Women’s Basketball Wins Home Opener

UNCP's (#23) Kalaya Hall get's set to pass the ball to Lillian Flantos. The Braves defeated St. Augustine 61-52. PN/Jayden Berkin

By Jayden Berkin, Sports Reporter

The UNC Pembroke Women’s basketball team took on the St. Augustine Falcons in non-conference action and came out victorious. Despite a back and forth first half, the Braves went on to win the game 61-52 at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court on Saturday afternoon. This win for the Braves snapped a two game losing streak.

The Braves hit the ground running, opening up the game with a 8-4 run, before the Falcons responded with a 7-1 run of their own to make the score 11-9 in favor of the Falcons. The Braves finished the first quarter with a 4-0 run to take the lead, 13-11. Things took a slight turn for the Braves in the second quarter and the Falcons seemed to take over with a score of 26-24 heading into halftime.

Down but not out, the Braves came out of the half hungry and determined to win this game. The Braves started the 3rd quarter with a 12-4 scoring run to go up 36-30. The Braves would continue to dominate in the third quarter and keep the lead, making it 45-42 heading into the fourth quarter. Pembroke ran with the lead in the 4th quarter, maintaining the lead the whole quarter to finish the game 61-52.

“That’s what we want to do, we want to get the ball and go, we have a lot of sets but we don’t want to run them, I don’t want to sit there and call them…the goal is to get the ball to our handling guards and go,” Associate Head coach Donald Bohannon said on the victory Saturday.

Kalaya Hall lead the way for the Braves finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds, a pair of assist and on the defensive sided recored a pair of steals and a block. Zaria Clark finished the afternoon with 13 points and a strong showing at the free throw line knocking down 7 of 8 free throws. Lillian Flantos came off the bench for the Braves and recored 10 rebounds in a career best to with with seven points and four assist.

The Braves (2-2) will continue non-conference action when they travel to take on Limestone (3-1) with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.

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