PEMBROKE, N.C. – Junior forward Mimi Hill scored a career-high 32 points and finished Saturday's game with her second double-double of the season, but it was not enough as the University of North Georgia women's basketball team fell 66-62 on the road to the University of North Carolina Pembroke.
The Saints (9-14, 7-9 PBC) received some help in the chase for the fourth spot in the Peach Belt Conference West Division as Columbus State University defeated Georgia College 70-60.
The Saints ended the game shooting 37.3% (19-51) from the field and went to the free throw line 21 times, but the Braves made six more field goals, including one more three-pointer, than the Saints.
Hill shot 63.2% (12-19) from the field in the game and made all seven of her free throw attempts. The Gainesville, Ga. native also corralled in a game-high 13 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman was the final player to finish in double figures for North Georgia as she scored 10 points, five coming from the charity stripe.
Amelia Partin led the way for the Braves with 20 points off a 6-10 performance while the team ended the night shooting 38.5% (25-65). Jazmine Kemp was the final player to score double-digits with 11 points and ended the game with a double-double with 13 boards.
North Georgia's first lead of the game came in the second half when Molly Rainwater hit one of her three treys with 14:03 remaining in the game after UNC Pembroke entered half time with a 33-28 lead.
With 3:54 left on the board, Hill converted a three-point play off a layup that drew a foul to put the Saints ahead 60-59. Huffman was then fouled and converted one of two free throws, but Taylor Gallentine tied the game at 61-all before Partin gave the Braves the lead back for good with her own three-point play with 59 seconds remaining.
North Georgia was only able to score just one more point in the final 59 seconds despite taking two shots from the field and two more from the charity stripe.
The Saints will return home next week for the final two home games of the season, including Thursday night's "Spirit Night" festivities against Young Harris College. Tip off against the Mountain Lions is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21.