Nov. 29, 2011
PEMBROKE, N.C. -- DeDe Cotten led three players in double figures as UNC Pembroke used a couple of second-half runs to hand the Fayetteville State Lady Broncos their first loss of the season, 64-57, on Tuesday night.
Cotten, who buried four 3-pointers to go with six rebounds and four assists, shared the team lead in scoring with Domonique Washington, as each scored 14 points while Courtney Bolden had 13 as the Lady Braves (2-2) won their home opener.
But it wasn't easy.
After Akysia Resper (So., Concord, N.C.) scored five points in quick succession to spark a 7-0 run to give the Lady Broncos a 34-32 lead less than 3 minutes into the second half, Washington responded with eight points to key a 12-0 spurt to give the Lady Braves a lead they would never relinquish. In less than 2 minutes, UNC Pembroke turned a two-point deficit into a 10-point lead, 44-34, with 15:20 to go in the game.
Fayetteville State (3-1) climbed within five points a couple of times in the second half before 3-pointers by Haley Magee, Cotten and Bolden sparked a decisive 11-4 spurt that gave the Lady Braves a 58-45 lead with 5:50 to go.
Resper led the Lady Broncos with 19 points while Nia Trawick (So., Fayetteville, N.C.) added seven points, all of which came off the bench in the first half.
The Lady Braves got off to a hot start, assisting on their first 10 field goals and shooting 50 percent from the field in the game's first 11 minutes. UNC Pembroke built its largest lead, 21-8, with 8:58 to go in the half, its offense clicking.
But that's when Fayetteville State began to put things together in the Lady Broncos' first road game of the season. With balanced scoring throughout and better effort on the defensive end, the Lady Broncos forced Pembroke into misses on its next seven shots from the field, using the drought to rip off a 15-5 run over the next 6 minutes to creep within three points, 26-23, with 1:40 remaining in the first half.
Pembroke's Cotten, though, shot the Lady Braves out of their drought by herself, burying 3-pointers in back-to-back trips down the floor, helping Pembroke to a 32-27 edge at the break.
Washington had a game-high eight assists to go with four boards. Jazmine Kemp led all players with 11 rebounds for UNC Pembroke.