NORTH GA. WOMEN 57, NO. 3 USC AIKEN 50
DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The nationally third-ranked USC Aiken women’s basketball team was upset by North Georgia, 57-50, in Peach Belt Conference action on Monday evening at Memorial Hall Gymnasium.
The loss snaps a six-game winning streak for the Pacers in the series between the two institutions.
USCA (13-2, 6-2 PBC) is now tied with Augusta State (12-2, 6-2 PBC) for first place in the Peach Belt Conference East Division.
The Pacers opened the game on an 8-2 run over the first six minutes of the contest.
USCA still owned a slight one-point 17-16 advantage with 2:10 remaining in the first half, but the Saints closed the half on an eight-point run to take a 24-17 lead into the halftime break.
USCA finished the first half shooting 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from the floor as a team. North Georgia (6-9, 4-4 PBC) shot 38.5 percent (10-for-26) from the field as a team in the first stanza.
North Georgia extended its lead to as many as 16 points in the second half, but USCA battled its way back into the contest to trail by only six at 49-43 with 4:23 left in the game. After a long Daniela Tarailo 3-pointer a little over a minute later, the North Georgia lead was just four points at 50-46.
USCA wasn’t be able to get any closer in its eventual seven-point loss to North Georgia.
Two Pacers finished in double figures in the game with Porsha Martin leading the way with 14 points. Tarailo added 11 of her own.
Martin also had a team-best six rebounds to go along with two assists and two steals. Tarailo had four rebounds and three assists in the contest.
Pacer point guard Brittany Hill finished the USCA loss with seven points, six assists, six steals, three rebounds and one block.
USC Aiken’s Tiffani Moody concluded her efforts in the game with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal.
North Georgia All-American Jaymee Carnes closed out the Saint win with a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Carnes was one of three Saints in double figures.
As a team, USCA ended its evening shooting 31.3 percent (21-for-67) from the field. The Pacers hit just four of their 25 (16 percent) 3-point attempts as a team in the game. USC Aiken was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
North Georgia closed out its win over the third-ranked Pacers shooting 42.6 percent from the field (20-for-47) as a team. The Saints hit 50 percent (5-of-10) of their 3-point attempts as a team in the contest.
North Georgia shot a dismal 37.5 percent (12-for-32) from the free throw line in the game as a team.
USCA will next return home to face off against Georgia College at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Convocation Center. The contest will serve as USCA’s final game against Peach Belt Conference West Division opposition in the 2012-13 regular-season.