Lady Braves mount a comeback over Augusta State in Overtime, win by 6
By Brad Crawford
Junior Natalie Ray’s 20 points combined with 18 points from redshirt-freshman Chevoya Jackson helped UNCP upend Augusta State 71-65 in overtime Jan. 9 at the English E. Jones Center.
The game featured 15 lead changes as the Lady Braves scored the final seven points in regulation to force the extra session.
The Lady Jaguars led 31-28 at halftime. Sherika Parker’s short jumper with 3:22 left to play capped a 5-0 scoring spurt that gave Augusta State a 54-47 lead.
After exchanging free throws, the Lady Braves trailed by seven at 55-48 with 2:05 remaining in regulation.
The Lady Jaguars allowed UNCP to score layups on three straight possessions to pull within one at 55-54 with just under 30 seconds to play.
JaToya Kemp hit one of two free throws on UNCP’s next possession, knotting the game at 55 and forcing overtime. Kemp’s free throw was her fifth point during the Lady Braves’ 7-0 run to tie the game at 55.
The 5-foot-9 freshman from East Bladen High School finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Braves.
UNCP took a commanding 61-57 lead two minutes into overtime following Ashley Morales’ 3-pointer from the left corner, her second long range jumper of the game. The Lady Braves hit 9-of-13 free throw attempts the rest of the way to seal the win.
Augusta State shot just 4-11 from the field in overtime, while the Lady Braves were able to hit at a 60 percent clip, helping improve their total to 37 percent for the game.
The Lady Jaguars were led by Tracey Paschal, who scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.
The overtime win against the Lady Jaguars was UNCP’s first Peach Belt Conference victory.
“I thought the key to the game was that we competed well on the boards,” UNCP head coach John Haskins said. “We made some plays there at the end of regulation and I thought we played well in overtime. It’s always good to get a win in the Peach Belt.”
The Black and Gold’s Natalie Ray has scored in double digits nine games this season for the Lady Braves as the junior forward has improved her scoring from eight points per game last season to 13.3 points per game this year.