November 22, 2013

Carnes' Early Double-Double Leads Nighthawks Past North Greenville 86-73

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( – Jaymee Carnes led five players in double figures as the University of North Georgia women's basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with an 86-73 victory over North Greenville on the opening day of the UNG Nighthawk Classic in Memorial Hall.  Carnes added a season-high 19 rebounds as the senior secured her second double-double of the season and was just one rebound shy of the mark prior to intermission. 

North Georgia held a slim 34-32 advantage at halftime and would use a quick 13-6 run to open the half with the run punctuated with a Stephanie Huffman three point basket.  North Greenville would get only within five points for the remainder of the contest. 

"Taking care of the ball in the second half was the main difference," said UNG head coach Buffie Burson. "Our ability to create second chances with 22 offensive rebounds negated our turnovers against North Greenville's full court pressure.  I was also very pleased with our unselfish play on the offensive end of the court."

The Nighthawks (3-1) held a decisive 49-20 advantage on the glass including the aforementioned 22 offensive rebounds.  Both teams shot a blistering pace from the field as UNG connected on 33-65 (51%) while North Greenville was good on 48% of their attempts (31-65).  A big difference was the Nighthawks' ability to knock down 7-15 (48%) threes after intermission after a dismal 2-8 (25%) first half.

North Georgia (3-1) assisted on a season-high 27 of their 33 made field goal attempts.  Huffman dished out a game-best six helpers while Carnes and Molly Rainwater registered five assists each.

Rainwater added 14 points to the Nighthawks' scoring cause including four three-point baskets.  Keeley Chester and Huffman added 11 and 10 respectively. 

For North Greenville (1-3), Alisha Hope scored a team-high 19 points on 7-14 from the field while Timisty Nelson rounded out the Crusaders' double figure scorers with 19 on a perfect 9-9 from the field.

The UNG Nighthawk Classic concludes tomorrow (Saturday) with a pair of games in Memorial Hall.  Georgia College takes on North Greenville at 2:00 before UNG and Shorter cap the two-day event at 4:00.