Lady Saints Open Exhibition Play with 18-point Win
– The North Georgia women’s basketball team got off on
the right foot Tuesday evening in exhibition play, opening the
2009-10 season with a 69-51 victory over visiting Bryan College in
North Georgia wasted little time taking the lead in the early going, rushing out to an 8-0 lead as freshman Janyce Ealey knocked down a pair of jumpers to open the game. The Lady Saints led by as many as 20 points in the first half, but Bryan College closed the opening period on a 12-4 run to pull to within 12 points at the half.
The second half saw North Georgia come out and take control again, leading by 18 points at the 13:13 mark on a layup from Whitney Randolph. The Lions would respond once again late, cutting North Georgia’s lead to single digits on three occasions before the Lady Saints pulled away late for the 18-point victory.
Ali Cline scored a game-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field, while Ealey tallied 16 points and six assists. Danielle Seeley and Ieshia Alexander both scored in double figures, while both guards tallied four assists.
Bethany McArthur and Anna Thomas led the way for the Lions, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively, while Thomas recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds.
The Lady Saints shot 45-percent from the field, while Bryan College managed just 38-percent. North Georgia was solid from the line, going 12-15 for 80-percent, while shooting 30-percent from long range.
North Georgia returns to action for their regular season opener on Monday November 16, 2009, hosting Reinhardt College with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.