It was a historic day for the UNCP women’s basketball team as they cruised to a 94-73 victory over the visiting Georgia Southwestern University Hurricanes on Jan. 21 at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court. They compete with their best shooting performance in over 20 years.
“I thought we moved the ball really well and particularly getting it out of double teams and reversing the ball or finding people in transition. I think we ran some good sets, we got the ball in the post which got us some assists,” said Head Coach John Haskins.
The Braves took down the Hurricanes and ended a two-game home losing streak thanks to nearly 60 percent from the field. Their 94 points is the most scored for the program since they defeated North Florida in the 2002-03 Peach Belt Conference tournament 95-88. The Black and Gold snapped a four-game win streak for GSW who are now 1-7 in their last eight trips to Pembroke.
The Braves had four players register double digit points, led by junior Aliyah Farmer who scored a career high of 20 points in just 21 minutes of action and imposed her will in the post getting most of her points on second chance opportunities.
“We got a lot of players out, so I feel like I should have really stepped up today and making sure I set good screens and shade back to the ball. Just making sure I help break down the press…and make it easier for our guards,” said Farmer.
Redshirt junior Tee Graham tied Farmer for team lead in points scored, recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 assists and came up just short of a triple-double with seven rebounds.
“Coach always tells me I have to be on the court, make sure I don’t foul so I can take care of the ball,” said Graham. “That was my main thing just taking care of the ball, make sure I get the offense set up and make sure we just execute.”
Redshirt senior Brianna Baham shot from the field scoring a season high 16 points and a proficient 3-for-5 from the perimeter. Sophomore Melanie Horne scored 14 points and eight rebounds. Se’Dasia Love hauled in a team and game high 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes of playing time.