GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s basketball opens the 2016-17 Southern Conference season against the Furman Paladins on Thursday evening inside Timmons Arena. The Spartans enter the contest 9-6, and are currently on a four-game winning streak.
The winning streak is longest for the women’s basketball program since the 2010-11 season. The nine wins are the most in a non-conference season since 1997-98. The Spartans won the SoCon Tournament and earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament during that season.
Tomorrow’s action will have live audio streamed through Furman University athletics. There will also be live stats available. Links for each service are on the UNCG women’s basketball schedule page.
UNCG enters with the third ranked offense in the SoCon, averaging 66.4 points per game. The Spartans have outscored opponents by an average of 6.8 points, second best in the conference. The Blue and Gold have worked well on the glass, out rebounding opponents by an average of 5.8 rebounds per game, leading the league.
The freshmen tandem of Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) and Te’ja Twitty (Rutherford, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central) continue to pace the Spartan offense averaging 18.5, and 11.3 points per game, respectivley. Twitty leads the Spartans with 7.7 rebounds per game, ranking fifth in the conference.
Furman enters the Southern Conference season with a 6-9 record overall, and are 6-2 at home. The Paladins enter having won back-to-back games against Gardner-Webb and NC Central, both played inside Timmons Arena.
The Paladin defense is one of the top in the conference, holding opponents to a .351 shooting percentage. Furman leads the league with 29.1 defensive rebounds per game.
Furman has three players who average double-digit points this season, led by Whitney Bunn. The senior guard averages 15.3 points per game, to go with a team-high 4.8 assists per game. Cierra Carter scores an average of 11.3 points per game, and leads the Paladins with 8.7 rebounds per game. Le’Jzae Davidson tallies 10.4 points per game, and paces the Paladins with 39 made three-point field goals on the season.