December 14, 2013

North Georgia Opens Peach Belt Play With 80-65 Victory Over Armstrong Atlantic

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( – Stephanie Huffman and Jaymee Carnes registered 19 points apiece to lead four Nighthawks in double figures in the University of North Georgia's 80-65 Peach Belt Conference victory over Armstrong Atlantic State University on Saturday in Memorial Hall.  The victory marks the fifth consecutive season the Nighthawks have opened up PBC play with a victory.

Carnes added a season-best seven blocks and five assists to compliment her 19 points while Huffman recorded a complete game of eight rebounds and seven assists with the duo combining for 26 first half points – Carnes (15) and Huffman (11). 

"It was good for us to start our conference schedule off on a good note," stated UNG head coach Buffie Burson.  "I am proud of how unselfish we played and how we used a wide range of contributions from a lot of different players.  This league is going to require collective effort every night and I am glad we were able to play together tonight."

Mimi Hill and Molly Rainwater added 12 and 11 points respectively to round out North Georgia's double figure scorers. 

AASU's Tyler Carlson collected a team-best 17 points but was limited to just two points in the second half after netting 15 before intermission.  Brigitta Barta added 16 while Bryonna Davis scored 10 for the Pirates. 

The game's first five minutes saw UNG race out to a 17-6 lead capped by a three-pointer from Keeley Chester.  A layup by Armstrong's Mauri Wells would cut the Pirates' deficit to nine but a three from Rainwater would put the North Georgia back to double figures for the rest of the evening.

A Chester layup with 3:55 left in the half gave the Nighthawks their largest lead of the first frame 42-20.

The second half was all North Georgia as the Nighthawks would stretch their lead to a game-best 27 (71-44) on a pair of free throws by Carnes with 8:55 remaining. 

North Georgia (7-1, 1-0 PBC) assisted on 20 of its 29 made field goals and held a 42-37 advantage on the glass.  UNG shot 48% (29-60) on the night and limited the Pirates to 23-66 (35%). 

Armstrong (4-2, 0-1 PBC) was plagued by 16 turnovers.

The Nighthawks return to action on Monday, December 16 at 5:30 when Flagler comes to Memorial Hall for the semester's final PBC action.