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Posted: Saturday, December 14th 2013 at 5:34pm

Huffman, Carnes lead Lady Nighthawks past Armstrong State

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DAHLONEGA - Stephanie Huffman and Jaymee Carnes registered 19 points apiece to lead four Lady Nighthawks in double figures in the North Georgia women's 80-65 Peach Belt Conference victory over Armstrong Atlantic State 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 the conference schedule off on a good start," stated UNG head coach Buffie Burson. "I am proud of how unselfish we played tonight and used a wide range of contributions to earn a hard-fought win."

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

AASU's Tyler Carlson registered a team-best 17 points but was limited to just two in the second half. Brigitta Barta added 16 while Bryonna Davis scored 10.

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 would give 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.
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