University of Tampa Women’s Basketball team is ranked 9th nationally in the polls and they just keep winning.

Spartans Take Down North Georgia in Ranked Matchup
University of Tampa Women’s basketball team ranked 9th in the country. Picture from UT Sports information department

On Saturday the No. 9 ranked University of Tampa women’s basketball team continued to roll this time it was against another ranked foe. The Spartans pulled out a hard-fought victory on the road against the No. 22 North Georgia Nighthawks. 

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Final Score:  No. 9 Tampa Spartans 56, No. 22 North Georgia Nighthawks 50

Records: Tampa (10-2, 3-0 SSC), North Georgia (6-2) 

Location: Lynn Cottrell Arena at the UNG Convocation Center | Dahlonega, Ga.

All-Time Series: This was the first meeting between both schools. 



Mya Giusto opened the scoring for the game on the opening possession with a midrange jumper. Kath Van Bennekom and Zoe Piller also contributed points in the paint in the first 5 minutes, but North Georgia took its first lead at the first media timeout with a score of 7-6. The Nighthawks went on an extended 8-0 run which ended with a Giusto long two-point basket. Audrey Ramsey made a three near the end of the quarter but Piller committed 2 fouls as she would deal with foul trouble throughout the afternoon. | Score: 14-11 North Georgia


Vivianne Jende made her first field goal attempt to cut Tampa’s deficit to one point. Carly Fahey knocked down a three-pointer for North Georgia and both teams traded baskets at the seven-minute mark of the quarter to keep the Nighthawks in front. The Spartans regained the lead on a three from Ramsey about halfway through the second quarter. Van Bennekom would expand the advantage to four with a three of her own before a media timeout. A three-pointer from North Georgia’s Livi Blackstock helped the Nighthawks keep the game close as both teams entered halftime tied. | Score: Tied 25-25


Ramsey opened the second half with a midrange jumper. North Georgia took a two-point lead after a corner 3 in the first 90 seconds. Piller recorded consecutive baskets inside the paint to give Tampa a one-point lead at the seven-minute mark of the quarter. The Spartans continued to work their offense through the post as Jende subbed in. The game continued at a back-and-forth pace in a tightly contested game that would continue all the way through. | Score: 42-39 North Georgia


The game featured at least 10 ties and lead changes, with many coming in the fourth quarter. With the score tied with a little over 3:30 to play, Van Bennekom gave the Spartans a two-point advantage on a layup with around three minutes left. North Georgia would knot the score back up at 50 with two minutes left, but a great effort on the offensive glass by Piller grants her foul shots, which she would make one of two attempts. Two three-point attempts didn’t fall for the Nighthawks, forcing them to foul with 24.9 seconds left. Ramsey would only make one of two attempts, keeping it a one-possession game at 52-50 in favor of Tampa. The Spartans defense continued to get stops, and a pair of Giusto foul shots put the game away. | Final: 56-50 Tampa  

UP NEXT: The Spartans will return home for two games in the Tampa Holiday Classic. The first game against Walsh tips off on Monday, Dec. 18 at 12:00 p.m.