It was a dramatic way to hit a milestone, that's for sure.
On Feb. 7, the women's basketball team faced off against Western Carolina in an early afternoon game in Fleming Gym that went down to the wire.
A pair of layups fell with less than 4 seconds left, which broke the tie and handed Coach Lynne Agee her 600th career win, 57-53 over Western Carolina.
Lynne Agee raises both hands and lets out a heavy breath after the last seconds tick off the clock. It was a home victory as UNCG won 57-53 over Western Carolina and handed Agee her 600th career win.
Agee becomes just the 14th active Division I coach and 21st Division I coach overall to reach the 600-win mark.
It's hard to think about it in that light, Agee said. When I see those who've reached the 600 plateau, I'm not the big-time name that you expect to read when you read that list. I've had an opportunity here with great challenges to elevate a program, in all three divisions, from III to II to I. I've had an awful lot of talented players who have won a lot of ball games. You don't win 600 by doing anything special, you win 600 by having people who can win the game and put the ball in the hole, and they've been very successful.
It's a tribute to a lot of players who have passed through the system as well as all the coaches who've helped on my staff over the years. Longtime associate (head coach) Carol Peschel, who was a player here herself and actually started our program as the first All-American in 1981 when we came here. It's been a terrific ride over these 30 years, and to accomplish the 600 mark was not a personal goal of mine by any means, but it sure does put a nice touch to the years that we've put in and the years that UNCG has given me.
The last seconds of the milestone game were dramatic.
Western Carolina's Kaila'Shea Menendez scored the last of her career-high 22 points with 12 seconds left, dropping in a layup to tie the game at 53.
With yet another game this season going down to the wire, UNCG's Monique Floyd brought the ball up the floor, worked to the left block and got the go-ahead layup to fall with 3.3 seconds remaining. Sophomore Dayshaun Richbow then stole the Catamounts' inbounds pass and laid it in to make it a two-possession game with just 1.3 seconds left, setting off a wild celebration at Fleming Gymnasium.
Down the stretch, my goodness, for Dayshaun Richbow to make a big play at the end, we knocked some shots down when we needed to, it's just a terrific victory, no question, Agee said. And it was a great team victory, with five people who scored eight and nine points. We shared the basketball and had a contribution from a lot of people today.
To read more about the game action, visit http://www.uncgspartans.com/sports/wbkb/2010-11/releases/201102079o0olk. Or to see a timeline of Agee's milestone wins, visit http://www.uncgspartans.com/beyond_box_scores/bbs_agee_timeline_0209.
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