December 6, 2013

PREVIEW: Women's Basketball To Wrap Up Non-Conference Slate Against Lee

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team wrap up its non-conference schedule with a home game against Lee University on Saturday.  Tip off is set for 3:00 in UNG's Memorial Hall.

For those North Georgia fans that are not able to make the game, you can still follow all the live action through Nighthawk Vision.  The game will feature live statistics merged with a three-camera live video feed.  Glory 1330 of Gainesville will be on site to provide the audio feed that will merge with the live video and stats.

Glory 1330's audio will overlay over the top of the Nighthawk Vision's three-camera live video production providing UNG fans with a full-scale live production of home games.  The live interface also features merged live statistics with viewers able to toggle between the live video/audio feed and sortable live statistics.

Drew Harris and Mike Wofford, a 1979 graduate of North Georgia, will provide the audio broadcast live from Memorial Hall.

Lee University (3-0) vs. North Georgia (5-1) Game Notes

Saturday, December 7 - 3:00 PM
Memorial Hall - Dahlonega, Ga.

UNG EASES PAST TUSCULUM ON BLACK FRIDAY AT LOCH SHOP CLASSIC: The University of North Georgia women's basketball team shot over 50% from the field and defeated Tusculum College 92-61 on the first day of the Loch Shop Classic hosted by Clayton State University.  North Georgia's Mimi Hill scored a game-high 21 points and Jaymee Carnes added a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots for the Nighthawks, who out-rebounded the Pioneers 50-37 while holding Tusculum to 29.7 percent shooting (19-for-64).  The double-double was Carnes' third of the season. Stephanie Huffman rounded out UNG's double-figure scorers with 10 points and eight assists. The Nighthawks shot 36-for-70 from the field and 6-for-19 from three-point. UNG also assisted on 24 of their made field goal attempts.  North Georgia jumped out to a 6-0 lead and led 17-4 following a three-pointer by Molly Rainwater with 13:30 left in the first half. The Nighthawks led by as many as 20 points on three different occasions in the half and carried a 46-30 lead to halftime, behind 15 points from Carnes and 14 from Hill. North Georgia shot 54.1 percent from the field in the half, and held Tusculum to 33.3 percent (11-33) from the floor.

The Lee women's basketball team got off to an impressive start in NCAA Division II play with a convincing 82-66 victory over host Carson-Newman on Tuesday evening in the Holt Fieldhouse. The Lady Flames (3-0) blistered the net in the first half by connecting on 9-of-16 3-point attempts and held a commanding 47-30 lead at the break. The margin continued to grow in the second 20 minutes and reached 26 points (61-35).  Senior Hollie German paced the Lee scoring and had a solid effort across the board. She tallied 27 points and made 4-of-8 3-pointers, 5-of-7 free throws, dished off six assists and pulled down four rebounds. Adams also knocked down four treys and completed her third straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Myriah Iles came off the bench to score 10 points and garner six rebounds as the Lady Flames won the battle of the boards 46-32.

Lee University comes to Dahlonega riding a season-opening three-game winning streak and having run away from all three opponents with the Flames' smallest margin of victory being a 16-point win at Carson-Newman.  Lee opened the season with a pair of easy home victories over NAIA teams breezing past Tennessee Wesleyan 90-51 and rolling through Auburn-Montgomery 82-56.  Hollie German leads the Flames in scoring collecting 23.7 per contest while Jenna Adams adds 17.3 per game.  Both are three-point specialists as the duo has combined to make 24 of the team's 37 shots from behind the arch as German is 13-27 (48%) while Adams is good on 11-24 (46%).  Karley Miller and Rachel Lockhart are both averaging 10.0 ppg to round out Lee's double-figure scorers. Adams averages a double-double grabbing a team-best 11.7 rebounds per game.  The Flames are carrying a +12.6 rebounding margin per game (43.3-30.7) After many successful years as a member of the NAIA, Lee is currently transitioning to NCAA Division II membership and is currently in year two of the provisional phase with expected full membership in 2015. 

In the first NCAA statistical rankings of the season UNG sits in the top-10 in several categories when compared nationally to the NCAA Division II membership. North Georgia ranks 3rd in block per game (7.7), 5th in assists per game (20.8) and 8th in field goal percentage (49.3%).  Individually, Jaymee Carnes is the nation's fifth-best shot blocker (4.17 per game) and her three double-doubles is good for 15th nationally.  Her 21.5 points per game ranks the senior 19th nationally.

 North Georgia's 81.5 points per game ranks first in the most recent Peach Belt standings edging Armstrong Atlantics' 81.4 ppg by a single tenth of a point...UNG has registered a league best 20.8 assists per game and has assisted on 125 of the team's 182 made field goals (69%)...North Georgia and Lee have played on 22 occasions with UNG holding a 12-10 all-time series advantage with the series dating back to both team's NAIA days...Since the team's loss at Ft. Valley State, guards Cierra Jackson and Molly Rainwater are each posting a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio combing for 18 assists against nine turnovers.

Today's game marks the final non-conference tune up for head coach Buffie Burson's squad.  The Nighthawks will begin the Peach Belt Conference portion of their schedule next weekend when Armstrong Atlantic (Friday at 1:30) and Flagler (Monday at 5:30) are scheduled to grace Memorial Hall.