Women’s Basketball Comes From Behind to Defeat Norfolk State 59-52
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team (7-6) earned a 59-52 come-from-behind victory to defeat Norfolk State (5-6) at home Wednesday night. The Blue & Gold was lead by Nadine Soliman who had 18 points while Te'ja Twitty and Alexis Pitchford added 12 and 11 points apiece.
“At the end of the day our team played with a lot of heart, a lot of grit and a lot of tenacity,” said head coach Trina Patterson. “I am so proud of them because of their never quit attitude. These are characteristics of a team that knows what it takes to win. They never gave up, never gave up and never gave up.
We know we had great individual performances but our defense was pretty good today. We had a great fourth quarter and a great team effort. Mango [Mangela Ngandjui] did a great job off the bench and showed a lot of promise. We are excited to have Mariah [Wilson] back as well.”
UNCG led by one, 18-17, at the end of the first quarter. The lead changed four times through the opening 10 minutes but it was the Blue & Gold who held the slight edge entering the second frame.
Norfolk State outscored UNCG 16-11 in the second quarter, pulling ahead by 4our at halftime, 33-29. Khalilah Ali led all scorers with seven points helping her team to shoot 46.2 percent from the field in the quarter.
NSU pulled head by nine in the third quarter when the Spartans opened with a 5-0 run. The Blue & Gold was able to cut it to seven, 42-35, as the two sets of Spartans entered the final quarter.
Back-to-back fast breaks by Pitchford to open the fourth quarter made it a one-possession game, at the 9:39 mark. UNCG tied it at 5:15 on the first of two good free throws by Pitchford, who took to the line after a technical foul on NSU’s Kayla Roberts.
A layup by Jordan Strode with 2:00 to go tied the game for the final time but UNCG was solid down the stretch making 5-of-6 of its final free throws, two of which were awarded after a technical on NSU’s bench.
Twenty-three of UNCG’s 24 points in the final quarter were scored by freshman.
Overall, UNCG shot 42.3 percent from the field in the win and out-rebounded Norfolk State 42-32. The lead changed 10 times in the game and the two teams combined for 14 blocks, with the Spartans accounting for six of them.
UNCG heads to a brief holiday break with a 7-6 record and will return to Fleming Gymnasium Wednesday, December 28, to host Eastern Kentucky at 7 p.m.-UNCG