January 15, 2014

#19 Nighthawks Rally From 18 Back To Down #24 Georgia College In Overtime 94-88

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – (UNGAthletics.com) – The #19th-ranked University of North Georgia women's basketball team stormed back from an 18-point second half deficit to post its 10th straight victory with a 94-88 overtime decision over #24 Georgia College on Wednesday in Peach Belt action in UNG's Memorial Hall.

Mimi Hill erupted for 36 points on 15-26 from the floor and was joined by Cierra Jackson with 20 points as the Nighthawks' double-figure scorers.  Jackson was good on 11-12 from the charity stripe as the sophomore guard matched her season high which she previously set in UNG's road win at Georgia College.  She also dished out a season-best seven assists. 

Stephanie Huffman continued her tear on the boards with a game-high 16 rebounds while Hill completed her second double-double of the season with 10 rebounds.  

Shanteona Keys led four Bobcats in double figures with a team-best 29 points.  Enisha Donley added 22 points while Brandi McKinney came off the bench to register 18 including 4-11 from three-point.  LaRice Walker added 11 for Georgia College. 

The first half was dominated by the Bobcats held UNG scoreless over the final 4:16 of the first half and used an 11-0 run to lead 45-31 at the break.

GC led by 18 (51-33) following a layup by Donley but the Nighthawks responded with an 11-0 run of their own to cut the lead to single digits at 51-44.

North Georgia would continue to chip away and was unable to pull even until a pair of Jackson free throws with just 11 seconds remaining.  After a Bobcat turnover a buzzer-beating attempt by Hill fell short and forced the extra period.

A three-pointer by McKinney less than a minute into overtime gave GC an 81-78 lead but an 8-0 run by North Georgia fueled by five Jackson free throws gave the Nighthawks an 86-81 lead with just 1:21 left. 

North Georgia iced the game by connecting on all 12 free throws of the second half.

The win ups UNG's record to 12-1 overall as the Nighthawks remain perfect in league play at 6-0 while the loss drops GC to 11-3 and 4-3 in league play. 

North Georgia returns to action on Saturday, January 18 when the team travels to Augusta to take on Georgia Regents University with tip off set for 1:30 PM.  The game can be heard through the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network with the pregame show beginning at 1:10.