GREENSBORO, NC – The UNC Greensboro women’s basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 68-37 win over Chowan University at Fleming Gym on Friday afternoon.
UNCG (2-10) was led by senior guard Kemena Brooks who tallied 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. Brooks, who was in double figures for the third consecutive game, was 3-of-7 from behind the three-point line. Meghan Chamberlain, who recorded her 500th career-point, had a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman TaShama Banner was a spark off the bench for the Spartans and in nine minutes of play tallied a career high eight points.
“It was nice to get a win but we still have many things that we need to work on as we head into conference action, “said head coach Lynne Agee. “We are a young team and are going through some growing pains right now but as we continue to work hard in practice we will become a better team.”
Chowan (2-10) was led by AJ O’Bannion who tallied a team-high 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the floor while teammate Jashonda Crawford added nine points in the loss. Najah Harris tallied a game-high nine rebounds.
The Spartans held a 42-37 rebounding advantage and shot 36.7 percent on 22-of-60 shooting from the floor. UNCG also had 15 and 13 assists.
The Hawks came out shooting well in the second half and had the first two points of the game but UNCG was able to create an inside presence with Meghan Chamberlain who had four consecutive points to extend the Spartans lead to 35-18 with just four minutes off the game clock.
Monique Floyd also added a scoring option with four quick second half points as UNCG pushed its lead to 44-23 at the 10: 43 mark. Chowan never got closer than 15 points in the second half and 10-0 run to close the game gave UNCG the victory and their first home win of the season.
Chowan opened the game strong and went on a quick 5-0 run to open the game but back-to-back three-pointers from Brooks gave UNCG a 6-5 lead early. O’Bannion had the hot hand early and had six of the Hawk’s first nine points but UNCG used several defensive stops and took a 10-9 lead at the 11:33 mark.
UNCG got hot midway through the half and forced the Hawks into seven turnovers while going on a 14-2 run to take a 24-11 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the half. UNCG’s defense was active and managed to hold Chowan scoreless for nearly seven minutes before Demicka McMahon broke the drought with a layup at the 1:40 mark as the Spartans took a 31-13 lead into the lockeroom.
The Spartans are next in action on Jan. 2 when they head to Greenville, SC, to take on Furman in a Southern Conference game. Tip off is set for 7 pm in Timmons Arena.
UNCG 68, CHOWAN 37
O'BANNION,AJ 5-12 2-3 12; CRAWFORD,Jashonda 2-8 2-3 7; MCMAHAN,Demicka 2-20-0 4; HARRIS,Najah 1-5 0-0 3; CHRISTOPHER,Tameka 1-3 0-0 3;NICHOLSON,Brittany 0-4 2-2 2; SIMMONS,Acquanette 0-2 2-2 2; BANKS,Ashley 1-80-0 2; SATTERTHWAITE,D 1-1 0-0 2; SELLERS,Keyon 0-1 0-0 0; WALKER,Tyanna 0-00-0 0. Totals 13-46 8-10 37.
BROOKS,Kemena 4-8 2-2 13; BANNER,TaShama 3-4 2-3 8; MULLINS,Ashley 2-6 2-27; HYSON,Lakiah 2-5 2-2 6; CHAMBERLAIN,Meghan 3-5 0-0 6; FLOYD,Monique 3-80-0 6; GIRSTAUTAITE,Agne 2-3 2-4 6; GRIMSLEY,Gini 2-6 0-0 5; FRAZIER,Brittany 0-5 4-4 4; SMITH,Kendra 0-2 3-4 3; LING,Ashley 0-0 2-2 2;WADELINGTON,S 1-5 0-0 2; WOMACK,Johanna 0-0 0-0 0; DIXON,Jasmine 0-3 0-0 0.Totals 22-60 19-23 68.
Halftime: UNCG 31, Chowan 13; 3-point goals--Chowan 3-14 (CHRISTOPHER,Tameka 1-2; CRAWFORD,Jashonda 1-2; HARRIS,Najah 1-3; BANKS,Ashley 0-5; NICHOLSON,Brittany 0-1; O'BANNION,AJ0-1), UNCG 5-13 (BROOKS,Kemena 3-7; MULLINS,Ashley 1-2; GRIMSLEY,Gini 1-2;HYSON,Lakiah 0-1; BANNER,TaShama 0-1). Fouled out--Chowan CRAWFORD,Jashonda,UNCG-None. Rebounds--Chowan 33 (HARRIS,Najah 9), UNCG 42 (CHAMBERLAIN,Meghan 7). Assists--Chowan 8 (HARRIS,Najah 5), UNCG 13 (LING,Ashley 4). Total fouls--Chowan 18, UNCG 15. Technical fouls--Chowan-None, UNCG-None. A-174
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