GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s basketball hits the road for a Friday night contest against the Norfolk State Spartans at Joseph G. Echols Memorial Hall. The Blue and Gold enter Friday’s game at 4-6 and Norfolk State is 3-5 on the season. UNCG has won the last three over Norfolk State, but have lost five consecutive games this season. NSU is coming off of an 86-76 victory over Towson at home Tuesday night and is 1-2 at home this season.
Live stats and a video stream will be available for Friday’s contest. Links for these services are located on the UNCG women’s basketball schedule page. The video stream is available via Spartan Showcase Video and the Spartan Sports Network via NSUSpartans.com. The video stream will require a one-time purchase to view.
UNCG and Norfolk State has battled five times with the Blue and Gold holding a 3-2 advantage. UNCG gained the edge last season, defeating NSU 59-52 in Fleming Gym. UNCG has won the last three meetings, with the Blue and Gold taking the last meeting in Echols Hall, November 20th 2013, 73-66.
Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) and Alexus Willey (Waldorf, Md./Riverdale Baptist) lead UNCG’s offense with 13.3 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Both have earned double-digit assists, with Willey earning 11 and Soliman dishing out 10. Defensively, Soliman leads the team with 15 steals and has blocked two shots. Willey has blocked six shots and recorded eight steals.
Current SoCon Player of the Week Ije Ajemba (Lanham, Md./Old Dominion) leads UNCG on the glass. Ajemba pulls down a SoCon-best 10.8 rebounds per game and chips in 8.9 points per game. Her rebounds per game average ranks 19th in the nation and her 108 total rebounds also ranks 19th. She ranks 25th in the nation with 7.0 defensive rebounds per game. Ajemba recorded her third double-double of the season last week at No. 14 Duke, hauling down 14 rebounds and adding 13 points in a loss.
Norfolk State was picked to finish fourth in the Mideastern Athletic Conference. NSU defeated VCU in Richmond, Virginia to start the season and knocked off St. Francis Brooklyn at the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament before earning its first home win Tuesday night.
The NSU defense averages 8.6 blocks per game, the most of any team in the country. Khadedra Croker leads NSU with 27 blocks, averaging 3.4 per game. Kayla Roberts swatted 16 opponent shots and Kendrea Dawkins altered 10 opponent shots on the season.
On the offensive side, Norfolk State has three players who average double figures. Gabrielle Swinson only played in the Towson game, but scored 18 points in the victory. The senior played in 20 games as a junior, with 14 starts. Last season she averaged 10.0 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. Raven Russell and Kayla Roberts add 12.5 and 12.3 points per game, respectively. Roberts is tough on the boards, hauling down 7.0 rebounds per game. Alexys Long adds 6.6 per game and Swinson hauled down six against Towson.