Women's Basketball Rally Comes Up Short at Murray State
Murray, Ky. – The UNCG women’s basketball team (2-2) rallied from a 24-point deficit early in the fourth quarter but came up short in an 81-70 loss at Murray State (3-1) Sunday afternoon. Freshman Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) scored a career-high 28 points (10-for-22) in the loss while Te’ja Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central) had a team-best 10 rebounds.
“I’m really impressed with the fact that we were down 70-46 with nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter and we went on a 19-0 run,” said Patterson. “That shows what we are capable of doing. We need to be better defensively. We gave up too many points and we needed some big stops at crucial moments.
Overall on this road trip we were able to go 1-1,” added Patterson. “We definitely wanted to go 2-0 but I am really pleased with our progress.”
The Spartans were slow out of the gates trailing Murray State 9-5 early in the first despite a trey by Soliman to start the game. It would be the only lead UNCG would have in the game. The Racers held on for a 23-13 lead in the first quarter.
UNCG was able to bring the game within three points before halftime but a late Murray State run kept the Spartans at a distance heading into the break trailing 43-34.
Murray State outscored UNCG 21-12 in the third quarter maintaining a double-digit lead for the entire frame. After holding the Blue & Gold scoreless through the first three minutes of the fourth, UNCG would overcome it’s 20-point deficit with a 13-0 run. With less than five minutes to play, Soliman drained a three making it a two-possession game. Murray State was clutch from behind arc down the stretch and after multiple trips to the charity stripe; the Racers were able to hold on for an 11-pooint win.
The Spartans shot 32.4 percent from the field in the game but saw a drastic improvement from a game before at the free throw line. The Spartans were successful on 18 shots from the charity stripe during 24 trips. Soliman’s career-high 28-point performance marks her third 20-plus point game of the season.
Shanese Harris (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) was the Spartans’ second leading scorer before missing the last seven minutes of the game due to fouling out. Harris and Twitty both had eight points for UNCG while Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) added seven points and a team-best six assists.
Murray State was led by Ke’Shunan James who had a team-best 24 points and game-best 15 rebounds. Jasmine Borders added 17 points, 5-for-13 behind the arc, while Bria Bethea added 12 for MSU. The Racers shot 39.7 percent from the field and 28.2 from three-point range in the game.
The Racers lead the all-time series 1-0 after winning Sunday’s game, the first match up in program history for the two squads.
UNCG returns to action Tuesday, November 22, when the Spartans host UNC Pembroke at 7 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium.