DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team dropped a pair of Peach Belt Conference West Division match-ups, including a chance at revenge against the Columbus State University Cougars, last week. The Saints will now hit the road for a pair of cross division games.
North Georgia (8-13, 6-8 PBC) will first travel to Florence, S.C. where the Saints will face the Patriots of Francis Marion University on Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Following that game, the Saints will make their way up into North Carolina where they will tangle with the Braves of the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
As a team, the Saints are connecting on 41.0% of their attempts from the field and were led last week by Mimi Hill's strong performance. The junior forward has now scored double-digit points in each of the last six games including a season-high 30 last Saturday against the Cougars. In the last six games, she has averaged 20.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 60.5% (49-81) from the field and 22-27 (81.5%) from the free throw line.
Last week, sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman eclipsed the 500-point mark at home against Columbus State. She averages 11.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 42.5% from the field and has played all 40 minutes in the last four games. She averages 37.5 minutes per game, having not left the court in 11 games this season.
Jaymee Carnes continues to lead the team with an average of 18.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The junior forward is a 43.8% shooter from the field and averages 34.0 minutes per game.
Francis Marion (10-9, 4-8 PBC) has gone 7-3 at home this season and currently occupies the fourth spot in the PBC East standings with a slight lead over UNC Pembroke and Lander. The Patriots have won three of their last five games including wins over the Braves and the Bearcats last week.
The Patriots average 69.9 points per game while shooting 41.5% as a team and they are led by Tiara Gause's 11.3 points per outing. She has started in all 15 games she has played in averaging 27.0 minutes per contest while shooting 43.2% from the field.
Dee Gray has started all but one of the 17 games she has played in this season averaging 10.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She shoots 35.8% from the field while Erin Pinkett has come off the bench for most of the season, leading the Patriots from three-point range. She has made 34 treys this season with the next closest being 11 by Briana Robinson.
UNC Pembroke (10-12, 4-9 PBC) is 5-3 at home this season. The Braves shoot 37.4% from the field as a team and average 58.7 points per outing but have lost two straight games and three of their last five.
The Braves have just one player who averages double-digit points, Jazmine Kemp with 10.5 points per game. Kemp, a sophomore forward, is a 47.3% shooter from the field and averages 6.7 rebounds per game, which has her tied with Kierra Haney for tops on the team.
Behind Kemp, four players average between 7.4 and 7.7 points per game. Amelia Partin and Chandrica Fuller are second on the team with 7.7 points per outing and Partin leads the team with 1.8 three-pointers per contest while Fuller also averages 3.5 assists per game.