UNC Pembroke Ousts Host Columbus State 66-48

UNC Pembroke Ousts Host Columbus State 66-48

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The UNC Pembroke women’s basketball team shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half en route to a 66-48 upset victory over host Columbus State University in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament at the Frank G. Lumpkin Center.

UNC Pembroke, the fourth seed in the East, improves to 16-11 overall, while Columbus State, the second seed in the West, drops to 16-10. The Lady Braves advance to play No. 9 USC Aiken, a 63-55 winner over Montevallo, in Saturday’s 4 p.m. semifinal. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Sunday.

The victory also marks the first time UNCP has won a PBC tournament game since 2003 when the Braves defeated North Florida 95-88 in double overtime in the Lumpkin Center.

UNCP was led by Jazmine Kemp and Taylor Gallentine, who scored 14 and 11 points respectively, while Domonique Washington grabbed a team best nine rebounds.

The Lady Cougars were led by Dominique Gilbert’s game-high 15 points and nine rebounds.

After taking a 3-2 lead in the first minutes of the game, the Lady Braves went on a 9-0 run to go up 12-2 on an Anya Knower bucket. Columbus State interrupted the scoring spree with a Lauren Grisham free throw, then UNCP rattled off 11 more straight points – fueled by two threes from DeDe Cotten and one by Amelia Partin – to take a 23-3 lead at 12:20.

Chatil Bradford got the Lady Cougars back on the scoreboard with a jumper at 10:35 to make it 23-5, only to have UNCP go up by 23 points at 29-6 on a Jasmine Hairston bucket.

Columbus cut the lead to 31-15 on a Letiecia Davenport bucket at 3:58, but the Lady Braves again came right back to up their lead to 37-19 when Kierra Haney struck underneath the basket and then dealt the final blow of the half on Hairston’s buzzer-beater for a 41-22 lead.

The Braves connected on 17-of-30 field goals in the first half for 56.7 percent, while Columbus was 8-for-31 for 25.8 percent.
The Cougars opened the second half with a 7-0 run on a three by Bradford and a pair of two pointers by Shan Basley and Gilbert to trim the lead to 41-29. The Braves then netted their first basket of the half at 15:48 to make it 43-29 on a Kemp jumper.
A three by Washington pushed the UNCP lead back over 20 points at 53-32 with 10:35 left in the game.

Columbus rallied with back-to-back threes from Bradford and Lauren Matheney to cut the lead to 56-40 at 8:55, but Kemp answered from underneath the basket with 7:30 remaining. The Cougars didn’t get closer than 16 points the remainder of the game.

UNCP connected on 28-of-54 field goals for 51.9 percent, including 6-of-14 threes for 42.9 percent. The Lady Braves sank 4-of-5 free throws for 80 percent.

CSU was 19-of-62 from the floor for 30.6 percent, including 5-of-22 threes for 22.7 percent. The Lady Cougars connected on 5-of-12 free throws for 41.7 percent.