Williams Scores Career High at VCU
Richmond, Va. – Bailey Williams led all-scorers with 20 points in Sunday’s UNCG women’s basketball loss at VCU (6-5). She set a career-high 20 points (8-for-15) in 35 minutes of action as the Spartans fell 65-54 to the Ram. The Blue & Gold move to 5-5 on the season and return to Greensboro Thursday morning for Education Day. The Spartans will play the remainder of the 2016 calendar year in North Carolina.
“Overall I am really proud of our team’s effort,” said head coach Trina Patterson. “I thought that we had some players show some promise of offensive greatness. Bailey [Williams] has been shooting the ball well, but I know she wants to shoot the ball better so this was a breakout game for her with both her layups and jump shots.
We knew that this team was very aggressive,” added Patterson. “I think we matched their aggressiveness for possessions but we have got to play every possession and not take any off.”
UNCG jumped out to an early lead after VCU got on the board first. Nadine Soliman drained a three-pointer to give UNCG its first lead. The Spartans held the lead throughout the first half and led by as many as nine with 1:50 left in the frame. The Rams closed out the first quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the Blue & Gold’s lead to five, 19-14, at the buzzer. Bailey Williams led all scorers with 10 points while Soliman added nine points.
VCU outscored UNCG 18-9 in the second period en route to taking a three-point lead, 32-28, at halftime. Alexus Willey had five points for the Blue & Gold in the second frame while VCU was led by Keira Robinson who had seven points and lead all scorers.
UNCG shot 44 percent in the first half while VCU slightly edged them 43.3 percent.
VCU outscored UNCG 15-8 after the break and held the Spartans to a 4:51 scoring drought that was ended by a Shanese Harris layup at the buzzer. Harris and Williams split the work in the period each scoring four points for UNCG.
In the fourth, the two squads played even each scoring 18 points. Shanese Harris exploded in the final quarter for UNCG with an aggressive 10 minutes of play. She had five of her nine points in the final 10 minutes while Soliman led all scorers with eight points.
The Blue & Gold shot 41.7 % from the field in the loss and VCU shot 43.4 percent. The Spartans were 76.9 percent from the charity stripe, one of UNCG’s best free throw performances of the season despite taking just 13 trips to the line.
Williams led all scorers with a 20-point performance while Soliman added 17 points. VCU’s Keira Robinson led the Rams. She also had a game-high five rebounds and helped her squad to beat UNCG on the boards 33-28.
VCU leads the all-time series 3-1 after Sunday’s matchup. The Rams have won the last three meetings with UNCG’s only win coming in the first ever contest between the two in 1984.
The Spartans return home to host Presbyterian Thursday, November 15, for Education Day. Tip-off is slated for 11 a.m. in Fleming Gymnasium.