December 15, 2012

Saint Women Sink Pirates with 74-63 Victory in PBC Opener

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Both Jaymee Carnes and Stephanie Huffman recorded double-doubles Saturday afternoon to lead the North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team to a 74-63 victory over Armstrong Atlantic State University in both teams' Peach Belt Conference opener.

The win improves the Saints' record to 3-5 and gives them a 1-0 league record while the Pirates move to 5-2 overall and commence the 2012-13 PBC slate 0-1.

The Saints were extremely efficient from the field as they connected on 43.8% (28-64) of their shots including a 31.8% (7-22) performance from three-point range.

Carnes had her best game of the season as she collected her second double-double of the season off 23 points and 18 rebounds, 16 off the defensive glass. The junior from Gainesville, Ga. played all 40 minutes and shot 10-22 from the field to go along with two blocks.

Huffman also played all 40 minutes as she recorded her first double-double of the year off 12 points and 10 boards. She went 3-7 from the field and 5-7 from the free throw line and also had a game-high five assists.

Mikalyn DeFoor came off the bench to record nine points while starters Jasmine Manning, Molly Rainwater and Keeley Chester all finished with eight points in the Saints' 11-point win.

The Pirates were only able to manage a 31.7% (20-63) shooting performance from the field, and despite winning the turnover margin, were unable to capitalize on a 38-24 halftime lead.

Demisha Mills was the leading scorer for Armstrong Atlantic with 18 points while Tori Kiewicki-McNutt wrapped up the game with 14 points.

North Georgia opened the game on an 11-3 run through the first five minutes, but Armstrong answered with an 11-2 run of their own that covered the next two and a half minutes to take the lead.

By intermission, the Pirates had stretched their lead out to the 14-point advantage, but North Georgia came out in the second half on a mission and scored seven-straight points to cut the deficit down to just seven four minutes into the second stanza.

As the game progressed, North Georgia slowly pulled closer to Armstrong and, with 7:53 remaining, Rainwater gave the Saints the lead back for good off a three-pointer. From there, the Saints never looked back as they cruised to their first conference win of the season.

North Georgia will now travel to St. Augustine, Fla. where Flagler College awaits for a 5:30 p.m. game on Monday, Dec. 17.