Saint Women Drop Road Game 71-64 to Young Harris
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead on the road Thursday night, but fell 71-64 to Young Harris College in the two teams' first meeting on the hardwood since the Mountain Lions joined the Peach Belt Conference.
The loss by the Saints (8-12, 6-7 PBC) caused North Georgia to swap places with the Mountain Lions (12-8, 6-7 PBC) in the West Division standings.
Despite the loss, the Saints shot better from the field – 38% compared to 36% by the Mountain Lions – but it was Young Harris' 47% (9-19) from three-point range compared to 29% (7-24) by the Saints coupled with nine more free throws that made the difference.
Mimi Hill led all players with 21 points, off a 7-11 shooting performance in 31 minutes of work. Hill, who had her fifth game in a row scoring in double-digits, just missed out on a double-double with eight rebounds.
Fellow junior forward Jaymee Carnes was the only other Saint to finish in double figures. The Gainesville, Ga. native ended her 37 minutes of work with 18 points to go along with six rebounds.
Keta Robinette led four Mountain Lions in double figures with 18 points and played all 40 minutes. Lauren Smith and Breanna Gleeson also played all 40 minutes and scored 13 and 11 points respectively.
Peyton Robertson secured a double-double off 13 points and 11 rebounds but it was Shereese Williams cleaning up the glass with 16 boards, 10 coming off the defensive glass.
Through the first 20 minutes of action, the Saints never trailed, but still found themselves down 30-28 at halftime after Robinette connected on a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the first half.
Freshman Molly Rainwater converted three of her five three-point attempts in the first half, finishing with nine points.
Coming out of the intermission, Carnes scored four straight points to take the lead back for North Georgia, but the Saints were unable to build up much of a cushion and, with 12:28 remaining, Breanna Gleeson handed the lead back over to Young Harris for good off a three-pointer.
The Mountain Lions were able to stretch their lead out to 10 (39-49) nearly three minutes later, and, despite the Saints continuing to fight hard to keep the game within just a couple possessions from there, Young Harris was able to hold onto the lead for the rest of the game.
The Saints return home on Saturday, Feb. 9 for a rematch against Columbus State University. Saturday's game will be the Saints' annual "Pink Game" and will also be "Lumpkin County Educators Day" with $1 from every ticket sold going toward the "Invest in the Future" initiative. The North Georgia School of Education will match the Athletics Department's donations to the "Invest in the Future" initiative dollar-for-dollar.