cougars having claimed the last meeting just last week 92-88. Despite losing their last game, a 71-67 heart breaker at Georgia College, the Cougars have won three of their last five.
As a team, the Cougars are averaging 70 points per contest and shooting 41.4% as a team behind Taren White's 12.3 points per game. White is a 44.6% shooter from the field and has started just eight of the 18 games she has made an appearance.
Behind White, Chatil Bradford averages just over 11.0 points per game while Asha Alexander brings down 7.2 rebounds per game. The last time the two teams met Bradford collected 23 points while shooting 10-12 from the field and brought down seven rebounds.