December 3, 2012

Weekly Athletics Release 15 – Monday, December 3, 2012

Mixed Rifle

Last week: SEARC 4 at Wofford, Dec. 1 (1st/2nd) 

The North Georgia College & State University mixed rifle team closed out the fall portion of their season in by winning their fourth Southeastern Rifle Conference air rifle match Saturday, this time hosted at Wofford College. 

The Saints won the tournament with a strong 2,274-point total. They beat their rival, The Citadel, for the first time this season by 12 points, followed by Wofford and Clemson University. Saints contributing to the win were freshmen Casadie Bragg, Cadet Ryan Moran, Cadet Kyle Bailey and Sara Howell.

In the individual standings, three Saints finished in the top ten, including the top two spots. Bragg fired an excellent 578/600 to claim the win. She now has three first place finishes and two second place finishes out of eight matches this season. Additionally, Bragg is the only athlete in the conference who has won more than one match.

Moran shattered his personal record by 17 points with a very strong 576 to take second place by a six-point margin over third. Bailey also stood out with a very good 564 to claim sixth place. 

In NCAA competition, the Citadel men's team edged past the Saints 2,254 to 2,244 while Wofford finished third and Citadel women fourth.

The Saints will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 when they host the entire Southeastern Rifle Conference for a tournament at their on-campus range.


Men’s Basketball (4-2)

Last week (1-0): at Truett-McConnell (W, 108-81)

This week: Away vs. Limestone College (12/8 – 4:00 p.m.)

The North Georgia College & State University men’s basketball team played just one game last week, a 108-81 road win over NAIA institution Truett-McConnell College on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The win improved the Saints to 4-2 for the season and the 27-point margin is the largest victory for North Georgia since a 105-78 victory over Mars Hill College last season on Nov. 12, 2011.

North Georgia hit on 41 of their 73 looks from the field and sank 13 shots from three-point range (48.1%).

Lamar Richardson and Ishmael Hollis led the scoring for the Saints as both logged 23 points, but Hollis was more efficient from the field as he went 10-15 with a trio of three-pointers to go along with eight rebounds and a pair of blocks. Richardson led all players with six treys and added six assists.

Scott Windom went 7-12 from the field as he finished with 17 points and Taylor Metzger came off the bench to score 12 points off a 4-6 performance. Chris Tanzy just missed out on a double-double as he scored nine points and matched that point total with nine assists.

While his team lost the game, Anthoney Dorsey was nearly unstopable in the first half of play as he scored 23 of his game-high 30 points in the opening stanza. He went 9-19 from the field including 4-8 from three-point range while his team went 26-67 (38.8%) from the field.

Andretti Loyd and Brandon Joiner both had double-digit point outings for the Bears that saw Loyd score 18 points and Joiner 15.

North Georgia never trailed in the contest and opened things up with a 15-4 run through the first five minutes of play.

The Bears did close within three points when Dorsey hit a three-ball with 7:18 remaining in the opening half, but that was as close as Truett-McConnell could come as the Saints closed out the first half with a 57-41 lead.

Truett-McConnell scored the first four points of the second half, but it was not enough to spur a come back as North Georgia continued to roll. Hollis had just eight points off a 4-8 shooting performance in the opening 20 minutes but turned up the heat in the second stanza as he went 6-7 in the second half for 15 points.

North Georgia will remain on the road for three more games including their final out of conference contest next Saturday, Dec. 8. The Saints will travel to Gaffney, S.C. where they will take on Limestone College in a 4:00 p.m. contest before diving into Peach Belt Conference play the following week.


Women’s Basketball (2-4)

Last week (1-1): vs. Lenoir-Rhyne (L, 74-61); vs. Chowan (W, 55-41)

This week: Away vs. Carson-Newman (12/5 – 6:00 p.m.)

The North Georgia College & State University women’s basketball team broke a three-game losing skid this past weekend with a 55-41 victory in the Loch Shop Classic hosted by national-No. 5 Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The day before, the Saints fell 74-61 to the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne giving them a 1-1 record for the week.

Junior forward Jaymee Carnes scored 46 of the Saints’ 116 points for the weekend as she averaged a double-double with 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game between the pair of contests. The Gainesville, Ga. native led all scorers in both contests and also recorded three assists, three steals and a block.

In Saturday’s loss to Lenoir-Rhyne, North Georgia went 25-78 (.321) from the field but a 49.2% (31-63) effort by Lenoir-Rhyne (4-1), including going 5-12 from three-point range, helped lift the Bears to the 13-point victory. The Saints only managed to shoot 21.7% (5-23) from beyond the three-point arc.

Carnes led all scorers with 24 points and the junior just missed out on a double-double as she also corralled in nine rebounds. Carnes went 10-27 from the field and added two assists and one block. 

Stephanie Huffman also just missed out on a double-double as she ended the contest with 11 points and eight rebounds, but went 4-12 from the field. 

Jordan Hiatt led the way for the Bears with 12 points and eight rebounds while Brittany Christian added 11 points of her own. Each also set up four other scores. 

The Saints held the lead for just 35 seconds early in the first half but were able to stay close to the Bears for the majority of the game including allowing just a one-point Lenoir-Rhyne lead heading into halftime after a pair of free throws by Huffman.

Lenoir-Rhyne opened the second half with a 7-2 run in the first five minutes before North Georgia was able to pull back within two off a pair of free throws by Carnes, but that was as close as the Saints could manage as Lenoir-Rhyne opened things back up from there to close out the win. 

Sunday’s game saw the fortunes turn in favor of North Georgia despite neither team shooting particularly well from the field; North Georgia went 17-55 (.309) from the field compared to a 14-58 performance by Chowan. Both teams shot less than 30% from three-point range, but the Saints' 80% performance (16-20) from the free throw line proved to be the difference maker as the Hawks could only manage an 11-18 (.611) outing from the line.

Carnes recorded her first double-double of the season, ending the 40 minutes with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the 14-point win. She went 6-17 from the field with two free throws and also went 8-10 from the charity stripe.

Huffman ended the game as North Georgia's second-leading scorer with eight points while Keeley Chester recorded three of North Georgia's five blocks.

Janelle Murphy was the only other player on either team to record double-digit points as she had 13 off a 6-15 performance from the field.

Molly Rainwater started the game off with two three-pointers within 24 seconds of each other to give North Georgia a 6-0 lead, but she would not score the rest of the game. The six points spurred an opening 11-1 drive by the Saints through the first five minutes of play. 

Chowan struggled to keep the game close, but North Georgia took a 28-17 lead into halftime and the second half proved to be much of the same as the Saints flirted with a 20-point lead for much of the second half before settling for the 14-point victory.

North Georgia has one final out of conference game this season before diving into Peach Belt Conference play. The Saints will face Carson-Newman College in a rematch on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Jefferson City, Ten. The two programs opened North Georgia's season on Nov. 16 with the Eagles leaving Memorial Hall Gymnasium with a 78-66 victory.