PEMBROKE — Senior Nyla Allen led the UNC Pembroke women’s basketball team to its first Peach Belt Conference victory in a 71-60 win over Georgia Southwestern on Tuesday afternoon.
Allen poured in a career-high 22 points and grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds for the Lady Braves (3-4, 1-2), who had a 53-35 advantage on the glass.
With the victory, the Braves snapped a four-game losing streak to Georgia Southwestern that dated back to January of 2014. Allen’s 22 points eclipsed her previous career high of 20, which she most recently accomplished on Dec. 10 of this season against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Tee Graham chipped in 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Ebone Stevens and Melanie Horne each tacked on seven points. Horne also grabbed a career-best nine rebounds.
The Braves led for 38:18 of the possible 40 minutes and led by as many as 16 late in the third quarter. UNCP shot 42 percent from the field and limited the Hurricanes to just 32-percent shooting. UNCP’s 60 points allowed is a season low.
The UNCP lead was trimmed to seven at the 7:01 mark on a Kya Cochran 3-pointer before the Braves rattled off an 11-2 run to see the lead swell to a game-high 16 on a pair of Jillian Ebron free throws with 1:03 on the clock.
Georgia Southwestern (4-3, 1-2 PBC) once again closed the gap to seven in the final frame, this time with 23 ticks on the clock, but Alicia Hardy and Tee Graham iced the game at the free-throw line for the Black & Gold with a trio of freebies in the final 20 seconds.
Shanya Jones paced the guests with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while Cochran added 10 points in the losing effort.
UNCP had an extended 14-0 run in the first 3:24 of the second quarter to hand the hosts a 29-16 lead thanks in part to a 4-for-18 shooting effort in the second stanza by the Hurricanes.
Georgia Southwestern was able to pull within nine before the second-quarter buzzer and the Braves hauled a 35-26 lead into the locker rooms.
The Braves will enjoy 10 days off before hitting the road for a two-game road trip beginning Dec. 30 at North Georgia. Tipoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. on the front end of a women’s-men’s doubleheader at Memorial Hall.