DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Augusta University women's basketball team squared off against the No. 11 nationally-ranked North Georgia Nigthhawks on Wednesday afternoon and fell 63-56 in a back-and-forth battle down to the final minutes of the last period.
Augusta (1-7, 0-3 PBC)
No. 11 North Georgia (8-1, 3-0 PBC)
Jaguar junior Cameryn Wilson turned in a season-high 19 points – going 5-for-7 from the three-point line. Senior transfer Kaela Patrick made her Jaguar debut and produced 14 and three rebounds off the bench, while freshman Jaelyn Autman got to the free-throw line for 10 attempts and scored nine points with five rebounds.
Competing for the first time in the brand new UNG Convocation Center on the campus of North Georgia, Augusta trailed 27-23 at halftime. UNG outscored Augusta 15-11 in the first period, but the Jaguars matched 12 points in the second to trail by four at the break.
Augusta had their best 10 minutes of scoring in the third period when they outscored the Nighthawks 21-17. AU stole their first lead of the game with 2:23 to play in the third when Kaela Patrick made a jumper off a Mallory Myers assist for a 40-39 lead. Patrick hit a layup with 6:28 on the clock in the final period to lift Augusta on top 54-50 – their largest lead of the day.
UNG used a late three pointer, a layup, and a pair of free throws to overcome the Jaguars' comeback as the Nighthawks held on for a 63-56 win.
The Jaguars return in 2019 to host Clayton State on Jan 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse.
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