GREENWOOD, S.C. ­– Caroline Martin helped the No. 15 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team find its groove in a 76-66 win over Lander in their road Peach Belt Conference matchup. Martin tallied 25 points, adding nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. The Nighthawks were able to answer after a hot start shooting for Lander in the first half threatened an upset.
Kayla Massop finished second on the team in scoring with 15 points and led the team on the glass with 12 rebounds, recording her second consecutive double-double. Josie Earnhardt made four of UNG’s seven three-point made field goals, with Martin making the other three. Earnhardt finished with 14 points in the game. Carly Fahey continued to find her teammates recording seven assists in the game.

Key Moments

  • The first five minutes of the game were slow for both sides, with Lander (3-9, 0-3 PBC) holding a 9-4 advantage at the 5:07 mark.
  • North Georgia (11-2, 3-1 PBC) and Lander found their rhythm in the first quarter’s final five minutes, finishing with a 23-19 advantage for Lander.
  • The Nighthawks pulled within two points three separate times in the second quarter. A jumper made by Martin made it a 39-37 game. Neither team would score for the rest of the first half.
  • North Georgia made their defensive stand in the third quarter holding LU to just eight points. The Nighthawks took a 47-45 lead with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter and holding that lead for the rest of the game.
  • UNG would outscore LU 8-3 in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, bringing the lead to 11.
  • North Georgia would stretch the lead to as large as 16 points taking a 74-58 lead with 1:11 left in the game.

Next Up

The Nighthawks return home to Lynn Cottrell Arena at the UNG Convocation Center for a midweek matchup versus Clayton State on Wednesday (Jan. 11) at 5:30 p.m.