February 4, 2009

Lady Saints Force Overtime, Fall at GCSU 61-58

Box Score

DAHLONEGA, GA – North Georgia College & State University rallied from 19 down at halftime to force overtime before seeing a desperation three-pointer fall short in the extra period and fall 61-58 at Georgia College & State University Wednesday evening in Peach Belt Conference action.

The Lady Saints fall to 5-15 overall and 2-11 in the PBC, while GCSU improves to 14-5 overall and 9-3 in the conference.

North Georgia survived a pair of last-second shots from the Bobcats in regulation to force overtime at 56-56. In the extra session, the Lady Saints only managed a pair of free throws and saw a buzzer beater three-pointer from Syretha Marble come up short to give GCSU the victory.

Marble played a career game on both sides of the ball, scoring 20 points on 10-11 shooting from the free throw line and pulling 20 rebounds in all 45 minutes of action. Alyssa Stokes put up her best offensive performance of the year, scoring 14 points with nine of those coming from behind the arc.

GCSU used balanced scoring with only one player in double figures as Daniela Nopuente tallied 14 points while three other Bobcat players finished with nine points.

The Lady Saints finished with higher percentages in every shooting category, while GCSU turned the ball over just 11 times to North Georgia’s 24. The Bobcats were also outrebounded 49-39 while the two teams combined for 15 blocks.

The road will not get any easier for North Georgia as they return home to host 23rd-ranked USC Aiken Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.