February 13, 2008

Lady Saints take down CSU 92-72

Syretha Marble scores her 1,200-point in victory

DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia College & State University pulled away in the final minutes in front of over 3,000 fans to down Columbus State University 92-72 in Memorial Hall Wednesday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.

The opening half was a see-saw affair, as the lead changed hands 14 times and the scored was tied four times.

With the score tied at 12-12, North Georgia's Rachael Jolley nailed a three-pointer for a 3-point Lady Saints' lead. The game went back-and-forth the rest of the half with North Georgia leading 34-33 at intermission.

North Georgia's Kourtney Singleton scored two of her game-high 27 points to give the Lady Saints a 44-38 advantage with 15:49 remaining in the contest.  The lead expanded to nine points, 49-40, as Singleton made two free throws and converted a three-point play on back-to-back possessions.

CSU's KeAnna Vicks trimmed the lead to 51-47 on a lay-up at the 12:43 mark, the closest the Lady Cougars would get the rest of the way.

The Lady Saints shot 61% in the second half (20-33), 8-10 from 3-point land, as the crowd became a factor.

Megan Huffman sank a three-pointer to give North Georgia its first double-digit lead of the game, 61-49, with 10:39 remaining in the contest.  CSU never got the lead below 10 points the rest of the way.

Singleton led North Georgia with 27 points and eight rebounds, 8-10 from the free-throw line.  Huffman added 18 points and Brooke Baker scored 16 points off the bench.  The Lady Saints shot 50% (32-64) for the game, and a blistering 54% (14-26) from beyond the arc.

Syretha Marble was recognized at halftime for reaching the 1,000 point mark earlier in the season, and reached several more milestones tonight, scoring her 1,200 point at 11:03 mark of the second half and grabbing her 600th rebound in the contest.

North Georgia (15-7, 8-7 PBC) returns to action on Saturday, February 16, at 2:00 pm at UNC Pembroke for another Peach Belt Conference match-up.