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UNG women’s basketball named No. 2 seed

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The No. 16 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team will head to Greenwood, South Carolina, to defend their Southeast Regional Crown as the No. 2 seed, the NCAA announced Sunday night in the 2020 selection show.

The Nighthawks will take on seventh-seeded Clayton State in the opening round Friday, March 13. The Nighthawks are 2-1 against Clayton State this season, having beaten the Lakers in the Peach Belt Conference semifinals Saturday night, March 7, 87-65.

Lander will be the No. 1 seed and have hosting duties. The Bearcats won the regular season and tournament championships in the Peach Belt Conference to earn the top spot. LU will take on eighth-seeded Limestone in the opening round.

The other two matchups include third-seeded Anderson taking on sixth-seeded Carson-Newman and fourth-seeded Tusculum battling fifth-seeded Belmont Abbey.

More information about Friday’s game will be announced Monday, March 9.

UNG’s Tshimanga and Jenkins honored by Peach Belt

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University of North Georgia men’s basketball players Ephraim Tshimanga and KJ Jenkins won major awards at the Peach Belt Conference Awards Banquet, held at Lander on Friday, March 6, prior to the semifinals Saturday, March 7.

Ephraim Tshimanga UNG

Ephraim Tshimanga

In addition to being named third team All-Conference, Tshimanga was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Jenkins was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year for UNG.

Tshimanga led the PBC in steals this season as UNG finished ranked among the PBC’s top five in scoring defense and steals. A senior guard from Acworth, Georgia, his 84 swipes this year is the 13th highest single-season total in PBC history. He also averaged 5.6 rebounds, 11.6 points and 5.5 assists per game. Tshimanga passed the 1,000-point plateau for his career and his 261 career steals is fourth all-time in PBC history. He becomes the first Nighthawk to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

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KJ Jenkins

Jenkins played the final 20 games of this season to begin his collegiate career and made a huge impact with 14.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The redshirt guard from Canton, Georgia, scored 14.5 against league opponents, 12th in the PBC. He scored a career-best 23 in a win over Lander on February 15 and matched it three games later at Georgia College. He scored 20 or more three times during the season with a double-double at Columbus State. He led the PBC in free throw percentage and is 11th in assist-to-turnover ratio. Jenkins is the first UNG men’s basketball player to be named the PBC Freshman of the Year.

UNG’s Sutton named PBC Player of the Year

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Julianne Sutton was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year as the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team was honored as the league runners-up Friday night, March 6, during the Awards Banquet at Lander.

Julianne Sutton Player of the Year

Julianne Sutton

In addition, Kara Groover won the Elite 15 Award presented by EAB, while Sutton and Abbie Franklin were each named All-Conference.

A first team All-Conference honoree, Sutton led the Peach Belt Conference in scoring with 18.3 points per game this season, a number that rose to 19.4 against league opponents.

Kara Groover

Kara Groover

The junior forward from Flowery Branch, Georgia, has scored in double figures in every game so far this year and is third in the league in field goal percentage. A PBC Player of the Week on February 10, Sutton is also sixth in the league in blocks, had four double-doubles and passed 1,000 career points.

UNG Abbie Franklin

Abbie Franklin

She becomes the fourth Nighthawk to be named the PBC Player of the Year, the first since Stephanie Huffman in 2015.

A second team All-Conference winner, Franklin led the Peach Belt Conference in three point shooting at over 41 percent. A junior from Homer, Georgia, she is second on UNG’s squad in scoring at 11.6 points per outing and is second in the league in minutes per game at over 33.5.

Groover is the second Elite 15 Award winner from North Georgia this academic year, joining women’s soccer’s Taylor Malasek.

The junior from Newnan, Georgia, has a 3.91 GPA while majoring in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90, the Elite 15 Award is given at each of the 15 PBC championships to the student-athlete competing in the championship with the highest over cumulative GPA. The honor is the first for the women’s basketball program.

North Georgia will now turn their attention to Clayton State in the semifinals of the conference tournament with tip time set for 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 UNG women’s basketball coasts to quarterfinal win

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UNG University of North Georgia Women's Basketball

Five juniors led the way for the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team Wednesday, March 4, as the No. 16 Nighthawks defeated Augusta, 82-47, in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference tournament at Convocation Center in Dahlonega.

UNG Abbie Franklin

UNG junior Abbie Franklin

Abbie Franklin led the way with 19 points for North Georgia (25-4), which dominated from the opening tip to take a 14-2 lead through the opening four minutes of the game and never looked back.

Franklin continued her great shooting in the month of March, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc in the game.

Imani Arnold and Julianne Sutton each scored 13 points for the Nighthawks, who never let the lead slip below double digits after going up 12-2.

The Nighthawks shot 60 percent from the floor, their best of the season.

Abby Hubert scored 11 points and Kyra Davis contributed 10 off the best for North Georgia, which led by as many as 39 late to advance in the tournament.

North Georgia will take on Clayton State (20-9) in the semifinals beginning at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

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Brian Cunane is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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Brian Cunane

Brian Cunane is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Indians!

Cunane, a junior, had a standout performance last week for Lumpkin Co. (8-16, 4-8 Region 7-3A).

On Friday, Jan. 28, Cunane scored nine points as the Indians defeated North Hall (17-8, 8-4) 57-44 in Dahlonega.

For his efforts, Cunane is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

Lexi Pierce is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

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Lexi Pierce

Lexi Pierce is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians!

Pierce, a freshman guard, led the team in scoring in a win last week for Lumpkin Co. (15-9, 6-6 Region 7-3A).

Against North Hall (17-8, 8-4) on Friday, Jan. 28, in Dahlonega, Pierce scored a team-high 16 points in a 51-36 win that locked up the No. 4 seed for the region tournament.

The Lady Indians will face fifth-seeded Fannin Co. at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, at North Hall in the first round of the region tournament.

For her efforts, Pierce is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

Peyton Polk is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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Peyton Polk

Peyton Polk is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Indians!

Polk, a 6-foot-6 senior guard/forward, was instrumental in both Region 7-AAA games last week for Lumpkin Co. (8-15, 4-7).

Against Greater Atlanta Christian (16-7, 7-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Polk scored a team-high 14 points, while pulling down seven rebounds, in a 74-43 loss in Dahlonega.

On Friday, Jan. 24, Polk had an all-around strong game with nine points, seven rebounds, and five assists in a 55-47 loss to No. 3 Dawson Co. (21-2, 10-0).

For his efforts, Polk is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

Kate Jackson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

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Kate Jackson

Kate Jackson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians!

Jackson, a senior post player, had two standout performances last week for Lumpkin Co. (14-9, 5-6 Region 7-AAA) as the Lady Indians split a pair of region games.

Jackson scored 16 points Tuesday, Jan. 21, as Lumpkin Co. defeated Greater Atlanta Christian (12-11, 8-2) 67-35 in Dahlonega.

On Friday, Jan. 24, Jackson scored a team-high 20 points in a 63-55 loss to Dawson Co. (13-9, 6-4) in Dawsonville.

For her efforts, Jackson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

Nighthawks roll past Clayton State, 77-63

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Zez Steeple

DAHLONEGA – Every University of North Georgia men’s basketball player that saw the floor scored as the Nighthawks pushed past Clayton State Saturday, 77-63, in the UNG Convocation Center.

Clayton State and the Nighthawks went back-and-forth in the first eight minutes of the game before the Lakers pulled away slightly, holding the lead for over 11 minutes in the middle of the first half. With the score at 32-27 in favor of Clayton State with under four to play in the opening stanza, UNG finished the first half on a 12-3 run to take a slight lead headed to halftime.

North Georgia gave up the lead just twice in the second half, both times falling behind by a single possession. The Nighthawks used a 9-0 run in the middle of the second half to put Clayton State away.

NOTES
– Zez Steeple led North Georgia in the scoring column with 15 points off the bench, while KJ Jenkins added 14. Ephraim Tshimanga put up 12 and Lanre Olatunji contributed 10 in 14 minutes of action.
– Ricardo Saams, Jr. led all scorers with 24 points while Bryan Hart added 23 for the Lakers.
– The Nighthawks got 47 points off the bench compared to just three for CSU.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks look to get back to .500 in league play with a Wednesday night matchup at Young Harris. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

AHLONEGA – Every University of North Georgia men’s basketball player that saw the floor scored as the Nighthawks pushed past Clayton State Saturday, 77-63, in the UNG Convocation Center.

Clayton State and the Nighthawks went back-and-forth in the first eight minutes of the game before the Lakers pulled away slightly, holding the lead for over 11 minutes in the middle of the first half. With the score at 32-27 in favor of Clayton State with under four to play in the opening stanza, UNG finished the first half on a 12-3 run to take a slight lead headed to halftime.

North Georgia gave up the lead just twice in the second half, both times falling behind by a single possession. The Nighthawks used a 9-0 run in the middle of the second half to put Clayton State away.

NOTES
– Zez Steeple led North Georgia in the scoring column with 15 points off the bench, while KJ Jenkins added 14. Ephraim Tshimanga put up 12 and Lanre Olatunji contributed 10 in 14 minutes of action.

– Ricardo Saams, Jr. led all scorers with 24 points while Bryan Hart added 23 for the Lakers.

– The Nighthawks got 47 points off the bench compared to just three for CSU.

NEXT UP
The Nighthawks look to get back to .500 in league play with a Wednesday night matchup at Young Harris. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Jacob Cumbie is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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Jacob Cumbie

Jacob Cumbie is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

Cumbie, a senior guard, a three standout games last week for Lumpkin Co. (8-13, 4-5 Region 7-AAA) as the team went 2-0 in region play.

At East Hall (5-13, 1-8) on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Cumbie had a team-high 21 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists as the Indians won a big region game, 64-54.

Cumbie followed that with 12 points, a team-high 11 rebounds, and four assists in a 53-44 region win at Fannin Co. (4-14, 0-9).

Against area-rival White Co. (11-11, 3-6 Region 7-4A) on Saturday, Jan. 18, Cumbie scored 15 points and pulled down three rebounds in the narrow, 45-42 loss.

For his effort, Cumbie is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

Madisyn Echols is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

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Madisyn Echols

Madisyn Echols is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians!

Echols, a senior forward, posted a trio of solid games last week for the Lady Indians (13-8, 4-5 Region 7-AAA).

She started the week with two points and solid defense in a tough, 39-37 loss to East Hall (7-13, 3-6) on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Rabbittown.

On Friday, Jan. 17, she posted six points and good work on the boards in a 53-47 region win against Fannin Co. (13-7, 4-5) in Dahlonega.

Echols rounded out the week with another two points and solid all-around play in a 53-35 home victory over area-rival White Co. (15-7, 7-2 Region 7-4A).

For her efforts, Echols is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Indians!

Patrick Jackson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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Patrick Jackson

Patrick Jackson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lumpkin Co. Indians!

Jackson, a senior guard, tied a team-high with 10 points and five rebounds, while adding three steals, in Lumpkin Co.’s 60-40 loss at North Hall on Friday, Jan. 3, in Gainesville.

Jackson has led Lumpkin Co. (6-11, 2-4 Region 7-AAA) in scoring multiple times this season and has been an integral part of both the offense and defense. This is second time being named the Player of the Week this season.

For his efforts, Jackson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Indians!

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