November 12, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release 12 – Monday, November 12, 2012

Mixed Rifle

Last week: SEARC 3 at The Citadel (2nd)

This week: at Columbus State (11/17 - 8 a.m.)

The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team traveled to the nationally-ranked Citadel for the third Southeastern Rifle Conference tournament of the season on Saturday, Nov. 10 where they earned a split decision with the host teams.

In NCAA competition, North Georgia defeated the Citadel women by a strong 43-point margin – 2279 to 2236 – while just missing the win over the Citadel's men's squad by a thin eight-point margin – 2287 to 2279. Finishing behind NGCSU were Wofford College and the University of Alabama Birmingham. In conference competition, the Saints also defeated Clemson University and Georgia Military College.

North Georgia was led by freshmen Casadie Bragg, Cadet Kyle Bailey, Sara Howell, and sophomore team captain Cadet Luke Duncan. Also contributing were sophmore Chris Tam and freshmen Cadet Ryan Moran.

In the individual competition, Bragg continued her dominating breakout streak as she set another school record and won the competition with a very strong 589/600. Cadet Bailey is coming up rapidly within the team and posted a strong score to finish seventh in a very tough field with 573/600.

This is the sixth competition in a row where Bragg has equaled or exceeded a personal record and is the third in a row where she has set a new school record.

North Georgia returns to action this coming Saturday, Nov. 17 when they travel to the US Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. to compete against Columbus State University and Memphis State University, both nationally ranked.


Women’s Soccer (15-5-2)

Last week (1-1): vs. No. 4 Seed Wingate (W, 4-1); vs. No. 1 Seed Armstrong Atlantic (L, 1-3) 

The Saints end their season with a record of 15-5-2 after making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Four of the six graduating seniors – Emily Bowen, Kelsey Martin, Leanne South and Melanie Thompson – have been with the program for four seasons and have compiled a record of 55-18-6. The quartet went 26-5-4 at home and 27-10-4 in the Peach Belt Conference and out-scored their opponents 213-90 over the four-year span.

With the addition of Abby Trevino and Taylor Lee, the Saints have gone 2-2 in the NCAA tournament the past two seasons and set a program single-season record for most wins (16) in 2011. 

For the second season in a row, the North Georgia College & State University women's soccer team's season came to a close at the hands of Armstrong Atlantic State University. This season, the No. 1 Pirates bounced back from a 1-0 deficit to claim a 3-1 win over the Saints on their home field Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament's second round.

It was the third time the two had met this season with Armstrong claiming all three contests by a combined score of 9-5. In all three contests, the Saints matched up well against the Pirates and were able to score first.

Sunday's contest was no different as Kelly Penston gave North Georgia a 1-0 off a feed from Trevino in the 16th minute. It was a lead North Georgia would hold until the 52nd minute.

Morgan Mitchell scored the tying goal for the Pirates just seven minutes into the second half and then the go-ahead score in the 79th minute.

Despite giving up three goals, Mallory Sayre had nine saves between the pipes for the Saints while Morgan Luckie made two for Armstrong.

The Pirates held a 19-12 advantage in shots and a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Just two days earlier, the Saints defeated Wingate University 4-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament. The Saints never trailed through the 90 minutes despite a bit of a slow start as they picked up momentum as the game progressed and were able to keep the pressure on Wingate's defenses.

Trevino recorded two of the Saints' four goals on the afternoon, including the first goal of the game when she volleyed a cross from Caroline Wallace into the net in the 24th minute.

Megan Morrow extended the lead to 2-0 when she connected put a penalty kick into the back of the net in the 37th minute but Wingate's Taryn Grivois cut the deficit back to a manageable one goal just three minutes later.

After taking the 2-1 advantage into halftime, it did not take the Saints long in the second half to add some breathing room as Cicely Taliaferro score an unassisted goal just two minutes in.

Trevino put the icing on the cake with her second goal in the 53rd minute, giving North Georgia enough breathing room that every player on the travel roster was able to see action.

The Saints ended the contest with a 21-9 advantage in shots while the Bulldogs took one more corner kick (4-3) than the Saints.

Sayre recorded three saves in goal for the Saints as she sealed her 15th win of the season while Miriam Boucher made four saves en route to accepting her third loss of the year.


Men’s Basketball (2-0)

Last week (2-0): vs. Salem International (W, 92-80); vs. Newberry (W, 106-99 - OT)

This week: Home vs. Newberry (11/14 – 7:00 p.m.)

Ishmael Hollis had quite the debut this past weekend as he averaged a double-double in his first two games as a member of the North Georgia College & State University men’s basketball team and was named the Most Valuable Player for Newberry College’s Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament.

Hollis led the Saints (2-0) in both scoring and rebounding as the Saints defeated Salem International University 92-80 on Friday, Nov. 9 and Newberry 106-99 in overtime the following afternoon. The 6-8 junior transfer from Western Carolina University had 27 points and eight rebounds against the Tigers of Salem International Friday and followed that up with his first double-double of the season off of 28 points and 16 boards against the Wolves of Newberry on Saturday.

Also in Saturday’s game, fellow junior transfer Chris Tanzy set the school record for assists in a single game in just his second contest at North Georgia. Tanzy had 12 assists off the bench, eclipsing the previous mark of 11.

The Saints' 106 points scored against the Wolves was the most in a single game for North Georgia since scoring 105 in a win last season over Mars Hill College on Nov. 12, 2011.

With 10 minutes left in the first half of Saturday’s game, the Saints seemed to break things wide open offensively as they went on a 20-5 run over the span of five minutes. The drive ended with North Georgia up 40-22 with 5:24 remaining in the first stanza.

By the time the first half was over, the Saints held a 52-36 lead after being up by as many as 23 at one point.

But the second half was a different story as the Saints came out slow and allowed the Wolves to score six unanswered points in the first minute of play to pull within 10 (52-42).

Where North Georgia controlled the ball and seemingly scored at will down the stretch of the first half, Newberry did the same in the second stanza. The Wolves slowly chipped away at the lead with a 33-10 run that followed a Hollis three-pointer at the 8:10 mark and ended when Demarkus Smith scored a layup with 39 seconds remaining in regulation.

The two teams attempted to end the game in 40 minutes, but the final buzzer sounded with the score knotted at 91-all after Quayshun Hawkins drilled a three-ball with just six seconds remaining to avoid the loss for Newberry.

The Saints were able to regain their composure in the five-minute overtime period as they out-scored Newberry 15-8 to seal the seven-point victory.

In total, five players finished with double-digit point outings for North Georgia led by Hollis' game-high 28 points. Scott Windom was the Saints' next leading scorer with 17 points while Lamar Richardson and Taylor Metzger both added 15. JC Ward rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Saints with 11 points.

Richardson's 15 points all came in the first half off five three-pointers while Ward just missed out again on a double-double with nine rebounds added to his 11 points. In Friday's game, Ward came within two rebounds of recording the double-double.

As a team, the Saints finished the contest shooting 49.4% (38-77) from the field that included a 47.4% (18-38) effort from beyond the three-point arc.


Newberry's team stats were very similar to that of the Saints as the Wolves shot 46.7% (35-75) from the field and six players finished with double-digit points. 

The three leading scorers for the Wolves were Mitch Riggs, Dondray Walker and Hawkins all with 17 points. Riggs and Walker led the team with four three-pointers each while Brunes Charles finished with a double-double performance off 14 points and 10 boards. 

Following the game, Ward and Windom were named to the All-Tournament team while Hollis was named the Mom Reeves Memorial Tournament MVP.

The two programs will continue their rivalry on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Dahlonega with a 7 p.m. contest.

Newberry enters Wednesday’s contest 1-1 on the season having scored 99 points in each of it’s first two games. Demarkus Smith, Dondray Walker, Quayshun Hawkins and Mitch Riggs all led the Wolves in scoring in the first two games while Brunes Charles had double-doubles off points and rebounds in both opening games.

North Georgia is now 5-2 all-time against Newberry.


Women’s Basketball

This week: Home vs. Carson-Newman College (11/16 – 6:00 p.m.) – Lady Saints Tip-Off Classic

                   Home vs. the University of West Florida (11/17 – 4:00 p.m.) – Lady Saints Tip-Off Classic

The North Georgia College & State University women's basketball team had their final tune-up before the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 as they hosted LaGrange College in an exhibition game at Memorial Hall Gymnasium.

Junior Jaymee Carnes picked up right where she left off last season as she led the Saints to an 86-72 victory with 22 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks. She went 8-14 from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line.

Also recording double-digit point outings for North Georgia were Mimi Hill with 12 points, Stephanie Huffman with 13 and Keely Chester with 11.

North Georgia ended the contest shooting 50.8% (31-61) from the field and had just four three-pointers as a team.

Four players had double-digit points for LaGrange led by Katie Covington's 18 off the bench. She went 10-11 from the charity stripe and was just 4-11 from the field.

Caroline Brashier chipped in 15 points, Madison McDonald added 13 and Heather Miller had 11 points. Miller was the only starter for the Panthers to break into double digits.

This weekend, the Saints will open their regular season by hosting the Lady Saints Tip-Off Classic on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. Joining North Georgia in the four-game tournament will be Carson-Newman (1-1), the University of West Florida (0-2) and fellow Peach Belt Conference institution Georgia College & State University (0-1).

Georgia College and West Florida will get things started on Friday with a 4:00 p.m. tip-off with the Saints hitting the court against Carson-Newman at 6:00 p.m.

The Bobcats will then take on the Eagles of Carson-Newman at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday while North Georgia and West Florida will close things down at 4:00 p.m.

Carson-Newman, which dropped their opening game to Coker College before besting Erskine College last weekend, is currently led on the court by Shyra Brown’s 13.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Chante Markus averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest in the Eagles’ first two games while Nikki James has already recorded four blocks and leads the team along with Brown with five steals.

West Florida dropped a pair of games to Southern Indiana University and Barry College to open their regular season. The Argos were led by Toynetta Johnson’s 13 points in the first game and Baylie Bridges’ 12 in the second. But it is Emily Erland and Hanna Vette who have averaged 10.0 points per contest through the first weekend of play.

Georgia College fell to the University of West Georgia 75-52 on Saturday to open its season and had three players finish with double-digit point outings. Shanteona Keys led the team with 14 points while Tara Wornica was just one point behind her.

All four games will be available via live stats and a live web stream. For the links, go to