UNG women’s basketball team named Southeast Region Champions

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Press, No. 20 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team can call themselves Southeast Region Champions, for the first time in the NCAA era, as they beat Lander, 73-62, in the regional final at Anderson’s Abney Center.

Lander took an early lead as the Nighthawks struggled to knock down shots in the opening minutes, but North Georgia stormed back, cutting the lead to three after the first period. North Georgia took the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter as part of a 12-0 run, 17-16.

From there, North Georgia never surrendered the lead, even though Lander tied the game twice in the second quarter. The Bearcats brought the game to within five with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, but the Nighthawks finished the game on a 6-0 run to claim the regional trophy. The women’s basketball program becomes the fifth program at UNG to make it to the NCAA Division II National Championship round, joining the baseball, cross country, softball and women’s tennis programs.
The Nighthawks were 23-of-29 from the free throw line, while the Bearcats were just 7-for-11.

 

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UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

UNG Baseball

 

LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG sophomore, Nick Clarno, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after Clarno hit a homerun all three games against Palm Beach Atlantic. 

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics


Clarno his .455 against Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, driving in six runs as the Nighthawks ran their record to 6-0. Clarno had a 1.364 batting percentage, and he opened with a solo shot in the first game before going for 2-for-4 in the second and third games. He also added a double during the finale, scoring a total of four runs and striking out only once in 11 at-bats. 

Clarno leads the PBC in slugging percentage, is tied for second in home runs and is seventh in total bases. This is his first weekly honor of his career.

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UNG women’s basketball sophomore named Player of the Week

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia women’s basketball sophomore, Julianne Sutton, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

In two games, Sutton averaged 19.5 points and 16.0 rebounds while shooting a 69% from the field. Sutton also scored 14 with 16 rebounds agains Lander, scoring 25 with another 16 against Georgia Southwestern.

Sutton is currently fifth in the PBC in rebounding, second in blocks, third in field goal percentage and 12th in scoring.

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UNG President visits LC Library to discuss her new children’s book

Community, Education

DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, visited the Lumpkin County Library for a book reading/signing of her new book, “UNG The Gold I See!” on Thursday. The children’s book is one of five that will be released by Dr. Jacobs and the UNG Press.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Dr. Jacobs told FYN that she was inspired to write the children’s books after she was gifted a copy of Barbara Walsh’s “The Poppy Lady.” “I loved the idea of using a children’s book to tell the history of North Georgia.” She also explains that the “genesis” of the book was to raise money for scholarships, “I’m very passionate about scholarships.” Dr. Jacobs explained, “and all profits from my books go straight to scholarship funds.” Jillian Murphy, Assistant Managing Editor with UNG Press added the book has sold enough copies to fund a few scholarships already.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

 

 

Dr. Jacobs also expressed gratitude for the book’s illustrator, J’anell Short, who is also Dr. Jacob’s sister, “We were able to save a lot on costs and also have a quick release date, thanks to her willingness to help.” She also added, “I’m very heartened by how well the book has been received.”

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Copies of “UNG The Gold I See!” are available at the UNG Bookstore.

UNG men’s basketball team falls short to Lander in overtime

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, Shawn Hopkins, guard for the UNG men’s basketball team, scored 29 points for the Nighthawks during their game against Lander Wednesday night, held at Finis Horne Arena.

The Nighthawks fell in overtime, 107-104, after holding a seven-point advantage at halftime.  UNG battled back, scoring the next eight points to retake the lead before LU held on to a two-point lead with just 15 seconds left in regulation. UNG took an early lead in the extra frame, but Lander stretched a lead out to six points, too far away for a late comeback attempt from UNG.

 

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“UNG The Gold I See!” Author meet-and-greet at Lumpkin County Library

University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA

The Lumpkin County Library will host a meet-and-greet with University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, author of, “UNG The Gold I See! The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus” on Thursday, January 31, from 4-5pm. Copies of Dr. Jacobs’ book will be available for purchase, and she will be available for book-signing.

“UNG The Gold I See! The Legacy of UNG’s Dahlonega Campus” is the first of five children’s books written by Dr. Jacobs, regarding each of the five UNG campuses. It is published by the University of North Georgia Press, and celebrates the history, heritage, and contributions by the college in Lumpkin County.

According to the UNG website the story tells a multi-generational story, “Benjamin Smith, his daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitor’s Day at UNG’s Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets. The mother wants to remember her years in the nursing program. And the grandson wants to find UNG Dahlonega’s legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus.”

 

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UNG women’s basketball athlete celebrates 1,000th career point

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Dahlonega, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Tamera Thorpe scored her 1,000th career point during their game against Flagler; however, the No. 20 UNG women’s basketball team fell to their opponent in overtime, 74-70.

With a jumper at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter, the senior transfer notched point No. 1,001 with her 14th point of the game to put UNG up, 43-42, at that point. From there, the two teams went back and forth before Flagler took a four-point lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

Flagler controlled the overtime period, though, retaking the lead right away and never relinquishing it.

 

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