UNCG beats Charleston women at the buzzer

Erin Hall scored 14 points in the Cougars' loss on Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.)

Erin Hall scored 14 points in the Cougars’ loss on Sunday afternoon.
(Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.)

After a road loss on Friday night at Kennesaw State, the College of Charleston dropped a close one to UNC Greensboro on Sunday, 70-68, on a last second jumper by the Spartans’ Jade Scaife with 0.1 on the clock.

Despite having a 20-point second half lead, the Cougars unraveled against their former Southern Conference foe. Charleston built their big lead in the opening minutes of a second half with a 14-3 run, but Greensboro began chipping away, responding with a 18-4 run over the next five minutes.

Charleston looked like the better team for much of the first half. They built an advantage in rebounds and field goal percentage, as defensive pressure forced turnovers, giving the Cougars as much as a 10-point lead before halftime. Erin Hall drained a jumper just before the half to send Charleston into the break with a 38-29 lead.

Hall halted Greensboro’s big second half run with her third three pointer of the day to push the lead back to nine points. The Cougars, however, showed an inability to break the Spartans’ full-court press in the game’s closing minutes. Multiple turnovers helped Greensboro back into the game, as they drew even with Charleston with 14 seconds remaining.

After Greensboro tied the game, Charleston had a tough time getting the ball in bounds, leading to an errant pass that the Spartans picked off.  The ball found Scaife, who drained the game winner from the top of the key, leaving virtually no time on the clock.

Hall finished the game with 14 points, while freshman forward Jacqueline Luna-Castro notched a 12-point, 10-rebound double double. Freshman guard Shiclasia Brown added 11 assists.

The Cougars will look to rebound on Wednesday when they face a road test at East Carolina.

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On a cold January evening in the winter of 2004, Sam Oleksak realized his dream. As a mere fourth grader, he had the chance to announce a high school basketball game for his hometown television station. In the hopes of one day becoming a sports pundit, Sam began at Cisternyard News in Fall 2014. He now serves as the Sports Editor on staff and also makes frequent appearances on Cisternyard Radio.

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