December 7, 2013

#Nighthawks Rally From 12 Back To Douse The Previously Unbeaten Flames

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to hand previously unbeaten Lee (Tenn.) University an 81-75 defeat in the Nighthawks' final non-conference tune up before Peach Belt Conference play.  UNG was led by the stellar post play of Jaymee Carnes and Mimi Hill as the senior tandem scored 28 and 27 points respectively.

Carnes completed her fourth double-double of the season collecting a game-best 17 rebounds as the Gainesville, Ga. native had notched the milestone before intermission registering 14 points and 10 rebounds before the break.  

Hill was good on 4-5 shots from three-point land.

Keeley Chester added 18 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor for the Nighthawks.

Lee's Hollie German was a thorn in the Nighthawks' side all afternoon as the senior guard deposited a game-high 36 points including 8-15 from behind the three-point line.  She connected on 6-11 treys before intermission before settling for just 2-4 in the final frame.

Lee (3-1) would hold its largest lead of the first half (7 points) on two occasions with the final basket of the half giving the Flames a 39-32 lead at the break.

That lead would quickly balloon to a game-high 12 points less than two minutes into the second half when Madison Lee would connect on a three just 1:30 after the half.

Trailing by nine (64-55) with less than ten minutes remaining, UNG would begin its rally with an 11-0 run that started with a long range three from Jordan Livesay.  The run would include an offensive rebound and old-fashioned three from Carnes then would be capped by an another offensive rebound and put back by the forward to give North Georgia a 66-64 lead. 

German would tilt the scoreboard back in Lee's favor 72-71 when she connected on 1-2 free throws with 2:03 left but a long-range bomb from Hill late in the shot clock would give the home team the lead for good as the Nighthawks would score the next six points to put the game out of reach.   

On the glass the game was a wash with both team registering 37 collections but the Nighthawks held a decisive advantage in productivity after hitting on 29-55 from the floor (53%) compared to Lee's 24-64 (38%).

North Georgia (6-1) returns to action on Saturday, December 14 when Armstrong Atlantic State University comes to Dahlonega for both teams' PBC opener.  Game one of the doubleheader is set for 1:30 PM in Memorial Hall.