November 19, 2013

Women's Basketball Suffers 87-81 Setback At Fort Valley State

FORT VALLEY, Georgia – ( – Fort Valley State University forced 25 Nighthawk turnovers en route to an 87-81 victory as the Wildcats handed the University of North Georgia women's basketball team its first loss of the season on Tuesday in FVSU's HPE Complex.  Fort Valley grabbed 19 offensive rebounds, including 13 in the second half, and collected seven more total rebounds (37-30) than the Nighthawks.

After missing on their first three tries from long range, the Wildcats would connect on their next four ending with a long ball from Carmenonique Dawson giving FVSU a 26-24 lead with 8:41 remaining in the half.   Trailing by seven (44-37) with 1:29 in the half, North Georgia would use a layup by Jaymee Carnes and a three-pointer from Molly Rainwater to cut the halftime deficit to 44-42 at half.

Fort Valley (1-3) would lead for the duration of the second half with the Wildcats' largest lead of eight (60-52) coming at the 12:32 mark. A steal by UNG's Cierra Jackson and accompanying assist for a layup to Jaymee Carnes would give the Nighthawks a 68-67 lead but the advantage would be short-lived as FVSU would regain the lead on the next possession and never look back. 

For North Georgia, Carnes recorded a game-high 30 points on 14-20 from the floor to go along with four blocks.  Mimi Hill added a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds while pitching in with five assists.  Stephanie Huffman added 12 points to round out UNG's double-figure scorers.  

For the host Wildcats, Dawson posted a team-high 22 points on 4-8 shooting from the floor while Shytina Harley and Antoinna Jefferson added 19 and 14 respectively as the duo each connected on four three-point baskets and accounted for all eight of the Wildcats' long range connections. 

North Georgia returns to action on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 22-23) when the team plays host to the UNG Nighthawk Classic in Memorial Hall with Georgia College, North Greenville and Shorter gracing Memorial Hall for the two-day classic-style event.  UNG will open play on Friday at 6:00 against North Greenville.