(Winthrop-King Center, Rome, Georgia) – In a rematch of a 2011 road loss to Auburn University feeder school, Southern Union, the new look Lady Bobcats launched an attack from long-range Friday afternoon to find redemption against the Lady Bison at the buzzer, 71-70.
Freshman Georgia Northwestern sharpshooter Sierra Smith (Armuchee) found her rhythm from beyond the arc once again. Going six-of-13 from three-point range, Smith’s biggest two shots found their mark in the final ten seconds of the game.
The first bomb hit with only nine seconds to go with Smith connecting and picking up the “and-one.” A miss on the free-throw turned into an offensive possession for the Lady Cats. Then, a Mariah Price (Chattooga) screen from outside, one which would have made the NFL’s Brian Urlacher proud, helped carve out the game-winning three-point shot from Smith on the right wing.
Three-of-five shooting from outside by Smith in the first-half kept the game close going into the intermission. The Lady Bison took a four-point lead into break, 35-31. Smith led the way with 11 going into hafltime.
“If we get it to you, you have to put up the shot,” said Georgia Northwestern Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jim Williams to Lady Cats shooting guards Smith and sophomore Emily Cole in the locker room at the half.
It turns out they listened.
Georgia Northwestern’s win over the Lady Bison is the college’s first-ever win over a Division I program in the NJCAA.
The Lady Cats (6-5) close things out before the Christmas break with a charity match against Mid-South College at the Rossville Athletic Complex (The R.A.C.) in Rossville, Georgia. On December 11, both the men and women varsity teams from Georgia Northwestern will take part in the college’s Toy Drive games. Get a free admission with every new toy donated to the drive at the gate. All donations will go to North Georgia’s Stocking Full of Love Toy Drive held every year at the holidays.
Georgia Northwestern is a member of NJCAA’s Region XVII and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. The Lady Cats are the NJCAA’s Region XVII defending champions.
Georgia Northwestern (71) – Parks 7, Jones 5, Daughtry 2, Cole, Alyssa Nichelson 13, Flaherty, Sierra Smith 20, Mariah Price 12, Mostella 5, Person 67
Southern Union (70) – Stewart, Eisha Person 24, Sulia Gilley 10, Hornsby 3, Lorita George 13, Lovvrom 4, Jackita George 12, Green 4
Halftime Score: 35-31, Southern Union.