The UNCG women's basketball team suffered a eight-point loss on the road to UMES Tuesday night.
The UNCG women's basketball team suffered a eight-point loss on the road to UMES Tuesday night.

Women’s Basketball Falls to Hawks Late Rally 11-29-2016

Princess Anne, Md. – UNCG’s women’s basketball team (4-3) fell to a late Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-2) rally Tuesday night by a 60-53 margin. The Blue & Gold was led by freshman duo Alexis Pitchford and Te'ja Twitty who scored 11 and 10 points respectively in the loss.

The Spartans led 16-15 after the opening 10 minutes of action Tuesday night despite 50 percent shooting from the Hawks from the field. The Spartans improved in the second quarter to shoot 60 percent (6-for-10) form the field and held UMES to just 36.4 percent from the floor. Jade Scaife closed out the first half scoring seven-straight points for UNCG to lead the Blue & Gold to a two-point lead at halftime, 31-29.

“We were up five with a few minutes left on the road,” said Patterson. “The grit that you need to complete the task, we did not have. Now we have done it before, and I’m sure we will have opportunities to do it again.

Offensive rebounding for the opponents was a thorn for us,” added Patterson. “We have got to do a better job of doing that. We have one day to work on it, and we’ll get back in the lab and get ready for Radford on Friday.”

UNCG shot 41.4 percent in the first half. Soliman led the way with nine points while Scaife had seven and Alexis Pitchford added five. The Blue & Gold shot 83.3 percent from the charity stripe in the opening 20 minutes while UMES shot just 45.5 percent.

UMES edged UNCG 16-14 in the third quarter but the Spartans maintained a five-point lead, 45-40, entering the final quarter. The Blue & Gold shot 42.9 percent in the third quarter while the Hawks we held to 37.5 percent from the field. Maryland-Eastern Shore pulled ahead down the final stretch, capitalizing on Spartan turnovers late in the game. UNCG shot just 21.4 percent form the field in the final frame while UMES was 36.4 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe en route to outscoring UNCG 15-8 in the finale period.

UNCG was held to just 23.8 percent from three-point range and shot just 50 percent from the free throw line in the game. The Hawks won the battle on the backboards snagging 42, 10 more than UNCG.

Pitchford led the Blue & Gold with 11 points, three assists and two steals while Te’ja Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central) had ten points and four assists. Scaife was key for the Spartans once again, leading the squad with eight rebounds, six defensive, in the loss.

UNCG returns home to Fleming Gymnasium to host Radford Friday, December 2. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.



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