January 28, 2009

Lady Saints Comeback Falls Short at Storm Dome

Box Score

AMERICUS, GA – North Georgia College & State University trailed by as many as 24 points in the second half before a late rally came up short and Georgia Southwestern came away with a 76-64 victory over the Lady Saints Wednesday evening at the Storm Dome in Peach Belt Conference action.

North Georgia falls to 5-12 overall and 2-8 in the PBC, while Georgia Southwestern improves to 6-12 overall and 1-10 in the league.

The Lady Saints received a pair of 21-point performances from Syretha Marble and Whitney Randolph as the duo combined for 42 points and seven rebounds while no other North Georgia player reached double figures.

The Lady Canes used a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures to hold off North Georgia down the stretch and come away with the 12-point victory. Brittany Reynolds led the way with 18 points and six rebounds while three other GSW players finished with 13 points.

Georgia Southwestern held the Lady Saints to 36.8 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from long range, while the Lady Canes shot 43.5 percent for the the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc.

North Georgia held their only lead of the game in the opening minute on a Randolph three-pointer, but GSW held a 16-point halftime lead and held on for the12-point victory. The Lady Saints fought back and pulled to within seven points with 2:22 remaining, but the Lady Hurricanes came away with a pair of crucial offensive rebounds late to seal the victory.

The Lady Saints return to action on Saturday afternoon, hosting 19th-ranked Francis Marion University at 2:00 p.m. as North Georgia will host Homecoming 2009.