February 20, 2013

Saint Women Return Home for Final Pair of Home Games

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team went 1-1 last week, picking up an 82-48 victory over Francis Marion University on Thursday, Feb. 14 before falling 66-62 at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. The Saints now enter the final three games of the regular season, including their final two games at home this week.

The Saints (9-14, 7-9 PBC) can still make the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Basketball Championships, but they must win at least two of their final three games while also receiving a little help from Georgia College, the team currently occupying fourth in the PBC West Division.

For North Georgia to have the opportunity to travel to Columbus, Ga. for the tournament the Bobcats must lose Saturday's game at home against the University of Montevallo and/or drop two or more of their final three games with the Saints must win at least two of the final games. If the Bobcats lose to Montevallo on Saturday, it would move the Falcons back up into second place in the division and give North Georgia the needed tie-breaker should the Bobcats and Saints finish with the same conference and divisional record.

The Saints enter this weekend as a 41.7% shooting team while averaging 64.5 points per game.

Mimi Hill is coming off one of her best two game performances of the season as she averaged 24.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last week while shooting 58.8% from the field, collecting career-highs in both points (32) and rebounds (13) against the University of North Carolina Pembroke. She currently averages 11.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, but her average goes up to 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in conference action.

Fellow junior Jaymee Carnes averages 18.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8% from the field. Her scoring average has her third in the conference while her boards per game is tops in the Peach Belt.

Stephanie Huffman is the final Saint to average double figures with 12.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while averaging 37.5 minutes per game. She is a 42.0% shooter and leads the team with 3.1 assists per game.

Young Harris (13-10, 7-9 PBC) enters Thursday's game having won three of its last five, but lost to Francis Marion 58-51 on Saturday.

The last time Young Harris and North Georgia met, the Mountain Lions defended their den with a 71-64 victory on Thursday, Feb. 7. In that game, Young Harris received double-digit games from four players including 18 from Keta Robinette and played just seven players against the Saints.

As a team, the Mountain Lions are currently shooting 44.8% from the field and average 65 points per game. They lead the conference in shooting, are third in three-point shooting and are sixth in scoring average.

Ladondra Johnson is the only player for Young Harris to score in double-digits with 20.1 points per game, good enough for tops in the conference, but she has not seen the court since scoring 15 points in a 68-55 loss at Georgia College on January 24.

Behind Johnson, Peyton Robertson is 10th in the conference with a 48.7% shooting performance while averaging 9.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds. Lauren Smith is the other player for Young Harris to average 9.0 points per contest and adds in 4.0 rebounds while leading the team with 6.2 assists per game.

Lander (8-14, 5-10 PBC) has lost four of its last five games entering this week's games, including three-straight to No. 3 Clayton State, No. 12 USC Aiken and Francis Marion from Saturday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 9. The Bearcats are currently last in the conference in scoring with an average of 57.9 points per outing.

As a team, the Bearcats shoot 35.2% from the field but are not a three-point heavy team as they shoot just 28.7% from three-point range as a team. Aarika Judge leads the team with 56 made treys on the season, but Zandi Ashleigh leads the team with a 34.4% completion percentage from behind the arc. She has only made 11 three-pointers.

Judge and Precious Elkins lead the team in scoring and are tied for eighth in the league in scoring with 14.7 points per game. Elkins leads the team under the basket with 8.7 rebounds per game, third in league.