Late Free Throw Sinks Pirates At UNC Pembroke, 71-70

Late Free Throw Sinks Pirates At UNC Pembroke, 71-70

PEMBROKE, N.C. - UNC Pembroke guard Brianna Baham hit one of two free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to give the Braves a 71-70 Peach Belt Conference women's basketball victory over visiting Armstrong State University on Saturday afternoon in Pembroke, N.C.

The Pirates fall to 7-13 overall and 3-8 in the PBC with the loss, while UNC Pembroke improves to 13-5 overall and 8-3 in the PBC. Armstrong State returns to action on Monday, hosting Flagler in a 5:30 p.m. Peach Belt Conference contest at Alumni Arena.

Armstrong State and UNC Pembroke were tied at 32-all at halftime, and the Braves opened up eight-point lead, 52-44, with just 15 seconds left in the third quarter. The Braves then extended that lead to 10 points, 56-46, with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter.

A basket by junior Machala Raymonville sparked a 15-2 run over the next three minutes, capped by a three-pointer by Raymonville that made the score 61-58 with 5:29 left.

Another three-pointer from Raymonville would give the Pirates their largest lead, 69-61, with 3:06 left, but Armstrong State would not make a field goal the rest of the way. UNC Pembroke chipped away at the lead, eventually taking a 70-69 lead on a pair of free throws by Jonissa Monley with 23 seconds left.

The Pirates' Deundria Clark was fouled on a three-point shot attempt with 7.2 seconds left, and Clark made one of three free throws to tie the game up at 70-all. After a time out, Baham got the ball just outside the top of the key and drove down the lane, where a foul was called on Clark with 1.2 seconds left. Baham missed the first free throw, but made the second.

Armstrong State called time out after the made free throw and advanced the ball to the frontcourt. Raymonville's long-range three-pointer from about 27 feet out hit the front of the rim, securing the victory for the Braves. 

Raymonville led all scorers with 30 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-10 from three-point range and 8-of-11 shots from the foul line. It was her second 30+ point performance of the season. Baham led the Braves with 15 points.

The Pirates shot 43.6 percent from the floor (24-of-55) and 34.6 percent from three-point range (9-of-26), while hitting 13-of-19 free throws (68.4 percent). UNC Pembroke shot 40.4 percent from the floor (23-of-57) and 38.5 percent from three-point range (10-of-26), while also hitting 15-of-19 free throws (78.9 percent).