UNCP Hoops To Face North Georgia In PBC Tilt
PEMBROKE – The UNCP basketball teams will hit the road for a Peach Belt Conference doubleheader on Thursday evening against North Georgia in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium in Dahlonega, Ga. The women's game is scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game slated for an approximate 7:30 p.m. start time.
The Lady Braves (5-8, 2-3 PBC) return to action on the road against the Lady Saints (7-4, 2-1) after snapping their four-game losing streak in conference action against Montevallo. UNCP used a nine-point victory over the Lady Falcons and three players in double-digit scoring to grab the 58-49 win on Saturday. Senior Domonique Washington led the Black and Gold with a game-high 18 points as she was 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from the foul line.
UNCP registered an overall 40.8 percent shooting from the field including a 47.8 percent shooting in the second half. Junior Amelia Partin posted her career-high in scoring with 14 points, while junior Courtney Bolton added 12 points. Freshman Jazmine Kemp pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, and senior DeDe Cotten tallied five assists, one block and two steals.
Bolton leads the Black and Gold with an average of 12.8 points per game and has turned in a 55.6 percent field goal percentage, while Washington chips in 10.7 points per game, leads the team with 3.9 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Most recently, the North Georgia women's basketball team clinched a 12-point victory over Augusta State, 57-45, after bouncing back from a tough loss to Clayton State on January 3. The Lady Saints controlled the pace from the opening tip, stretching their lead to as many as 17 points in the second half. North Georgia is led by Jaymee Cames who averages 27.2 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game. The squad tallies both a higher scoring margin (+10.3) and rebounding average (+0.9) than its opponents.
UNCP and North Georgia have split each of the 12 previous meetings in the series. The Black and Gold will bring a two-game winning-streak into the game after Cotten notched a career-high 22 points to lead the Lady Braves to a 77-68 victory last season in Dahlonega.
On the heels of their first misfortune in nearly a month, the Braves (10-5, 4-1) will look to rebound from their first league setback of the season as well in the form of a 74-69 home loss to Montevallo on Saturday. The result snapped a seven-game PBC regular season winning streak, while also putting an end to a seven-game home winning skein for the Black & Gold as well. North Georgia (7-6, 2-1) suffered its first league loss of the season on Saturday as well with a 72-53 defeat at Augusta State.
Despite having its four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, the Braves continue to keep pace in the league in both field goal percentage (49.3, 2nd) and free throw percentage (72.1, 3rd), while also boasting one of the PBC's best rebounding clubs (+6.7/game). Over the last 10 games, the Braves have averaged better than 84 points per contest thanks to nearly 52 percent shooting from the field. UNCP has canned at least 50 percent of its shots in six of those 10 games as well, including 62 percent efforts against both Shawnee State and Armstrong Atlantic.
North Georgia has dropped five of its last eight contests, but has won five of its six contests inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium this season. The Saints rank fourth among league leaders in rebounding margin (+5.7), but are listed 12th in the PBC in 3-point percentage (31.4) and 11th in blocks per game (3.1). The Saints also rank in the bottom third of the league with a 41.7 percent success rate from the field (11th). North Georgia also ranks last in assists per game (11.5).
Forwards Clarence Tillman and Scott Windom are tied for fourth among PBC individual leaders with an 18.2 points per game scoring average, while Pat Moynihan chips in 10.9 points per outing as well. Windom and Tillman rank 1-2 in the rebounding column as well for the Saints with 8.0 and 6.8 rebounds an outing, respectively. Windom has also been the go-to guy on the perimeter as well, nailing 1.9 treys an outing. Chaun Tinney averages 5.5 points and a team-best 3.2 assists per game.
North Georgia has captured eight of the previous 10 meetings in the series and are 5-1 all-time against the Braves in Dahlonega. Each of the previous three meetings in Memorial Hall have been decided by a single bucket, including two overtime contests. North Georgia used a pair of free throws in the final two seconds to book a 72-70 win over visiting UNCP last season.