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Furman Falls At UNCG In Double Overtime, 76-74

Cierra Carter
Cierra Carter

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Ije Agemba scored eight of her team leading 15 points in overtime to help UNCG slip past Furman, 76-74, in double overtime Southern Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gymnasium.

The victory improved UNCG to 8-11 on the season and 2-2 in SoCon play while the loss dropped Furman to 11-7 overall and also 2-2 in league action.

Ajemba, who scored just two points over the game's first 20 minutes after being sidelined for much of the first half with foul trouble, came up big in the fourth quarter, tallying five points and later accounting for six of the Spartans' eight points in the first extra frame.  In the second overtime, her two free throws with 2:09 remaining gave UNCG a 75-72 lead and proved to the game winning points.  She also added 12 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action.

Cierra Carter paced Furman with 20 points and a game high 13 rebounds.

Carter's 3-pointer with 7:10 remaining in regulation gave the Paladins a 56-51 lead, but it didn't last as UNCG answered with a 7-0 run to go up 58-56 on an Ajemba layup.

Ajemba's 3-point play with 1:42 to go put UNCG up, 64-61, but Furman battled back to tie it with throws, the last two by Kaitlyn Duncan with 56 seconds left in regulation.

In the first overtime period Ajemba scored the Spartans' first six points, and a Brandi Fier free throw with 23 seconds remaining staked UNCG to a 71-67 lead.  The Paladins responded with a Le'Jzae Davidson trey four seconds later and tied it up on a Jackson 15-foot jump shot from the free throw line with five seconds on the clock to force a second overtime period.

Ajemba's strong late game play came with Furman forwards Celena Taborn and Kaitlyn Duncan on the bench after the duo fouled out in the final two minutes of regulation. Taborn had 15 points in just 14 minutes of action.

Furman shot just 37.7 percent (26x69) and struggled from 3-point range, making just 6-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc.

UNCG canned 25-of-68 shots (36.8%), but the Spartans were significantly more effective from 3-point range, making good on 7-of-17 treys after entering the game ranked next to last (25.8%) in the SoCon in 3-point shooting.

The two teams battled to a rebounding draw with 48 caroms apiece.

Mangela Ngandjui followed Ajemba in the scoring column with 14 points, and Nadine Soliman and Brandi Fier finished with 12.

Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information