February 12, 2013

Weekly Athletics Release 21 – Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tennis

Lat week: Men vs. Shorter (Wed., Feb. 6 - W, 5-4); Women vs. Shorter (Wed., Feb. 6 – L, 4-5); Men at Erskine (Sat., Feb. 9 – W, 7-2)
This week: Men & Women host Francis Marion (Sat., Feb. 16- 11:00 AM)

The University of North Georgia men's and women's tennis teams were finally able to open the 2013 spring campaigns last week after rain postponed the start of the season the week before.

The 23rd-ranked Saint men are off to a 2-0 start after capturing a 5-4 win at home over Shorter University and a 7-2 win on the road at Erskine.

The women were only able to get one match in, falling 5-4 to Shorter at home last Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Both teams have already had their schedules altered for this week but are still scheduled to host their first Peach Belt Conference match of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Francis Marion University is scheduled to travel to Dahlonega for an 11:00 a.m. match at the North Georgia Tennis Complex, but if changes due to weather do occur, updates will be posted at www.SaintsSports.com

Directions to the North Georgia Tennis Complex can be found HERE.

Baseball (1-5)

Last week (0-3): Home vs. King (Fri., Feb. 8 – L, 3-0; Sat., Feb. 9 – W, 11-9; Sun., Feb. 10 – L, 5-4)
This week: Home Tournament – North Georgia Invitational (Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17)

Last week, the University of North Georgia baseball team opened its home schedule with a three-game series against the King College Tornado. The Tornado claimed the series 2-1, but the Saints were able to capture win No. 500 for head coach Tom Cantrell. The win marked his 500th win at the helm of the North Georgia baseball program as he has surpassed 600 wins for his career as a collegiate head coach.

The Saints came close to wrapping up the three-day series with another win, but their late-game scoring drive fell just one run short.

North Georgia will next host Millersville University, the University of West Florida and Shorter University in the three-day, six-game North Georgia Invitational at Bob Stein Stadium lasting from Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17.

The Saints and Marauders of Millersville will start things off on Friday with a 4:00 p.m. first pitch. The Argonauts of West Florida and the Hawks of Shorter will then play at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Argos and Saints will square off at 1:00 p.m. with the Hawks and Marauders playing at 4:30 p.m. The Tournament will end on Sunday with Millersville and West Florida playing at high noon before Shorter and North Georgia wrap up the tournament with a 3:30 p.m. game.

Live Stats will be available for all six games.

Men’s Basketball (13-8, 8-6 PBC)

Last week (2-0): Away vs. Young Harris (Thurs., Feb. 7 – W, 85-77); Home vs. Columbus State (Sat., Feb. 9 – W, 91-64)
This week: Away vs. Francis Marion – PBC Game (Thurs., Feb. 14 – 7:30 PM)
                   Away vs. UNC Pembroke – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 16 – 3:30 PM)

The University of North Georgia men's basketball team picked up a pair of crucial Peach Belt Conference wins last week, one on the road over Young Harris College and another at home against Columbus State University. The win over Columbus State avenged a loss in Columbus to the Cougars the week before.

In Thursday's road win over the Mountain Lions, every player who saw action on the court for North Georgia scored as the Saints received 45 points from its bench. The Saints connected on nearly 50% (34-69) of their shot attempts from the field while the Mountain Lions, who are currently second in the PBC West Division, shot just 34.2% (26-76) from the field.

Senior Scott Windom made three of North Georgia's six treys while going 9-15 from the field to finish with 23 points. He also went 2-2 from the free throw line and corralled in six rebounds.

On Saturday, it was Lamar Richardson leading the way for the Saints as he scored a season-high 26 points. He ended the night shooting 9-11 from the field and 6-7 from three-point range while also bringing down eight defensive rebounds. 

North Georgia ended the game with 12 three-pointers while shooting 51.6% (32-62) from the field. It was the most three-pointers the Saints have scored since netting 13 in a 67-57 road win over Georgia College on January 17 and was the best shooting performance from three-point range for the Saints since connecting on 60% (12-20) in a 93-85 win at Limestone back in December. 

The Saints were able to convert 17 Columbus State turnovers into 29 points and out-rebounded the Cougars 40-26.

North Georgia will now hit the road for two cross-division games. The Saints will first travel to Florence, S.C. where they will take on Francis Marion University at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 before heading up into North Carolina where they will take on the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

The Patriots of FMU are currently fifth in the PBC East standings, just behind fourth-place Augusta State University, while the Braves of UNCP are third in the East. 

Women’s Basketball (8-13, 6-8 PBC)

Last week (0-2): Away vs. Young Harris (Thurs., Feb. 7 – L, 71-64); Home vs. Columbus State ( Sat., Feb. 9 – L, 84-75)
This week: Away vs. Francis Marion – PBC Game (Thurs., Feb. 14 – 5:30 PM)
                   Away vs. UNC Pembroke – PBC Game (Sat., Feb. 16 – 1:30 PM)

The University of North Georgia women's basketball team dropped two games last week in Peach Belt Conference action and fell to sixth in the West Division standings. The Saints fell 71-64 at Young Harris College on Thursday before dropping an 84-75 decision to Columbus State University on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Junior transfer Mimi Hill led the Saints in both games last week, averaging 25.5 points, 32 minutes and 7.5 rebounds per game. Between the two contests, she shot a scorching 64..5% (20-31) from the field as she has now scored double-digit points in her last six contests including a season-high 30 against the Cougars on Saturday. 

Sophomore guard Stephanie Huffman hit a career milestone at home on Saturday as she surpassed the 500-point total in her career at North Georgia. She has now scored 509 points in her collegiate career, averaging 10.8 points per game.

North Georgia will look to rebound this week with a pair of cross-division games. The Saints will first travel to Florence, S.C. where they will take on Francis Marion University at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 before heading up into North Carolina where they will take on the University of North Carolina Pembroke on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

The Patriots of FMU are currently fourth in the PBC East standings with the Braves of UNCP nipping at their heals in fifth.

#12 Softball (6-2)

Last week: Sat., Feb. 9 vs. Lincoln Memorial (L, 5-3); vs. Ala.-Huntsville (W, 6-4) – Captain D's Classic
                   Sun., Feb. 10 vs. Ala.-Huntsville (W, 9-4; vs. Lincoln Memorial (W, 7-2) – Captain D's Classic
This week: UTAH Charger Chillout – Decatur, Ala. (Fri., Feb. 15  – Sun., Feb. 17)

The 12th-ranked University of North Georgia softball team went 3-1 this past weekend in its second tournament of the 2013 season, the Captain D's Classic held at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.

The Saints fell 5-3 to Lincoln Memorial University in their first game, but then bounced back with three straight wins. They bested the University of Alabama-Huntsville 6-4 on Saturday, Feb. 9 and once against got the best of the Chargers with a 9-4 win on Sunday. North Georgia then closed out the tournament with a 7-2 win in five innings as the game was shortened due to inclement weather.

North Georgia was scheduled to host Mars Hill College in a Southeast Region doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 13 but the threat of bad weather forced those games to be postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time.

Instead, the Saints will now focus on the UAH Charger Chillout hosted by Alabama-Huntsville starting Friday, Feb. 15 and lasting through Sunday, Feb. 17. The Saints will play in six games over the three days starting with the University of West Alabama at 2:00 p.m. on Friday followed by the University of Charleston (WV) at 4:00 p.m.

North Georgia will then play the University of West Georgia and Barry University on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. before closing out the Chillout on Sunday against Quincy University and UAH at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Mixed Rifle

Last week: Away at Virginia Military Institute (Sat., Feb. 9 – 2nd)
This week: Away at SEARC 6/Sectional hosted by The Citadel (Sat., Feb. 16)

The University of North Georgia mixed rifle team traveled to Lexington, Va. this past weekend where the Saints competed against Virginia Military Institute's three teams. The Saints were able to best the men's and women's teams but were unable to surpass VMI's mixed rifle team in the competition. Freshman Casadie Bragg notched another win for the season as she led all participants in the air rifle competition with a score of 582/600.

North Georgia will next compete in its final regular season match of the season this coming Saturday, Feb. 16. The Saints will travel to Charleston, S.C. where The Citadel will host a Southeastern Air Rifle Conference tournament. The weekend's events also include the NRA Sectionals and NCAA championship qualifications.

Women's Golf

Last week: World Gold Village Invitational (Sun., Feb. 10-Sat., Feb. 11 – 12th)

The University of North Georgia women's golf team wrapped up its first tournament of the 2013 spring schedule, the World Golf Village Invitational hosted by Flagler College, in 12th place as a team with a team combined score of 686. The tournament was contested at the Slammer & Squire Golf Course. 

Seminole State College of Florida (592) claimed the tournament team crown by 19 strokes over second-place Flagler, which finished with a score of 611. The University of North Carolina Pembroke finished third with a score of 616.

UNC Pembroke's Meghan Moore shot a 70 in the second round and finished with a two-round score of 142 to claim the tournament individual title by three strokes over Chanya Angwarawong and Joanna Yoo from Seminole State.

For the Saints, senior Catalina Olarte bounced back on the second day with a 76 to finish with a 159 stroke count, ending the two rounds tied for 23rd overall.

Casey Truelove shot identical 86's in both rounds to finish in a tie for 51st while LeeAnn Noble ended the tournament with a 94 in the second round to finish 64th.

Freshmen Anna Belle Higgins and Bridget Sandy rounded out the competing five for North Georgia with identical 183's to finish their debut for the Saints in a tie for 65th.