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Lady Braves breeze to win on Senior Day

By Curtis Brooks
Sports Editor

February 23, 2012

Photo by Nick Phillips
Lady Braves seniors DeDe Cotten, left, and Domonique Washington helped UNCP to a 72-29 blowout victory on Senior Day.

The Black and Gold women's basketball squad took the floor inside the English E. Center for the last time in the 2011-2012 season on Feb. 19, as they dominated visiting Flagler College 72-29 on Senior Day.

The Lady Braves' 43-point victory set a new school record for margin of victory in a Peach Belt Conference game. UNCP shot 42.9 percent from the floor after making 24-of-56 field goal attempts in the game, while Flagler shot just 17.5 percent on 11-of-63 shooting.

A trio of Lady Braves scored in double-digits, led by junior guard Amelia Partin's career-highs in both points and rebounds, with 23 and seven, respectively.

Partin was 5-of-9 in three-point attempts in her reserve role.

Freshman forward Jazmine Kemp finished with 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds for UNCP.

Senior guard Domonique Washington scored 15 points, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, dished out four assists and recorded four steals in her final home game for the Lady Braves.

Fellow senior guard DeDe Cotten tallied two points, three rebounds and two assists in her final home game for the Black and Gold.

Flagler freshman guard Latesha Johnson led the road team with nine points and five rebounds after playing 34 minutes.

"I think the winning record is a testament to the girls in the program, and when we looked at the year coming in, we were worried about what we were losing," Lady Braves head coach John Haskins said.

"We felt like we could be as good or better, but it would take us a while, and I think that has been the case here and finally we are understanding the offense and the girls are playing together and getting experience," Haskins added.

Flagler had the lead in the game's opening 10 minutes before the Lady Braves battled back and led 30-20 going into halftime.

A mix of good defense by UNCP and horrible shooting by the visitors managed to hold Flagler to only nine points in the second half. UNCP's stellar second half defense forced 11 turnovers.

Flagler made a basket at the 14:54 mark of the second half before going on a dry spell and watching UNCP run out to a 25-0 spurt before the visitors finally scored again.

With one final regular season contest remaining, at Lander on Feb. 25, the Lady Braves have already locked up the East No. 3 seed for the PBC Tournament, which begins March 1.

UNCP will take on the West's No. 2 seed, but will have to wait to see who their opponent will be.

The Lady Braves wrapped up a fourth place finish overall in league play as well with their win.

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