UNCP’s Late Rally Not Enough To Defeat Newberry
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Plagued by the lowest shooting percentage from the field yet this season, UNCP was unable to capture the victory against Newberry, 57-50, on Thursday in the Georgia College Classic Tournament in the Centennial Center in Milledgeville, Ga.
DayDay Ray registered a team-high 12 points for UNCP (4-6) while Kristen Hobbs and DeDe Cotten each collected eight points apiece. Anya Knower and Ray each grabbed nine rebounds while Cotten tallied eight rebounds and Illya Hunt led with a team-best five assists.
Helen McKinney led Newberry (6-3) with a game-high 20 points to help the Wolves trample on the Lady Braves. Jessica Bearzatto tallied nine points and a matched game-high five assists as Leanne Watson and Ellie Gleeson led the Wolves with nine and seven rebounds, respectively.
The Wolves took and 11-point run over the Lady Braves to start the game until Domonique Washington drilled two free throws to put UNCP on the scoreboard at the 14:19 mark. Newberry extended its lead to 24 points until Cotton grabbed the offensive rebound off a missed shot by Talena Faison and put back the second-chance shot at the half-time buzzer. Newberry extended its lead to 25 points before the Black and Gold began its comeback in the second-half. The Lady Braves came within five points at the 1:20 mark but were unable use the late rally to defeat the Wolves.
The Lady Braves shot a combined 24.6 percent in field goal shooting improved from 17.4 percent at the half but managed to out-rebound the Wolves, 51-to-46. Newberry tallied only seven turnovers compared to UNCP's 12.
UNCP returns in the New Year to the English E. Jones Center on Sunday for a Peach Belt Conference matchup against Francis Marion (6-2). Tip-off has been slated for 1:30 p.m. with the men's game following at 3:30 p.m. Admission prices are $6 for adults and $2 for children 18 years of age and younger. UNCP student are admitted free with a valid Braves Card.