Pitchford Scores Career High, Twitty & Soliman Score 20 Points Each in UNCG Win
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Wednesday night the UNCG women’s basketball team 98-6) won its third-straight game with a 81-66 come-from-behind win over Eastern Kentucky inside Fleming Gymnasium. Both Nadine Soliman and Te'ja Twitty had 20-point performances marking the second time this season a pair of Spartans have logged a score in the same game. Additionally, Alexis Pitchford was a point shy of reaching 20 as well but still set a career-high with 19 points, five assists and a steal.
“We have a lot of versatility in our guard play tonight,” said head coach Trina Patterson. “Our guards were able to drive and attack the basket today, that is something we have been focusing on. We made 33 trips to the free throw line, that’s up there. Tonight we made steps in getting better with post entries from the wing and I am really proud of that.
We need to continue working on scoring a point per possession and being versatile. Te’ja [Twitty] and India [Timpton] did a really good job at finishing on the inside tonight,” Patterson added. “It’s great to have Mariah [Wilson] showing progress as she is healthy and active on the court. Alexis [Pitchford] had a career-high 19 points tonight; she had a great game.”
Soliman put up seven points to lead all scorers in the first quarter. She helped the Spartans shoot 47.1 percent from the field and connected on the only three-point basket of the Blue & Gold’s two attempts. Eastern Kentucky was lethal from the field however, shooting 57.9 percent with two players, Alexus Cooper and Jalen O’Bannon, shooting 3-of-4 from the floor. EKU held a 25-19 lead after the first quarter.
The Blue & Gold continued its sharp shooting in the second quarter connecting on 45.5 percent of its attempts. Soliman once again led all scorers with eight points while the Spartans outscored EKU 20-15 to tie the game 39-all at halftime. UNCG held EKU scoreless for the final 2:27 of the half until a Colonels trey at the buzzer evened the scoreboard.
UNCG’s offense erupted in the third quarter, the Spartans shot 50 percent from the field and outscored EKU 24-10. Eastern Kentucky took the lead to open the frame but only held it for a short while as UNCG regained the lead quickly. Pitchford led all scorers in the third quarter with eight points.
The Spartans had their lowest shooting quarter of the game connecting on 40 percent of their field goals. Key free throw shooting, 6-of-7 down the stretch helped UNCG hold a 10-point cushion and cruise to its third consecutive win, 81-66.
UNCG took 33 trips to the free throw line in the win, connecting on 25 to shoot 65.8 percent from the charity stripe. The Blue & Gold won the battle on the backboards out rebounding EKU 37-33 and also forced 20 Colonel turnovers.
The Spartans head west to Friday, December 30, to face Triad foe High Point at 7 p.m. for the final non-conference game of the season.