January 28, 2010

Lady Saints Topple Flagler For Second Straight Win

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ST AUGUSTINE, FL – The North Georgia women’s basketball team picked up their second straight win on Thursday evening, traveling to Florida to take on new league member Flagler College and holding on for a 65-57 victory in Peach Belt Conference action.

Two’s were wild on Thursday night as the Lady Saints won their second straight game, picked up their second conference victory, and were victorious on the road for the second time this season.

North Georgia improves to 7-10 overall with the victory, and 2-6 in Peach Belt Conference action, while Flagler drops their sixth straight game, falling to 6-11 overall and 1-7 in league play.

Lead changes and deadlocks dominated the first half as the score was knotted six times in the first half, while the lead changed hands on five different occasions with North Georgia holding the largest lead at six with 16:39 left as Ieshia Alexander hit a fast break layup to give the Lady Saints a 10-4 advantage. 

Flagler held the a two-point lead at 23-21 late in the first half, but the Lady Saints responded with a 6-0 run to end the period, capped by a pair of free throws from Ali Cline to give North Georgia a four-point edge at 27-23 heading into intermission.

North Georgia came out in the second half and established a pair of eight-point leads early in the period, but Flagler fought back and forced a tie at 46-46 with 6:11 remaining in the game. The Lady Saints, who never trailed in the second half, answered with a game-turning 10-0 run over the next three minutes, giving North Georgia their first double-digit lead of the game at 56-46.

Flagler pulled to within six points with under a minute to play, but Meredith Montgomery scored four points in the final 30 to seal the eight-point road victory.

Whitney Randolph paced three North Georgia players in double figures with 17 points as the senior scored double digits for the eighth straight game, while Janyce Ealey added 13 points and Sarah Stinson tallied 10. Montgomery was a point shy of double figures with nine, while dishing out a career-high eight assists in the victory. 

Chanti Beckett scored a team-high 14 points for Flalger, scoring half of her points from the free throw line, while Jen Knurek was the only other double-digit score for the Saints, finishing with 10 points on 3-9 shooting from the field.

North Georgia shot 37 percent from the floor, 20 percent from long range, and 77.4 percent from the free throw line, while Flagler was 27.1 percent from the field, 15.9 percent from the behind the arc, and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe.

The Lady Saints return to action on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Armstrong Atlantic for another Peach Belt Conference battle with the Pirates. AASU is on a five-game losing streak as tip-off is slated for 1:30 p.m. in Alumni Arena.

Photos Courtesy of SkyHawk Sports Photography