SAVANNAH, Ga. - Armstrong State University junior Machala Raymonville scored a career-high 33 points in helping the Pirates to an 86-72 Peach Belt Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Young Harris College on Wednesday evening at Alumni Arena.
The win pulls the Pirates (6-6, 2-1 PBC) back to .500 on the season, while Young Harris (5-5, 1-2 PBC) falls to .500 on the year with the loss. Armstrong State returns to action on Friday, hosting North Georgia in a 1:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference tilt at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates jumped out to a big lead quickly on the Mountain Lions, scoring 27 first-quarter points and leading by 14 points, 30-16, a minute into the second quarter. Young Harris battled back to erase the deficit just before halftime, but the Pirates' Mercedes Jenkins hit a three-point play with four seconds left in the half to give Armstrong State a 39-38 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Pirates opened on a 15-2 run, building a 14-point lead and never looking back in claiming the victory.
Raymonville bettered her previous career-high of 23 points midway through the third quarter and finished the game hitting 11-of-20 shots from the floor, including 5-of-8 three-pointers and 6-of-8 free throws for her 33 points. Her 33 points are the most for an Armstrong State player since teammate Brigitta Barta hit for 33 against Georgia College on January 19th, 2015, and she is only the fifth Armstrong State player to have a 30+ point outing in the last 10 years, joining Lacey Willis (twice in 2008), Arpine Amirkhanyan (2010), Bryonna Davis (2013) and Barta (3 times in 2014-15).
Jenkins added 14 points and nine assists as well for the Pirates on the day.
Briana Bell led a quartet of Mountain Lions in double figures with 18 points, while Bria Ratliff and Meredith Tarver had 15 points apiece. Jenny Vernet collected a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Armstrong State shot 53 percent in the second half and 48.4 percent for the game (30-of-62) while hitting 10-of-20 three-pointers (50 percent) and 16-of-22 free throws (72.7 percent). Young Harris shot 45.2 percent from the floor (28-of-62) and 40 percent from three-point range (6-of-15) but hit just 10-of-18 free throws (55.6 percent).