Thriller in the Triad: Women’s Basketball Beats High Point
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team defeated High Point in overtime, 69-67, to win its ninth game of the season. It marks the first time UNCG has won nine games in non-conference play since 1997-98 as the Spartans head into Southern Conference play 9-6. Nadine Soliman scored a career-high 32 points, which ranks ninth all-time in single game performances at UNCG.
“This concludes our non-conference schedule and I am really proud our players,” said head coach Trina Patterson. “We have shown that we can be very good on both ends of the floor and have some individual excellence like how Nadine [Soliman] scored 32 points tonight. She is a worker and she is passionate about basketball so we are really proud of her. The defensive double double performance by Te’ja [Twitty] tonight shows how she has really found her niche for a undersized post.
We had great leadership on and off the court tonight. India [Timpton]’s play was awesome and with our other leader Jade [Scaife] sidelined with injury right now, India has really stepped up.
Tonight we played with heart and determination tonight and I am very proud of that.”
UNCG took an early lead but an 8-2 run by High Point put the Panthers ahead 8-4 in the first half. Soliman led the team with five points as the Spartans trailed 15-10 at the end of the opening frame. UNCG kept it close in the second quarter, tying the game on three occasions but trailed 36-30 at the end of the first half.
High Point shot 50 percent, 6-for-12, from three-point range in the first half. The Panthers were led by Kaylah Keys who had 10 points while Soliman had a team-best 14 points.
The Blue & Gold opened the third quarter rejuvenated. The Spartans outscored HPU 23-10 in the frame and opened the quarter on a 23-5 run. UNCG shot 58.8 percent from the field in the third quarter and held HPU to 33.3 percent.
In the fourth, High Point came back, outscoring UNCG 16-9 and tying the game with two minutes to play. The Spartans were relentless and continued to battle every possession. With 5.6 seconds left on the clock, the Blue & Gold had one last opportunity but after a 30-second timeout to draw up the play, the shot rimmed out as the buzzer sounded with the game tied 62-all.
UNCG came up big in overtime, outscoring the Panthers 7-5 and shutting down a last shot opportunity for High Point. Soliman had six of UNCG’s seven points in the final five minutes of play.
Te’ja Twitty had a double double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and two steals. Twitty led the squad in rebounds but every member of UNCG’s team that saw action in Friday’s game, grabbed a rebound.
UNCG improves to 13-12 all-time against the Panthers and has won the last two meetings.
The Spartans open up Southern Conference play on the road at Furman, Thursday, January 5.