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No. 4 Lander too much for Lady Braves
By Nick Phillips
Just 17 total first half points and a 15.2 shooting percentage in the opening period were too much for the UNCP women's basketball team to overcome, falling 80-53 to fourthranked Lander in the opening round of the 2011 Peach Belt Conference tournament on March 2.
"We came out tentative, not aggressive, not strongly attacking the basket which set the tone for the game and we never recovered once we were down," UNCP head coach John Haskins said.
After the horrible start, the Lady Braves bounced back to find some form of offense but it was not enough to stop Lander's 45.2 percent shooting and four players in double-figures.
UNCP finished the game shooting 24.6 percent, its lowest mark of the season, while Lander finished shooting 45.2 percent from the field.
The shooting mark allowed the Lady Braves to out-rebound Lander 52-40, one of the few stats UNCP held an advantage in.
Junior DeDe Cotten led the Lady Braves with a team-high 13 points, while JaToya Kemp grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in her final collegiate game.
Fellow senior Talena Faison scored nine points in her final appearance in the Black and Gold, while sophomore Anya Knower matched Faison with nine points of her own.
In the opening half, UNCP managed seven of its 17 points from the freethrow line and saw Lander's Jasmine Judge nearly outscore them by herself after Judge tallied 15 points in the opening half.
Lander played 12 different players in the contest, rotating substitutions in with groups of five, and saw 11 players score in the game, including four players in double figures.
Final goodbyeUNCP said goodbye to six seniors following the contest.
In addition to her nine rebounds, Kemp also scored six points and had three blocks in her final game, while Faison added three assists, three rebounds and three steals to her nine-point night.
DayDay Ray grabbed two rebounds, while Kristen Hobbs was able to play just two minutes while still nursing an injured ankle.
Illya Hunt (knee) and Briana Stanton (concussion) were both forced to watch their final games in street clothes for the Lady Braves.
"We are losing six seniors which requires the returners for next season to step up and get stronger so we can build upon this season," Haskins added.