March 5, 2013

Carnes, Hill and Huffman Named to Peach Belt All-Conference Team

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Leading up to the 2013 Marvin Vanover Peach Belt Conference Basketball Championships the league office has released the 2013 Women's All-Conference team with three University of North Georgia players appearing on the list. 2012 Daktronics National Player of the Year Jaymee Carnes was named to the first team, fellow junior Mimi Hill earned second team honors and sophomore Stephanie Huffman earned third team recognition.

A year after taking the PBC and NCAA Division II by storm, Carnes continued to put up big numbers despite drawing double and sometimes triple teams and was rewarded with her second All-PBC First Team honor. The junior forward from Gainesville, Ga. ended the regular-season nearly averaging a double-double with team-bests in points, 18.0, and rebounds per game, 9.5. Her 9.5 boards per game has her second in the conference and she is third in the league in scoring and blocked shots (47).

For the season, she has recorded 10 double-doubles while shooting 44.8% from the field and 34.5% from three-point range. Three times this season she has played all 40 minutes and 11 times she has logged 35 or more minutes.

On January 31, Carnes surpassed the 1,000 collegiate career points mark as she netted her season-high 30 points at Columbus State University while shooting an impressive 61.9% (13-21) from the field. She brought down a season-high 18 boards twice, against Armstrong Atlantic on December 15 and again against then third-ranked USC Aiken on January 21 as the Saints shocked the Pacers with a 57-50 win.

Hill earns second team honors after a junior campaign that has seen her average 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in North Georgia's 26 games. Her points and rebounds marks both have her currently 10th in the league while her 51.2% shooting this season has her sitting fifth in the PBC.

The league's Player of the Week for February 25, Hill has collected three double-doubles and is playing her best basketball when it counts the most as she has scorched the court in the last four weeks, setting career-highs in points three times, including her most recent of 41 points against Young Harris which set a new school NCAA Division II era record for most points scored in a game. The mark also tied the most points by a women's basketball player in the conference this season.

After a freshman campaign that saw her average 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, Huffman has elevated her game and stepped into a bigger leadership role for the Saints. The 5-9 guard from Woodstock, Ga. has really taken on a load for the Saints as she averages 37.2 minutes per game that includes having played all 40 minutes in 13 contests this season. Only once has she logged fewer than 30 minutes on the court

She currently averages 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and has started 25 of the 26 games she has played in while shooting 42.4% from the field. In three games this season Huffman has recorded a double-double with two coming against PBC opponents.

On Jan. 12, she had one of her best games of her career as she set her season-high in points (21) off a 7-11 (63.6%) shooting performance while bringing down 10 boards against then-third-ranked Clayton State. On Feb. 9, she eclipsed 500 career points with 16 in a home game against Columbus State.

No. 1 Clayton State University swept all but one of the top honors highlighted by Drameka Griggs being named the 2013 PBC Player of the Year. Griggs is the first Laker to earn the honor. Kayla Price was named the Freshman of the Year while Shacamra Jackson earned Clayton State's third-straight Defensive Player of the Year honor.

Augusta State University coach Nate Teymer was named the league's Coach of the Year after leading the Jaguars to their first 20-win season since the 2007-08 season that included a turn around from just one win a season ago.

All three All-PBC teams can be found HERE.

The Saint women will be making their third appearance in the conference tournament since joining the NCAA Division II ranks. North Georgia (12-14, 10-9 PBC) will look to take on Augusta State University, the No. 1 seed out of the East, in the opening round of the PBC Tournament at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 in Columbus, Ga.

The Peach Belt will provide live stats and a free live webcast of all the games from Thursday through Sunday. Additionally, Glory 1330 WGTJ will air all of North Georgia's games in the tournament. Games can be heard on the radio at AM-1330, online through the "Listen Live" link on the home page of the station's website, glory1330.com, and/or on any smart phone or tablet with the "Tune In Radio" application.