PEMBROKE, N.C. - UNC Pembroke held the Armstrong State University women's basketball team scoreless over the final two minutes to pick up a 67-58 Peach Belt Conference victory over the Pirates on Saturday afternoon in Pembroke, N.C.
The loss was the third out of the last four for the Pirates (11-12, 9-7 PBC), while UNC Pembroke improved to 8-15 overall and 6-10 in the PBC). Armstrong next returns home to face PBC East Division leader Lander on Wednesday, February 18th, at 5:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.
UNC Pembroke took a 35-29 lead into halftime and extended that lead to as many as 13 early in the second half. Armstrong began the second-half comeback with a 12-2 run over a five minute stretch that cut the Braves' lead to three, 56-53, after a Brigitta Barta layup with 5:47 left.
Trailing by two with 2:04 left, Armstrong's Alexia Somerset converted a three-point play to give the Pirates a 58-57 lead, but it would be the last points Armstrong would score in the game. UNC Pembroke would hit 8-of-8 free throws down the stretch and Armstrong would commit four turnovers and miss two three-point shots in the final minute and a half to help the Braves come away with the win.
Somerset led the Pirates on the night with a season high-tying 23 points on 8-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, also adding a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double. Shermika Harris added 13 points while Barta and Dee Hayward each chipped in 10 points.
UNC Pembroke was led by 15 points from Jazmine Kemp and 10 points from Jonissa Monley.