DAHLONEGA, Ga. --
North Georgia's Syretha Marble scored a game-high 29 points
to lead the Lady Saints to an 82-73 Peach Belt Conference victory
over Augusta State Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hall.
The loss was the eighth straight for the Lady Jags (3-11, 1-6 PBC), who were paced by junior forward Nicole Mealing's 22 points. NGCSU, which snapped a nine-game losing streak of its own, improved to 4-10 overall and 1-6 in the PBC.
Mealing grabbed 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year, while junior forward Porsha White booked her third double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.
Whitney Randolph netted 18 for the Lady Saints, while Meredith Montgomery chipped in 12 and Alyssa Stokes added 10. Marble also notched nine rebounds and five steals.
NGCSU shot 50.9 percent from the field and held ASU to just 36.6 percent shooting. The Lady Jags won the rebounding edge 38-30 and forced 27 Lady Saints' turnovers, registering a season-high 16 steals.
North Georgia led 30-27 at the half and scored the first 10 points of the second half to take a 40-27 lead at the 16:52 mark. The Lady Saints then went ahead by 14 after a Marble three-point play with 11:04 remaining.
ASU answered with a 13-5 run to get within six on a Mealing 3-pointer with 7:50 to go. But the Lady Saints immediately countered with layups from Marble and Randolph to push their lead back to 10 with five minutes to play.
The Lady Jags got layups from Mealing and White to close within six, and Mealing connected on her third trey of the second half with 46 seconds left to cut the ASU deficit to 72-68.
North Georgia responded with two Lindsey Kitchens free throws and an Alyssa Stokes layup to push its lead back to 76-68 with :32 left. Eboni Davis drained a 3-pointer to get ASU within five with 23 seconds to play, but North Georgia iced the game with four straight free throws.
The Lady Jags take on 18th-ranked USC Aiken on Monday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the USCA Convocation Center.
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