REGIONAL CHAMPIONS!!! No. 5 women’s basketball rallies late to beat No. 11 Lander

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DAHLONEGA – After leading by 13 at halftime and seeing that lead disappear, the No. 5 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team weren’t ready to see their season come to a close, rallying back and scoring with 20 seconds left on the clock to take the lead and beat Lander by a 59-57 score Monday night in the Southeast Regional Championship.

North Georgia came out with the early advantage in a back-and-forth first quarter before stretching the lead out to as many as 14 prior to halftime. Lander battled back, outscoring the Nighthawks 25-7 in the third quarter to take a five point lead into the final quarter.

The Bearcats led nearly the entire fourth quarter, but UNG fought back, going on a 7-0 run over the last three minutes, including seeing Julianne Sutton get a put back layup with 20 seconds left to take the lead. After hitting a pair of free throws, North Georgia had to defend a good look from three for the Bearcats at the buzzer to advance to the second Elite Eight in program history.

NOTES
– Jamari McDavid was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after a team high 20 points in the championship game. She averaged 19.3 points per contest in the tournament. Sutton was also named to the All-Tournament Team after finishing Monday with a third straight double-double, going for 17 points and 11 rebounds.

– This was the fourth straight regional final that North Georgia has been in and the third straight against Lander.

– UNG finishes the season with a home record of 18-1.

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North Georgia will play in the Elite Eight Monday against a team to be named after the final eight are reseeded Tuesday morning. Stay tuned to UNGAthletics.com for all of the updates as they are released.

No. 9 UNG holds off Columbus State in PBC women’s semifinal, 89-78

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DAHLONEGA – After jumping out to a big lead, the No. 9 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team had to hold off a late Columbus State frenzy to win the PBC semifinal Saturday, 89-78.

North Georgia bursted out of the gates, leading 21-9 after one quarter and by as many as 26 points early in the second half before the Cougars fought back, trimming the lead down to eight points at the end of the third period.

The Nighthawks would outscore CSU, but the Cougars got the lead down to five midway through the fourth before North Georgia pulled away late.

NOTES
– Julianne Sutton put up a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while Jamari McDavid scored 17. Josie Earnhardt and Caroline Martin scored 15 and 11, respectively.

– North Georgia shot nearly 51 percent from the floor and hit 24-of-28 free throws.

– Columbus State’s Amber Abusbeih scored a game high 30 points.

– Clayton State upset No. 6 Lander in the other semifinal, 71-64.

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The Nighthawks will battle the Lakers tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the PBC Championship.

Sutton, Burson Earn Major Awards; Three women basketball players named to All-Conference team

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – The University of North Georgia women’s basketball program was well represented on the Peach Belt Conference postseason awards list as Julianne Sutton earned Co-Player of the Year honors and Buffie Burson was named Coach of the Year. Additionally, Sutton and Caroline Martin earned first team All-Conference honors, while Abbie Franklin was tabbed to the second team.

A senior forward from Flowery Branch, Georgia, Sutton, along with Lander’s Makaila Cangé, becomes the sixth player in PBC history to repeat as the PBC Player of the Year and the first to do so in non-consecutive seasons. This year, she became the only player in PBC history to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds and is currently fourth all time in career points and seventh in career rebounds. Sutton is currently ranked seventh in the PBC in scoring, fourth in rebounding, second in field goal percentage and fifth in free throw percentage.

In her 27th season at North Georgia, Burson led the Nighthawks to the PBC regular-season championship this year, their fourth regular-season title overall and third in the last five years. Her team is the No. 1 seed and host of this week’s PBC Tournament where they are the defending champions and are trying to win their fourth tournament title in five seasons. UNG has been nationally ranked in every WBCA poll this season, rising as high as No. 4 in the nation and among the top 10 for seven weeks; UNG is also ranked atop in the NCAA Southeast Region poll. The Nighthawks lead the PBC in scoring defense, made three-pointers, rebound margin and is ranked in the top three in scoring margin, field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage. She wins the PBC Coach of the Year honor for the fourth time, the most ever among women’s basketball coaches.

Martin is second on the team in scoring at 15 points per contest and shoots at a 41 percent clip from beyond the three point line. Last year’s Freshman of the Year, she is an All-Conference honoree for the second time in her career after being named to the Third Team last year.

Franklin averages 8.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. She leads the league in assist/turnover ratio at 2.6, nearly a full assist more than the closest player, and is second in the conference in assists per contest at 5.6. She also plays the third most minutes per game in the league. A preseason All-Conference honoree this year, Franklin was named to the 2019-20 All-Conference second team and also won Freshman of the Year honors in 2017-18.

North Georgia will take on Columbus State Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside the Convocation Center in the PBC semifinals. Tickets are on sale through the Peach Belt Conference website.

No. 8 UNG women cruise past Georgia College

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The No. 8 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team kept its winning streak alive with a 58-38 win over Georgia College on the road Saturday afternoon.

North Georgia led wire-to-wire after Abbie Franklin and Josie Earnhardt hit back-to-back threes to give the Nighthawks a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the contest. UNG would open the game on a 13-2 run and stretched the lead to 14 by halftime.

Georgia College responded in the third quarter by trimming the lead to nine with just over five minutes to play in the period, but UNG answered with a quick 8-0 run to extend the lead back out to 17 and cruised from that point to the 20 point win.

NOTES
– Julianne Sutton recorded another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Earnhardt added 13, while Anna Claire Atha had 10.

– Franklin pulled down a career high 14 rebounds, all coming on the defensive glass.

– Georgia College shot just 24 percent from the floor.

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The Nighthawks welcome Flagler to Dahlonega on Monday with tip time scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

UNG women stun No. 3 Lander, 69-68

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DAHLONEGA – The top-15 matchup did not disappoint as the No. 13 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team won an instant classic over No. 3 Lander in the latest chapter of the rivalry, 69-68, Saturday afternoon inside the UNG Convocation Center.

The Nighthawks jumped out to a 10-0 advantage early on and held on to the lead for much of the contest. At one point, UNG held a 34-20 lead midway through the second quarter before the Bearcats started to battle back.

Turning up the heat defensively, Lander inched back before finally taking their first lead of the contest with 5:16 to play at 61-60. With the game going back and forth for the final five minutes, the Bearcats, leading 68-64, surrendered the last five points to North Georgia, putting a seventh straight win on the board for UNG.

NOTES
– Despite fouling out of the game, Julianne Sutton led UNG in the points column, netting 19 points. Caroline Martin added 14, 12 of which came from the charity stripe where she finished the day perfect. Kayla Massop was a rebound short of a double-double off the bench, tallying 11 points and nine boards.

– UNG hit 20 out of their 22 made free throws with both misses coming in the final second of the game.

– The Nighthawks turned 20 Bearcat turnovers into 20 points.

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North Georgia will hit the road for the first time in 2022 with a Wednesday evening trot down to Clayton State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

Sutton, Martin lead No. 4 Nighthawks to 87-71 win

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Four Nighthawks finished in double figures as the No. 5 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team claimed an 87-71 win over Montevallo Saturday afternoon on the final day of the UNG Nighthawk Classic.

Josie Earnhardt hit back-to-back threes to get the game started for UNG, but the Falcons battled back, hitting five of their first seven from beyond the arc to claw back into the game, taking the lead at 19-18 late in the first period. North Georgia answered with a 9-0 run to end the first and start the second, never looking back.

The Nighthawks led by as many as 17 in the second half, but Montevallo trimmed the lead to 70-66 with five minutes to play before UNG finished on a 17-5 run to claim the win.

NOTES
– Julianne Sutton notched her 22nd career double-double with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Caroline Martin scored 20 points, while Abbie Franklin put up 17. Earnhardt finished with 15 points on five made threes.

– UNG was 12-for-36 from distance.

– North Georgia has not lost a game in the Nighthawk Classic since falling to then-No. 3 Carson-Newman in the 2018 iteration of the tournament.

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UNG will hit the road Tuesday to take on West Georgia. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

Second-half outburst lifts UNG women past Emaunel, 74-56

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DAHLONEGA – After a slow start saw the No. 6 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team trailing at halftime, the Nighthawks turned it around, outscoring Emmanuel 41-20 in the second half on the way to a 74-56 win Saturday on the final day of the Peach Belt / Conference Carolinas Challenge.

Emmanuel and North Georgia were in a back-and-forth affair in the first half that saw the Lions out in front, 36-33, after a buzzer beating three pointer from Jazmin Allen. In the second half, it was all UNG as the Nighthawks went on a 17-2 run that spanned most of the fourth quarter on the way to the win.

NOTES

– UNG has never lost in the Peach Belt / Conference Carolinas Challenge since its inception at the start of the 2014-15 season, going 14-0 in the event.

– Josie Earnhardt and Julianne Sutton each had a team-high 17 points on the day. Sutton pulled down eight rebounds, while Earnhardt hit five of her 11 three point attempts.

– The Nighthawk bench outscored Emmanuel’s reserves, 30-7.

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North Georgia will hit the road for the first time this season as they travel to Benedict Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tipoff.

 

Nighthawks picked to finish 2nd in PBC; Franklin, Sutton named preseason All Conference

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 AUGUSTA, Ga. – The No. 6 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team was picked to finish second in the Peach Belt, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon in its preseason preview. In addition, seniors Abbie Franklin and Julianne Sutton were named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.

A senior guard from Homer, Georgia, Franklin is a two-time PBC All-Conference selection, including a first-team All-Conference honor last season. She averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season and was ranked second in the PBC in total assists and 16th in steals. Franklin was also ranked fourth in the league in three-pointers made and sixth in three-point field goal percentage. She has scored over 1,000 career points with over 400 career assists and 150 career steals and is currently sixth on the PBC’s all-time list in career made three-pointers with 217.

A senior forward from Flowery Branch, Georgia, Sutton is a three-time PBC All-Conference selection including first-team All-Conference the last two years. The 2019-20 PBC Player of the Year, she led the team and was ranked sixth in the PBC with 16.1 ppg last season and is currently 12th on the PBC’s all-time scoring list with 1,705 career points. Sutton has scored 20 or more points seven times last year with a season-high 30 against Union in the NCAA Tournament, and she ranked sixth in the PBC in rebounding, second in field goal percentage, eighth in free throw percentage and 15th in blocks.

Joining the two Nighthawks on the Preseason All-Conference team was Flagler’s Tori Pearce and Lander’s Zamiya Passmore and Makaila Cange.

North Georgia was picked second in the preseason poll, claiming three first place votes. Lander was the favorite to win after earning seven first place votes and 79 total points. UNG had 75 points, followed by Clayton State (62), Georgia Southwestern (51) and Augusta (50).

UNG will open the 2021-22 season Friday, November 12, at home against Lees-McRae as part of the Peach Belt/Conference Carolinas Challenge. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.

 

UNG defeats Union 66-58 in South Regional semifinal

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DAHLONEGA – Julianne Sutton scored 30 points as the No. 3 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team took down No. 15 Union in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II South Regional Saturday evening, 66-58.
Union jumped out to an early 8-2 advantage and led 10-7 before the Nighthawks went on an 11-0 run in the first quarter. Both teams traded buckets throughout the second period as UNG led 32-30 at the half.
North Georgia started the second half on a 10-4 run, but the Lady Bulldogs answered at the beginning of the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 54-54. With the game at 58-56 in favor of North Georgia, Sutton dished out to Abbie Franklin for a three pointer from the left corner that pushed the lead back out to two possessions.
NOTES
– Sutton’s 30 point performance was the third of her career. It’s the 33rd time that she has scored 20 or more in a game, finishing just one rebound shy of her 21st career double-double.
– Union’s Jalencia Williams had her second double-double of the regional with a 25 point, 10 rebound performance.
– North Georgia forced 15 Union turnovers while only committing six.
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North Georgia will take on the winner of No. 5 Lander and No. 12 Valdosta State Monday evening at 6 p.m. with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line.

Sutton named to Academic All-District team

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DAHLONEGA – University of North Georgia women’s basketball player Julianne Sutton was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Team Thursday, as announced by the association.

Sutton becomes the third women’s basketball player all-time to be named to the All-District team, joining Stephanie Huffman and Deana Blankinship. The junior from Flowery Branch, Georgia, currently leads the Peach Belt in scoring at 18.6 points per game and is third in field goal percentage. She sports a 3.38 GPA while majoring in Kinesiology, Health & Fitness.

Sutton is the only Peach Belt member on the All-District team, joining Carson-Newman’s Kayla Marosites, Anderson’s Alexy Mollenhauer and Belmont Abbey’s Allie Downing and Maria Kuhlman on the team.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First-, second- and third-team (if applicable) Academic All-America honorees will be announced between March 10.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the links above, and are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

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UNG rolls past Columbus State, 72-54

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COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 15 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team jumped out to a quick 16-point lead on their way to a 72-54 win over Columbus State Wednesday evening.

After the Cougars scored the first basket of the game, UNG answered with an 18-0 run. CSU cut the lead down to as few as six in the latter stages of the first half, but North Georgia answered each time to keep the game at a three-possession game going to halftime.

The Nighthawks quickly stretched the lead back to double figures in the second half, pulling away to as many as 20 down the stretch.

NOTES

– Kara Groover notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards, while Julianne Sutton led the way with 19 points. Abbie Franklin contributed 13 points.

– The Nighthawks hit seven three-pointers, while Columbus State did not hit a shot outside of the arc.

– UNG had 22 points off 19 Cougar turnovers.

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The Nighthawks will battle Lander in a matchup of the league’s best two teams Saturday inside the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

UNG women spoil UNC Pembroke upset bid, 66-62

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Down 16 points with 7:33 to play, the No. 17 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team finished the game on a 28-8 run to defeat UNC Pembroke, 66-62, Saturday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

The Braves took advantage of a 25-10 second quarter where the Nighthawks went 1-for-9 from the floor and 0-for-4 from distance. UNCP was able to keep their lead in the third quarter and extended a 10-point lead after the third quarter to 16 with three straight buckets to start the final period.

The Nighthawks stormed back, using full court pressure to force multiple UNCP turnovers as UNG took its first lead of the second half with 59 seconds to play. North Georgia held on to the lead the rest of the way to clinch its 24th straight win inside the friendly confines of the Convocation Center.

NOTES

– Julianne Sutton notched a career-high 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor. She was the only Nighthawk to score in double figures.

– North Georgia had 21 offensive rebounds, turning them into 19 second chance points.

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The Nighthawks hit the road to Columbus State on Wednesday. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.

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UNG women rally to beat Clayton State, 68-60

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DAHLONEGA – A 10-0 run over the final 3:12 pushed the No. 14 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team past Clayton State in come-from-behind fashion, 68-60, Saturday afternoon inside the UNG Convocation Center.

Clayton State jumped out to a quick 14-4 lead before North Georgia answered with a 15-4 run of their own to take their first lead at 20-18 early in the second quarter. The Lakers would then score the next seven points to take the lead, one that they would hold on to until halftime.

In the second half, Clayton State got their lead to as many as eight in the third quarter, but the Nighthawks answered with a 12-0 run to retake the lead early in the fourth quarter. The two teams went back-and-forth, but the final 10-0 run was enough to give UNG the win.

NOTES

– After giving up nine offensive boards in the first half, UNG gave up just two in the second half.

– Julianne Sutton led all scorers with a season-high 25 points to go with 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the year. She has now scored double figures in 22 straight games dating back to the NCAA opening round game a year ago.

– Abbie Franklin added 17 points, playing 39 minutes in the contest.

– UNG is now 27-1 inside the Convocation Center, winning 22 straight.

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North Georgia hits the road for the first Battle of Blood Mountain matchup of the season on Wednesday at Young Harris. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

 

 

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No. 10 UNG women beat Georgia College, 65-48

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DAHLONEGA – Julianne Sutton led all scorers with 21 points as the No. 10 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team led wire-to-wire to beat Georgia College, 65-47, Saturday afternoon.

The game was tied just once at 5-5 after UNG scored the first five points of the game followed by the Bobcats’ five points. North Georgia went on a 7-2 run to take a lead through to the second quarter. After extending the lead to as many as 17 points before halftime, the Nighthawks kept the lead in double figures despite being outscored in the third quarter.

North Georgia responded in the fourth quarter, putting up 19 points in the period to earn the sixth Peach Belt win of the season.

NOTES
– Sutton ended one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring in double figures for the 18th straight game. She has had double digit points in 32 of the last 33 games.

– Abbie Franklin scored 17 points, hitting five three pointers on six attempts. Chloe Savage added 14 points off the bench, while Kyra Davis contributed 10.

– The Nighthawks had 40 points in the paint while holding GC to just 18 points inside.

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North Georgia takes on Columbus State at home Wednesday night with tip time set for 5:30 p.m.

 

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Sutton nets 21 as UNG women rout UNC Pembroke 59-45

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PEMBROKE, N.C. – Julianne Sutton finished with a game-high 21 points as the No. 12 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team closed out 2019 with a 59-45 win on the road at UNC Pembroke Saturday afternoon.

Abbie Franklin got things started with an opening possession three pointer, but the Braves would score the next five to take their only lead of the contest. From there, North Georgia went on a 13-0 run spanning the majority of the first quarter to put a sizable margin on the scoreboard.

The Nighthawk lead would get up to as many as 16 in the fourth quarter after the Braves cut the lead down to as few as six in the third before UNG pulled away for the win.

NOTES

  • Sutton now sits at 995 career points after her 21-point outing. She also has pulled down 486 rebounds over her two-and-a-half year career;
  • Franklin finished a rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 12 points with nine rebounds;
  • All eight Nighthawks that saw action ended with points in the scoring column.

The 10-1 start to the season is the best since the 2016-17 season when UNG started 12-1.

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The Nighthawks will take the floor again after the start of 2020 when Flagler comes to Dahlonega on January 4. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. inside the UNG Convocation Center.

 

 

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No. 11 Nighthawks hold off No. 20 Carson-Newman 67-62

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — After trailing by four at the break, the No. 11 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team went on a 12-4 run to start the third quarter and made the lead hold up as they took down No. 20 Carson-Newman, 67-62, Saturday in the North Georgia Classic.

The Nighthawks and Eagles traded baskets through much of the first half with C-N pulling out in front late in the half. Neither team shot the ball well in the first two stanzas, shooting a combined 17-of-62 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The offense heated up though for UNG in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles by 11 in the frame and shooting 9-for-11 from the floor in the period. The lead was as many as 12 in the fourth quarter, but Carson-Newman did not go quietly, forcing North Georgia to make free throws late to clinch the win.

NOTES
– North Georgia was led by four players in double figures, including Abbie Franklin who finished with a team-high 19 points. Julianne Sutton added 17, Kara Groover contributed 12 and Kyra Davis had 10 in the win.

– C-N’s Kayla Marosites finished with a game-high 23 points after being held scoreless in the first half.

– The Nighthawks were outscored in every quarter but the third.

– In the other game of the classic Saturday, Life upset Clayton State, 61-60.

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North Georgia will have a week before taking the floor again when they travel to Belmont Abbey next Saturday.

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