Lady Saints Hold Off Late Surge from Lynn for 62-59 Win
DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia Women's Basketball team played host to Lynn University in the final game of the Chick-fil-A Tip-Off Classic on Saturday evening and held off a furious rally by the Fighting Knights in the final minute to come away with a 62-59 victory in non-conference action.
The Lady Saints continue to roll, winning their third straight game and improving to 4-1 on the season, including a perfect 2-0 mark in the weekend classic, while Lynn University drops both games in the tournament, falling to 1-3 overall.
Things got interesting in the final seconds as North Georgia held a six-point edge at 60-54 with just 19 ticks left on the clock, but Lynn's Chelsea Patterson came down and drained a three-pointer to cut the lead in half.
After a timeout, the Fighting Knights were forced to foul Lindsey Moss who stepped to the line and hit one of two, leaving the door open for Patterson who again fired up a three-pointer, but this time she was fouled by Jessica Trice, sending Lynn to the line for a trio of free shots.
Patterson calmly knocked down the first two free throws to pull the Fighting Knights to within a bucket, and sent the third attempt wide of the mark, coming off the rim to Lynn's Marquis Lee who missed a put back. She would not stop there though as the junior gathered her own miss and went up again, but this time Moss would have none of it, collecting the block before Lynn was forced to foul again, this time with under one second remaining.
Moss once again hit one of two free throws and Lynn was left without another chance, giving the Lady Saints a 62-59 victory at the 2nd Annual Chick-fil-A Tip-Off Classic.
Janyce Ealey led the Saints with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her second straight double-double in as many days, earning her Most Valuable Player honors for the weekend classic. Moss finished in double figures with 13 points in 38 minutes of action, while Bianca O'Neal finished with nine points and seven assists.
Patterson scored a game-high 21 points for Lynn, going 7-17 from the field and 3-9 from long range, while Quanisha Dixon and Amanda Schultz finished were the only other players in double figures, finishing with 13 and 16 points respectively.
North Georgia shot 53-percent from long range, 42-percent from the field, and 60-percent from the charity stripe, while the Fighting Knights were 40-percent from the floor, 26-percent from behind the arc, and 42-percent from the free throw line.
Patterson was the All-Tournament team representative from Lynn, while Chowan's Talaya Lynch, Clayton State's Tanisha Woodard, and North Georgia's Sarah Stinson were also named to the squad, with Ealey earning MVP honors.
The Lady Saints return to action on Tuesday evening, traveling to nearby Truett-McConnell College to take on the Bears in non-conference action. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. in Cleveland, Georgia. The Sports Communications staff will be on hand to provide live statistics for the contest.