January 11, 2014

Hill's Season-High 36 Leads UNG Past #19 Clayton State In Peach Belt Action

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – Mimi Hill scored 21 of her season-high 36 points in the second half to lead the University of North Georgia women's basketball team to a 93-81 Peach Belt Conference West Division victory over #19 Clayton State University in UNG's Memorial Hall.   Keeley Chester added 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocks while Stephanie Huffman narrowly missed her fourth consecutive double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds.

The victory was the Nighthawks' ninth consecutive and ended a 13-game slide against the Lakers as the team moves to 11-1 overall and remains a perfect 5-0 in Peach Belt play.  CSU suffers its third consecutive loss and falls to 8-5 and 3-3 in league action.

After Clayton State scored the game's first points, UNG took command and held a comfortable lead for the lead for the duration of the first half.  An old-fashioned three-point play by Huffman with 41 seconds before the break gave the Nighthawks their biggest lead of the half 51-35. 

With North Georgia leading by 11 (65-54) at the 11:29 mark of the second half, Clayton State used a 10-1 run to cut the lead to two (66-64).  Leading by just a single possession (75-72) with just over five minutes left, the Nighthawks put the game away with a 12-5 run over the next three minutes to extend their lead back to double figures 87-77 with just 1:48 remaining.

Hill was good on 4-5 from behind the three-point line and connected on all 10 of her free throw attempts.  As a team, the Nighthawks were good on 34-38 from the charity stripe compared to just 11-19 for the Lakers. 

Chester and Huffman were the model of efficiency scoring as the two combined to shoot 11-5 from the floor and 16-20 from the free throw line. 

CSU was able to convert 18 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points despite North Georgia holding a 40-34 advantage on the glass.

UNG returns to action on Wednesday, January 15 when #22 Georgia College comes to Dahlonega for a 5:30 PBC West Division showdown.