DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lander women's basketball team could not cool off hot-shooting North Georgia on Wednesday night as the Bearcats dropped an 85-69 decision. The Bearcats suffered some timely offensive droughts and could not overcome the Nighthawks' 59.3 percent field goal shooting.
Lander (13-5, 8-4 PBC) forced 24 turnovers, but North Georgia (15-2, 10-1 PBC) knocked down eight three-pointers to remain atop the Peach Belt Conference standings with its ninth consecutive win.
Both teams blistered the baskets in the first half, as North Georgia shot 64.0 percent from the field to Lander's 50.0 percent. The half featured six ties and nine lead changes. The Bearcats opened the secon quarter with a 7-0 run featuring four points from Mitchell and a three-pointer from Williams to build a 24-17 advantage with 8:51 left before halftime. However, the Nighthawks answered with a 15-1 run over the ensuing 3:45 and took a slim 41-39 lead into the break.
The North Georgia defense clamped down in the second half. After allowing the Bearcats to score the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Nighthawks held a 48-45 lead following a layup from Breshay Johnson with 6:20 left in the period. UNG did not allow a Bearcat basket for the next 5:03 as the Nighthawks embarked on a 13-4 run to push their lead as high as 14 points. Trailing 64-53 entering the fourth quarter, Lander's first field goal of the period came on a Langford layup at the 7:35 mark as the Bearcats could not chip away at the Nighthawk lead.
Lander is back in action Saturday afternoon as the Bearcats host Augusta at 1:30 in Finis Horne Arena.