January 7, 2012

Lady Saints Bounce Back with 57-45 Victory over Augusta State

Contact: Steve Cunha, sjcunh2033@northgeorgia.edu

AUGUSTA, GA - The North Georgia women's basketball bounced back from a tough loss to Clayton State, by defeating Augusta State 57-45 on Saturday evening in the Christenberry Fieldhouse.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Lady Saints (7-4, 2-1 PBC) in the all-time series with the Jaguars (7-5, 2-2 PBC). 

For the fourth time this season, North Georgia followed up a loss with a double-digit victory.

The Lady Saints controlled the pace from the opening tip, and starting the game on an 8-2 run over the first four minutes of the game. North Georgia started the run when senior Lindsey Moss hit a three from well beyond the arc and Jaymee Carnes capped the run making one of two free throws. 

Over the next six minutes the Lady Saints stretched their lead to 10 points when Jessica Trice made a pair of free throws with 9:47 remaining.

The Jaguars made a run to cut North Georgia's lead to four when Jemimah Ashby made a layup with three and a half minutes left, but the Lady Saints would hold them scoreless for the remainder of the half ending the half on an 8-0, capped by a Moss jumper. 

A game after scoring a season-low 16 points in the first half, the Lady Saints responded by surrendering only 16 to the Jaguars and holding them to 23.4 percent shooting from the field (8-34).

In the first five minutes of the second half North Georgia was able to stretch their lead to as many as 17 (37-20) when Carnes made a layup. However, the Jaguars clawed their way back into the game, cutting the lead to single-digits when Eryka Menzis made a trey with eight minutes remaining in the game. 

The Lady Saints proved to be too much for Augusta State as they stretched their lead back to double-digits responding with a 6-0 run capped by another pair of Trice free throws with just under seven minutes remaining in the game and never looked back.

Offensively, North Georgia was once again led by Carnes who registered her nation-best 10th double-double of the year, scoring a game-high 21 points, pulling down 11 boards, and swatting six shots. 

Carnes has scored in double figures in every game thus far for the Lady Saints and has scored at least 20 points in 10 of their 11 contests.

Trice had another solid game for coach Buffie Burson, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine boards, while hitting all 11 of her free throw attempts. Trice had four more free throws attempts then the entire Augusta State squad.

Freshman Amanda Rector had arguably the best offensive game of her young collegiate career, scoring seven points and recording four steals, while Moss added eight points and six boards. 

Augusta State's offensive attack was as balanced as advertised with Brittany White and Tiffany Jaecks leading the charge eight points apiece with four of their teammates scoring six.

The Lady Saints return to the hardwood on Thursday, January 12, when they host Peach Belt foe UNC Pembroke in their second home conference game of the season, with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 pm.