The Georgia Regents women jumped out to a second-half lead and held it to finish the payback upset of a conference power.
The Jaguars knocked off No. 19 North Georgia 67-54 on Saturday at Christenberry Fieldhouse.
Georgia Regents played steady defense throughout the game to hand the Nighthawks their first Peach Belt Conference loss this season, and just their second overall.
The win served as revenge for the Jaguars after they were eliminated from the last season’s conference tournament in the quarterfinals by North Georgia.
“We hadn’t played well the last two times out, and we lost in overtime to Flagler last time, so I’m happy with how we looked mentally,” coach Nate Teymer said.
It marked the first Jaguar win over a nationally-ranked opponent since beating USC Aiken last season.
North Georgia (11-2, 6-1 Peach Belt) entered averaging 84.2 points per game, sparked by 50 percent shooting as a team. Georgia Regents (8-6, 4-3) limited the Nighthawks to 35 percent shooting, ending their 10-game winning streak.
“We knew we had to hustle and put in hard work,” senior guard Becky Newhouse said. “The win is a momentum changer. It should help us build confidence.”
Jemimah Ashby led Georgia Regents with 20 points while adding five rebounds and five assists. Newhouse had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kelsey Fynaardt added 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Jaguars led 32-28 at halftime. They expanded their lead and held their largest advantage at 19 points, 65-46, with 3:49 left.
“We contested shots and kept a hand in their faces,” Teymer said. “We were able to limit them to one shot attempt and avoided giving them second-chance opportunities.”