GREENWOOD, S.C. — The No. 12 North Georgia women's basketball team took No. 6 Lander to the limit Saturday inside Finis Horne Arena but fell just short in overtime as the Bearcats escaped with a 69-63 win.
After Lander opened the game with a 4-0 start, UNG went on a 9-0 run to take the early lead. The Bearcats and Nighthawks went back-and-forth throughout the entirety of the game, but North Georgia held the upper hand at the break, leading 34-29 after 20 minutes.
UNG extended their lead to as many as six midway through the third quarter before Lander came back to hold a lead through the majority of the fourth quarter. Down one with the shot clock off in regulation, Caroline Martin took the ball to the basket, made a layup and got fouled to put UNG up two with seven seconds left. After Makayla Cange hit a layup with four seconds left, North Georgia couldn't convert, sending the game to overtime where LU outscored the Nighthawks, 11-5.
- Abbie Franklin led UNG in the game with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. On her first bucket of the game, Franklin surpassed the 1,000 career point milestone.
- Martin added 12, while Julianne Sutton put up a double-double of 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
- Both teams finished the game with 20 turnovers. UNG converted that into 23 points, while Lander got 24 points off turnovers.
- Despite getting outrebounded, 44-32, UNG outscored Lander in the paint by a 32-24 margin.
Additionally, North Georgia has announced some changes to the upcoming women's basketball schedule, including a new opponent for Monday's contest inside the UNG Convocation Center.
The Nighthawks will now battle Young Harris on Monday, January 25, in a rescheduled contest from January 13, with game time set for 5:30 p.m.
Originally, UNG was to play on the other side of Blood Mountain, but the two sides have agreed to switch the home and away dates, meaning that the North Georgia women will now play at Young Harris on February 13 with the men's teams still set to square off in Dahlonega.