Three Spartans Score in Double Figures in Women’s Basketball Road Win
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG improved to 7-0 all-time against North Carolina Central (1-8) with a 64-51 road win inside McDougald-McLendon Arena. Three Spartans scored in double figures with Nadine Soliman leading the squad with 19 points, four rebounds and four steals. UNCG improves to 6-6 overall and returns home to host Norfolk State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 21.
“Overall I am proud of our aggressiveness,” said head coach Trina Patterson. “I thought we played an aggressive game in a really tough environment. We are establishing our inside game; the fact that we had three players in double figures was encouraging. Alexis Pitchford had a great game, I thought she had a great game, she led our pace which was great and our inside attack was good. With those two things on a nightly basis we can be competitive in every game.”
UNCG came out hot in the first quarter, taking a 9-2 lead early, forcing NCCU into a time out. Te’ja Twitty and Soliman each chipped in eight and six points, respectively to give UNCG a 17-10 lead after the opening frame.
The Blue & Gold outscored the Eagles by three in the second quarter with Morgan Jones leading all scorers with 11 points for NCCU. The Spartans held a 38-28 advantage at the end of the first half.
The third quarter was the lowest scoring of the game, on both sides. North Carolina Central edged UNCG 9-8 in the period and had a 13-10 advantage in rebounds. UNCG entered the final frame with a nine-point lead, 46-37.
Despite closing the deficit to five points in the fourth quarter, NCCU was unable to close it out after the Spartans were successful at the free-throw line making 7-for-10 attempts at the charity stripe. The Blue & Gold held on for a 13-point victory.
UNCG shot 45.3 percent from the field and held NC Central to 30 percent and just 16.7 percent from three-point range. UNCG scored 44 points in the paint, twice as many as the Eagles and 21 points off of turnovers. NC Central had three players in double-figures and it’s bench scored nearly half of the team’s points (25).
Joining Soliman in double figures was Alexis Pitchford who had 14 points and six rebounds. Twitty also added 12 points and a game-best seven rebounds in the win. India Timpton had a six-point performance and recorded three blocks in the win.
The Spartans (6-6) head back to Fleming Gymnasium Wednesday for the final game before taking a short holiday recess. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.