Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lady Braves Take Down Knights, 73-52

PEMBROKE- Senior JaToya Kemp piloted an impressive drive to the rim to lead UNCP in scoring and key the hosts to a 73-52 victory over visiting St. Andrews, effectively snapping a three-game losing streak on Thursday evening at the English E. Jones Center.

The Lady Braves (4-4) used a combination of relentless scoring and minimal turnovers to defeat the Knights (0-6). Kemp registered a game-high 17 points, four rebounds, a team-high three steals and a pair of blocks as she shot 7-of-10 from the field. Anya Knower knocked down a career-high 10 points while tallying five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Domonique Washington added 12 points and seven rebounds, while DayDay Ray grabbed eight points and pulled down a team-best nine rebounds.

UNCP led the entire game, holding a 10-point lead at the half before exploding to an astounding 27-point lead late in the second half. The Knights came within one point of tying the game early in the first half, but the Black and Gold showed a full-court press to put strain on the Knights’ offense.

UNCP scored 24 point off turnovers, 19 points on second chance shots and 46 more in the paint. St. Andrews found the UNCP defense to be problematic as the visitors were forced to take quick 3-pointers while committing 23 turnovers. Tyler Knight led the Knights with a team-high 13 points and four steals. Natalie Whitman matched a game-high with nine rebounds while also tallying nine points.

“I thought the first half was a struggle, but we picked it up in the second half and did some pretty good things on defense and with our rebounding,” said UNCP head coach John Haskins. “Overall, it is good to get a win and we played simpler making better passes to work the offense which reduced the amount of turnovers.”

The Lady Braves will take 12 days off for the Christmas holiday before returning to the court in the Georgia College Classic tournament to face Wingate (4-2) on December 29 and Newberry (5-2) on December 30. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

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