Posted: Monday, December 16th 2013 at 10:46pm
Trio of double-doubles propel N. Georgia women past Flagler, 96-77
DAHLONEGA -– All five starters scored in double figures as the University of North Georgia women's basketball team capped the pre-holiday schedule with a 96-77 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Flagler College on Monday evening in Memorial Hall. Jaymee Carnes, Stephanie Huffman and Keeley Chester each registered double-doubles for the Nighthawks as the starting five accounted for all but two points of North Georgia's scoring.
Carnes led the way with a team-best 25 points on 11-13 shooting from the floor and was able to collect 10 rebounds. Chester added 21 as well and rounded off her double-double with a season-high 10 assists. Huffman registered 17 points on 7-10 from the floor to go along with 10 rebounds.
Mimi Hill and Molly Rainwater added 21 and 10 respectively.
As a team UNG recorded a season-high 27 assists but was plagued by 19 turnovers.
Flagler (2-7, 0-2 PBC) was paced by Williesha Spencer's game-high 26 points paired with seven assists. Latesha Johnson added 10 for the Saints.
A free throw by Spencer gave the visiting Saints a 14-11 lead at the 14:21 mark of the first half as Flagler would hold the lead until the 8:52 mark when Rainwater connected on a driving layup to put UNG ahead 21-19. The Nighthawks continued to mount a 19-4 run to go ahead 40-25 and eventually held an 11-point edge (46-35) at the break.
After a jumper by Flagler's Simone High to start the second half North Georgia registered a 12-5 run to extend its lead to a game-high 19 points (61-42).
Flagler responded by scoring 15 of the game's next 17 points over a 3:29 stretch to cut the Nighthawk lead down to six (63-57). After the two teams traded baskets, North Georgia scored the next eight points to expand the lead back to double figures for the remainder of the contest.
The Nighthawks did most of their damage in the paint outscoring Flagler 58-32 down low fueled by the 26 points from Carnes and Hill.
North Georgia held a slight edge in rebounding (38-of-32) but distanced itself from Flagler in efficiency making of its shots (38-of-61) compared to Flagler's 28-of-70.
UNG returns to action after the holidays with a January 4 road trip to Milledgeville, Ga. to take on Georgia College. The conference doubleheader will be covered on the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network beginning with a 1 p.m. pregame show.
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