Whitton Double-Doubles In UNC Pembroke Win

AMERICUS, Ga.- For the second time in Georgia Southwestern history the women's basketball team is 2-0 to start Peach Belt Conference play after defeating UNC Pembroke Monday afternoon in the Storm Dome.

GSW is now 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the PBC while UNCP moved to 5-3 and 1-1 in the PBC. The last time the Lady 'Canes were 2-0 in the PBC was during the 2009-10 season.

Gabby Figgers led the Lady 'Canes with 14 points shooting 4-6 from behind the arc. Chanice Whitton recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Aleah Holden picked up 12 rebounds.

The Lady 'Canes were behind in the first quarter until the 3:45 mark when Figgers made back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game and then take the lead 12-9. Kya Cochran put in a jump shot followed by Mallory Diamond with a layup to take a seven point lead. UNCP scored five points in the remaining 31 seconds to trail by two heading into the second quarter.

The game was tied four times in the second quarter and the lead changed four times before GSW took and kept it heading into halftime up 34-27.

UNCP closed in during the third quarter coming within four points of the lead with 2:16 left. Figgers put in a 3-pointer to extend the lead to seven and Whitton made a layup to give GSW a nine point lead. By the end of the third quarter GSW was up 51-43.

The Lady 'Canes kept their lead throughout the fourth and played a tough defense holding UNCP to 12 points, their least amount in the four quarters.

GSW came out on top to take a 66-55 win and claim their second PBC win.

The Lady Hurricanes are back in action January 5, 2017, as they travel to Augusta, Ga., to play Augusta University at 5:30 p.m.