Posted: Thursday, January 16th 2014 at 10:57am
North Georgia women notch 10th straight victory in OT
DAHLONEGA -– The 19th-ranked University of North Georgia women's basketball team stormed back from a 18-point second half deficit to post their 10th straight victory with a 94-88 overtime decision over No. 24 Georgia College on Wednesday in Peach Belt action in UNG's Memorial Hall.
Mimi Hill erupted for 24 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 p.m. The game can be heard through the UNG Nighthawk Basketball Radio Network with the pregame show beginning at 1:10.
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