DAHLONEGA, Ga. - The University of North Georgia women's basketball team used an 18-1 run midway through the second half to eliminate Armstrong State University, 75-72, from the Peach Belt Conference tournament quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon in Dahlonega, Ga.
The second seed from the West Division, North Georgia (21-8) advances to face the winner of Lander and Georgia College in the PBC Tournament Semifinals next weekend at a site to be determined. Armstrong sees its season come to a close with a 13-14 record.
Armstrong started off the first half hot from the floor, getting 14 points from Brigitta Barta and 10 points from Alexia Somerset en route to a 37-28 halftime lead. The Pirates hit 15-of-36 shots from the floor in the first half (41.7 percent) while also hitting 3-of-7 three-pointers and making all four of their foul shots.
The Pirates stretched the lead to 10 points on two occasions in the second half, the last coming off of a Barta layup with 12:11 remaining which gave Armstrong a 53-43 lead. North Georgia embarked on their 18-1 run over the next six minutes, capped by a Jordan Livesay three-pointer that put the Nighthawks ahead, 61-54, with just over six minutes to go.
Armstrong would get within two after a three-pointer from Dee Hayward with two seconds left on the clock, but the Pirates would not be able get the ball back as the game ended.
Barta hit 10-of-20 shots from the floor, including 1-of-2 three-pointers as well as all seven of her free throws for her game-high 28 points. She also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds on the day. Somerset finished with 14 points and Shermika Harris chipped in 12 points for the Pirates.
North Georgia, who shot 58.6 percent from the floor in the second half (17-of-29), was led by 17 points from Kaylee Akin off the bench and 16 points from Kelsey Hutchins. Cierra Jackson added 12 points and Stephanie Huffman chipped in 11 points.