Women’s Basketball Welcomes Record Crowd for Education Day
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team suffered 69-62 loss to Presbyterian (1-7) Thursday afternoon. The Blue & Gold welcomed a record 1,007 fans to Fleming Gymnasium for Education Day, surpassing the previous record of 903 set February 27, 2016. Nadine Soliman, the nation's leading freshman scorer had 24 points while Te'ja Twitty grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds while adding 14 points for her second career double-double. Jade Scaife was on the verge of her own double-double with nine points and and eight boards.
“I’m proud of our individual effort today,” said head coach Trina Patterson. “I thought that TT [Te’ja Twitty] had a solid game with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
We didn’t do a good job with our transition defense,” added Patterson. “I think we gave up 10 points in the first half; the second half did somewhat better. We did a good job on the boards but we weren’t aggressive enough and we need to get better at coming out more aggressive.”
The Blue & Gold trailed early after Presbyterian jumped out to a 9-0 start. Turnovers plagued the Spartans in the opening quarter while the Blue Hose capitalized on them, scoring nine of its 20 points off of turnovers. PC led 20-11 at the end of the first quarter with Cortney Storey leading all scorers with eight points. UNCG shot 28.6 percent in the quarter while Presbyterian shot 47.4 percent and 40 percent from behind the arc.
Presbyterian pulled ahead by as many as 12 in the second quarter but an eight-point performance by Nadine Soliman helped the Blue & Gold to cut the deficit to six, 31-25, at halftime. The Spartans improved to shoot 40 percent from the field in the second quarter while PC was just 23.5 percent from the field and 8.3 percent from three-point range.
UNCG was fierce after the break, outscoring the Blue Hose 19-15 to trail by two at the end of the third quarter. Soliman had six points in the frame while Te’ja Twitty added six points and seven rebounds when UNCG closed out the quarter on an 8-2 run.
The Spartans went on a 6-0 run to open the final stanza to take their first and only lead of the game at the 9:03 mark. But Presbyterian responded on a 13-2 run to regain control of the ballgame. With 2:11 to play in regulation a pair of free throws by Bailey Williams brought the game within three points but a layup by Storey made it a two-possession game once again. PC made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minute to hold on for the seven-point win.
UNCG shot 39 percent overall while PC shot 37.1 percent from the field. The Blue & Gold out-rebounded the Blue Hose 48-33 but 22 turnovers allowed PC to capitalize with 23 points off of TOs in the game.
“Tribute to Presbyterian today, they were a good team today and we have to use this as a teaching tool to move forward,” added Patterson.
“Today with it being our Education Day game, we are really proud of setting a new attendance record and want to say thank you to the cities of Greensboro and Burlington for allowing the middle schools to join us today.”
UNCG (5-6) heads to Durham, N.C., Sunday for a 6 p.m. tip-off at North Carolina Central. The Spartans will be back in action at home Wednesday, December 21 to face Norfolk State at 7 p.m.