GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) shattered her career-high with 42 points in UNCG’s 82-72 win over triad foe High Point (1-3) Saturday afternoon. Her 42 points becomes the individual single-game record for UNCG breaking Anna Parker's 38, a 35-year-old record set at Wake Forest February 12, 1979. The Spartans improve to 2-2 overall and return to action on the road at Gardner-Webb Tuesday, November 24, at 7 p.m.
UNCG jumped out to an early 6-2 lead but HPU wouldn’t back down taking its first lead since the opening minute, 10-8, at 6:18. The two teams went back-and-forth through the first period and a pair of Mason free throws tied the game at 18-all with nine seconds left.
Mason had 11 points in the first frame, pacing all scorers.
In the second frame UNCG led by as many as six on three occasions but the Panthers were able to cut the lead to two in the final minute of the half. Mason drained a trey with seven seconds to give the Spartans a five-point lead at the break.
The Spartans outscored High Point 39-34 in the first half shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Mason led all scorers with 16 points while Shanese Harris (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) had eight points. HPU had a 22-18 advantage in rebounds and was led by Kay Harris who had eight points and three rebounds.
In the third period, UNCG never trailed, leading by as many as eight points with 4:54 on the clock. High point was able to bring the game within one possession at the end of the period but India Timpton (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) drained a jumped for a 56-52 lead with one frame to go.
UNCG opened the final period on a 6-2 run to lead 62-54 with 7:44 remaining in regulation. The Spartans pulled together for a 9-2 run over a three-minute span for a ten-point lead, 73-63, with 3:28 on the clock. A jumper by Lindsey Edwards brought the Panthers within three but a fast break layup by Mason made it a five-point game again. The Spartans made their final five free throws of the game to secure a 10-point win.
Mason went off in the second half scoring 26 points, previously her season-high for points in a game. Kaylah Keys had 14 points in the final 20 minutes to lead HPU. UNCG improved to shoot 53.8 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the charity stripe in the half. The Spartans also edged High point 17-15 in rebounds while Mariah Wilson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) blocked two shots, for a game-high three blocks.
Harris was second on the team in scoring with 11 points while Jazmine Missouri (Largo, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) had a season-high nine points, all of which she scored in the second half. High Point was led by Keys who had 19 points while three of her teammates also scored in double figures.
Saturday’s game marked the 27th meeting between the two teams. HPU leads the all-time series 14-13 with the two teams splitting their last two meetings with one win each.