College Spotlight: Sticker catches on at UNG
Not long ago, Kaylee Sticker was dominating the prep hoops scene in Northeast Georgia. After becoming the all-time leading scorer at Dawson County (no easy task with the amazing talent that went through Dawsonville), she earned a spot to play at Clemson University, remaining a “Lady Tiger” though changing colors.
The Class of 2019 Dawson standout logged a total of 27 games for Clemson. That included appearing in 22 games as a true freshman in the 2019-20 season. That year, she tallied 51 total points (2.3 per game), 16 rebounds (0.7), and added 7 steals, 3 assists, a block, 15 3-pointers (34%), and shooting 34% overall from the floor. Not bad at all.
Sticker then got in only 5 games in her sophomore year, which COVID altered the normalcy of the season in general. She tallied 7 points in limited action (1.4), 7 rebounds (1.4), 1 assist, 1 steal, and 2 3-pointers (18%) while shooting 17% from the floor.
From there, Sticker headed to Samford University. Though landing a spot on the team, she was unable to play a game while there. That led to her ultimate move following the 2021-22 season to return closer to home to the University of North Georgia.
The move has paid dividends for both Sticker and the UNG women’s basketball team, who have gone 14-3 and 6-2 in Peach Belt Conference play. That has the Lady Nighthawks as one of the top teams in the country (currently ranked #15 nationally). Sticker is a large reason for that success.
The junior has started all 17 games for UNG, and is on the floor for nearly 30 minutes per night. In that time, she averages 11.7 points per game (2nd-most on the team), 6.9 rebounds (2nd), and has 23 assists, 21 steals, 7 blocks, and is shooting 32% from beyond the arc. Overall, she has totals of 199 points, 117 rebounds, and 32 3-pointers made. She has collected 4 double-doubles as well this season, and 2 20-point performances.
For Sticker, UNG has been the perfect fit. And vice versa. The season is still young for the Lady Nighthawks, who have plenty of talent on the roster to make a serious run at a conference title.
Sticker scored 1,656 points in her Dawson County career, which ranks first in school history. She averaged 19.6 points and 6.2 boards in her final year in Dawsonville, eclipsing 30 points 4 different times and scoring in double-figures in 27 of her 31 games played that year. She captured BLITZ Player of the Year honors that season. She also had 500+ rebounds in high school, and recorded over 60 double-doubles. Sticker is in the BLITZ Hall of Fame.