Nighthawks fly to No. 1 in PBC with win over Flagler

The University North Georgia women’s basketball team moved to No. 1 in the Peach Belt Conference after defeating the Flagler College Saints 66-56 Monday, Jan. 15 at Memorial Hall in Dahlonega. Both teams had the same record in PBC play and were fighting for the No. 1 spot.

“It was just a big game, we were both playing for No. 1 right now,” North Georgia head coach Buffie Burson said. “They had beaten us in December and they were the more aggressive team. We just felt like today, that was going to be super important to us, to be the aggressor.”

In the third quarter, the Saints climbed their way back from a 33-24 deficit, by way of a 6-0 run. Tabitha Odabe, a 6’5 center for Flagler, recorded 11 blocks, seven of which came in the first half, playing a big role in Flagler’s attempt to climb back into the game.

UNG guard Vanessa Agrusa attacks basket with two Flagler defenders in her face. (Photo by Marcus Etienne)

At the end of the third quarter UNG was up 47-45. In the fourth quarter the Saints took the lead with a 50-49 score. The Nighthawks reclaimed their lead when Deana Blankinship was fouled and sank both of their free throws to make it a 51-50 UNG lead. North Georgia went on a 6-0 run using fast breaks to take Oadabe out of the game.

“We tried to do it on our defensive end really,” Skidgel said. “We know transition is our game so we were trying to get the ball on defense and push it up, because [Oadabe] was having a hard time getting back. We were just trying to score on transition instead of trying to set plays.”

UNG controlled the court for the rest of game, and won by 10.

“I think we just came out here with more energy, I think that is what really won us the game,” Skidgel said. “The whole time we were encouraging each other and just try to push down their throats.”

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Marcus Etienne is a writer for the UNG Vanguard. He is a Media Studies major at the University of North Georgia.

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