Women’s Basketball Outlasts UNC Pembroke in Overtime
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team improved to 3-2 on the season with a thrilling overtime win over UNC Pembroke (2-0) Tuesday night. After a buzzer beating layup by the Braves to end regulation, The Spartans survived pulling out a 72-69 win in extra time.
“We showed a lot of grit and heart tonight,” said Patterson. “Our team was put in a very difficult situation with a very good Pembroke team. Pembroke has some talented players that are very good penetrators and some good players going inside.”
Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) had 13 points in the win and a game-high six assists. She also led the Spartans with three steals. Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) led all scorers with 24 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double double with the Blue & Gold.
“Bailey Williams had some very good plays and the end of the game and I really like what Alexus Willey did coming off the bench,” said Patterson. “And then overall our team rebounding… I thought we rebounded a lot better in the second half.”
Willey (Waldorf, Md./Riverdale Baptist) scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds for the Spartans while shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. India Timpton (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and Shanese Harris (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) also added seven points.
UNCG jumped out to an early 10-3 lead but a 7-0 run by the Braves would quickly bring the visitors back into it. At the end of the first quarter UNC Pembroke led UNCG 18-16 after the Spartans shot just 31.3 percent from the field.
Pembroke improved to shoot 50 percent from the field (6-for-12) and held the Blue & Gold to 27.8 percent and 14.3 percent (1-for-7) from behind the arc in the second quarter. Brianna Baham led all scorers with seven points and helped her squad to outscore UNCG 16-13 in the frame. UNC Pembroke held a 34-29 lead at halftime.
The Spartans trailed by as many as seven in the third quarter. A pivotal jumper by Mangela Ngandjui (Upper Malboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist), her first career basket, gave UNCG its first lead since the opening quarter at the 2:38 mark. The Spartans exchanged baskets with the Braves down the stretch and led 48-47 at the end of the frame.
The fourth quarter was a back and fourth battle down the stretch. With 30 seconds left Williams sunk a pair of free throws give UNCG a 61-58 edge but Nyla Allen sunk a trey to tie it at 61-all with 13 seconds remaining. After a brief timeout UNCG’s Williams was the hero once more making a layup for a 63-61 lead. But Jasmine Huntley went coast-to-coast as time expired and made a buzzer-beating layup to send the game to overtime.
Overtime was the Spartans time, as UNCG took a commanding seven-point lead out of the gate. A try by Allen with 57 seconds left made it a one-point game at 70-69 but a pair of Williams buckets from the charity stripe sealed the deal as UNC Pembroke could not get a last second shot off again as time expired.
UNCG shot 35.1 percent in the win and outrebounded its opponents 54-39. The Spartans and Braves exchanged the lead 10 times and UNCG edged UNCP in fast break points, 8-7.
“A lot of effort was shown in the second half and for us its just about getting the ‘W’,” added Patterson.
The Spartans remain home and will face crosstown foe Greensboro College at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 27 in Fleming Gymnasium.