GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG’s women’s basketball team lost to Radford 70-54 Friday night inside Fleming Gymnasium. Freshman Teja Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central) led all scorers with a career-high 23 points and five rebounds.
"We had a good inside game," said Patterson. "I think we played a really good second half. We competed in the third and fourth quarter. In the first two quarters I thought that we settled. We had a breakout game from Te'ja and a terrific inside game from her and Jade [Scaife]. We are going to get better but I am real pleased with the effort."
The Highlanders dashed out to an early 9-2 lead. The Spartans were unable to close the gap and trailed by nine points, 16-7, at the end of the first quarter. The Blue & Gold was held to just three field goals in the first quarter while Radford shot 42.9 percent from the field and 50 percent (3-for-6) from three-point range.
In the second quarter the Spartans were outscored by just six points, 15-9, but more sharp shooting by the Highlanders maintained a double-figure lead going into the half. UNCG trailed 31-16 at halftime with Twitty and Soliman both led the Blue & Gold with four points.
The Spartans outscored Radford 21-20 in the third period. Twitty scored seven points in the frame while senior Jade Scaife (Fort Washington, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led all scorers with 10 points. The Blue & Gold shot 53.8 percent in the third quarter while holding the Highlanders to 52.9 percent.
UNCG closed the gap to ten points in the fourth, its smallest margin of the game since the opening quarter but the Highlanders outscored the Blue & Gold 19-17 to win 70-54. Twitty led all scorers with 12 points in the final ten minutes.
Joining Twitty in double figures was Scaife who had 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds in the loss. The Blue & Gold shot 36.5 percent from the field and were held to just one three-pointer (1-for-10).
Friday’s loss marks the first time UNCG has lost back-to-back games since Patterson took over the program.
The Blue & Gold returns to the hardwood Monday, December 5, when the Spartans host Barton at 5:30 p.m.