November 22, 2013

Women's Basketball Set To Host Two-Day UNG Nighthawk Classic


DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( –
The University of North Georgia women's basketball team is set to play host to the four-team UNG Nighthawk Classic on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 in Memorial Hall.  Georgia College, North Greenville and Shorter will take part in the classic-style event with alternating opponents.  All four games will feature live statistics and live video feed (no audio) courtesy of Nighthawk Vision.

On Friday, Shorter (1-1) and Georgia College (1-0) will open up the classic with a 4:00 tipoff followed by a North Greenville (1-2) vs. North Georgia (2-1) matchup at 6:00.  Saturday's schedule will have the Peach Belt Conference schools flip opponents as Georgia College will take on North Greenville at 2:00 and the host Nighthawks will face Shorter at 4:00.

The University of North Georgia Nighthawks enter the event on the heels of suffering their first loss of the season 87-81 at Fort Valley State University on Tuesday night.  Head coach Buffie Burson's squad is powered by a pair of senior post players in Jaymee Carnes (21.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) and Mimi Hill (19.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg).  The Nighthawks are 2-1 overall after posting a pair of season-opening non-conference victories over Brevard (68-42) and Northwood (91-59).

The Shorter University Hawks roll into Dahlonega with an even 1-1 record after splitting a pair of home games against Peach Belt Conference foes in SU's Winthrop-King Centre to open the season.  Shorter edged Montevallo 65-62 before coming up on the short end of a 68-65 decision to Columbus State on Monday.  Iesha Alexander and Karisma Boykin shoulder the bulk of the Hawks' scoring load averaging 20.0 and 17.0 points respectively.  Lynette Harris is the team's top rebounder gathering over eight boards per game to go along with 8.5 points per contest.

Fellow Peach Belt Conference member Georgia College was victorious in its only game of the young season as the Bobcats defeated West Georgia 65-61 back on November 9.  Brandi McKinney came off the bench to register a game-high 20 points including 3-6 from behind the three-point line.  Junior Enisha Donley had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while Shanteona Keys joined the duo in double digits with 11 points.

North Greenville University fell to 1-2 on the season, and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas play after a 65-62 loss to Belmont Abbey in overtime on Wednesday night in NGU's Hayes Gymnasium.  Tyler Powers led the Crusaders with 17 points, while Alisha Hope lended 15 points to the North Greenville cause. Hope and Powers were the only double-digit scorers for NGU. Krisceda Cotton added 8 points off the bench for NGU while pacing the team with 10 rebounds.  Powers is the Crusaders' leading scorer at 17.7 ppg and is connecting on a blistering 47% of her three-point attempts (16-34).