Women’s hoops advance to Sweet 16 in NCAA Tournament

Senior Deana Blankinship shot a perfect 12-for-12 from the field as the No. 24 UNG women’s basketball team clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament by winning the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, 76-60, March 4 in the UNG Convocation Center.

The Nighthawks advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as the No. 3 seed, defeating sixth-seeded Barton College in the opening round, 81-76, March 9 in Jefferson City, Tennessee.

After trailing for most of the evening, junior Amber Skidgel hit a three pointer as time expired to give the No. 16 Nighthawks a 78-75 win over No. 20 Wingate in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional semifinals March 10 at Carson-Newman’s Holt Fieldhouse.

The Nighthawks season ended March 12 with a hotly contested matchup against Carson-Newman University in its home court, falling 75-71 to the top-seeded Eagles in the Southeast Regional Championship. The Nighthawks record for the season ended at 29-5.