Posted: Monday, February 17th 2014 at 12:01am
North Georgia uses second half spurt to pull away from Francis Marion
By staff reports
DAHLONEGA -– Mimi Hill and Stephanie Huffman registered double-doubles to help the 23rd-ranked University of North Georgia women's basketball team fend off an upset bid from visiting Francis Marion University and register a 78-71 Peach Belt Conference win on Sunday in UNG's Memorial Hall. North Georgia trailed by a basket at intermission but responded by outscoring the Patriots 43-34 in the second half to register their 18th win of the season.
Hill completed her seventh double-double of the season with a 28-point and 17-rebound effort marking the fourth straight game she has reached the statistical milestone. Huffman added 25 points and 11 rebounds as she connected on 10-15 shots from the floor.
Jordan Livesay notched her second straight double figure outing with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Patriots jumped out to a 14-3 lead six minutes into the game, marking the largest lead of the contest for either team. After the Nighthawks tied the game at 20-20 with 8:04 to play in the opening half, both teams traded the lead six times before a quick 6-0 spurt put the Patriots ahead by five points with 10 seconds to play before halftime. However, Huffman hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to make the score 37-35 at halftime.
FMU opened the second half on another 6-0 run, and increased the lead to 43-35, its largest advantage of the second half. With the game tied at 51-51, UNG would go on a 9-2 run, with the first six coming from Huffman, to put its lead at 60-53 with 10:44 left in the game.
Francis Marion would cut the Nighthawk lead back to a single point on two occasions. A Huffman layup with 56 seconds left would seal the deal.
North Georgia (18-4, 12-3) connected on its first 19 free throw attempts and finished the afternoon 24-26 (92%) from the charity stripe.
Alexia Bell led the Patriots with 15 points and seven rebounds. Briana Robinson chipped in 13 points and five rebounds, while Camille Dash added 11 points and four steals.
North Georgia returns to action on Wednesday when the team makes the short trip over Blood Mountain to take on Young Harris with a 5:30 p.m. start. The Nighthawks have won three straight since dropping a 78-74 decision to the Mountain Lions on Feb. 5.
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