March 7, 2012

Jaymee Carnes Earns Southeast Region Player of the Year Honors

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia women's basketball player Jaymee Carnes has another award to add to her resume, as she was named Daktronics Division II Southeast Region Player of the Year.

Just a week after being named the 2012 Peach Belt Player of the Year, the sophomore has earned an even bigger honor after receiving Southeast Region Player of the Year honors.

For the first time in the history of North Georgia women's basketball, a player has been named the Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year; this after she was named the first-ever PBC Player of the Year to play for North Georgia.

Carnes, who is just a sophomore, will now have her name etched in the record books at both North Georgia and the Daktronics record books.

The native of Gainesville, Georgia, came to North Georgia from Division I member Wake Forest University. Carnes came to Dahlonega mainly to play closer to home, to allow her parents (Steve and Sherri Carnes) to attend more games and see her shine. It turned out to be a great decision.

As the leader of the Lady Saints this season, Carnes led the nation in scoring averaging 25.0 points per game. She finished with 624 points scored, which is the 10th highest scoring total in league history. Carnes scored 30-plus points three times and had a career-high 40 points against Brenau.

Carnes is just the second player in PBC history to lead the nation in scoring. Only Joanna Cuprys of Kennesaw State has accomplished such a feat.

She finished second in the league and 15th in the nation in rebounds per game with 11.2. Carnes recorded 20 double-doubles, which led all of the NCAA Division II level. She also led the league in blocks and was eighth nationally in that category.

Jaymee Carnes played one of the greatest seasons in the history of the Southeast Region, the Peach Belt Conference and North Georgia women's basketball. She dominated nearly every game she played and was the go-to player in the clutch for the Lady Saints this season.

2012 Daktronics Division II Women's All-Southeast Region Team