Women's Basketball Returns Home to Take on Wofford Thursday Night
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s basketball is back in action Thursday night as it hosts the Wofford Terriers at 7 in Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans dropped their two Southern Conference matchups last weekend on the road while Wofford split its two SoCon games. Overall, UNCG enters at 6-11 and Wofford is 7-9.
There will be live stats and a video stream available for tomorrow’s contest. Stats will be available via uncgstats.com. The video stream will feature Kenny Mann on the call on the SoCon Digital Network.
This is the 46th meeting all-time between the Spartans and Terriers, with UNCG holding a 33-12 advantage. The teams split its meetings last year with each team winning on its home floor. The Spartan victory came in the second meeting of the year, snapping a three-game Wofford winning streak. The three-game winning streak was the longest for the Terriers in the series.
UNCG’s offense ranks fifth in the SoCon, averaging 63.6 points per game and is third in the league shooting 41-percent from the field. The Spartans continue the trait of being tough on the glass, outrebounding opponents by 4.5 per game. UNCG grabs an average of 12.2 offensive rebounds per game and outscore opponents 203-134. UNCG has an advantage in the paint, outscoring opponents by an average of 7.5 points per game.
Three players score in double figures to lead the Spartan offense. Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) leads the team with a 13.1 points per game average. The sophomore guard also leads the team and ranks ninth in the SoCon with 23 steals on the season. Alexus Willey is third on the team with a 10.9 points per game average and leads the team with 27 made 3-pointers.
UNCG’s lone senior has made a mark on the Spartans in her first season. Ije Ajemba (Lanham, Md./Old Dominion) leads the SoCon with 11.8 rebounds per game and chips in 11.5 points per game. Ajemba leads the SoCon in all individual rebounding categories as the Spartans outrebound their opponents by an average of 4.5 per game. Nationally, Ajemba ranks 11th in rebounds per game, 17th in double-doubles (8), 28th in offensive rebounds (4.0), 13th in defensive rebounds (8.0) and 7th in total rebounds (201).
Wofford enters Thursday’s game winning two of its last three and splitting its first two Southern Conference games. Opening SoCon play at home, the Terriers lost to Mercer, 71-46 Thursday, but rebounded to defeat Samford, 58-46 Saturday afternoon.
The Wofford offense is fourth in the league with a 64.4 points per game average and is sixth in the league with a -1.9 scoring margin. The Terriers shoot 37-percent from the field and 30-percent from 3-point range. Wofford is one of just three SoCon teams with a positive turnover margin at +2.5. Wofford has done a good job taking care of the basketball, surrendering just 199 turnovers, second-best in the league. The Terriers have also earned a 1.0 assist/turnover ratio, dishing out 194 assists on the season.
Chole Wanink led the Terriers with a 22.1 points per game average, but has missed the last nine games. In that time, Cairo Booker and Da’Ja Green have tried to pick up the slack. Booker started all 16 games averaging 10.6 points per game. Booker shoots 39-percent from the field and has grabbed 84 rebounds. Green scores 10.4 points per game and leads the Terriers with a 4.7 assists per game average. Green has started all 16 games and shoots 26-percent from 3-point range. Emily Ryan leads the Terriers with 25 3-pointers this season, scoring an average of 5.9 points per game. Marissa Bayer leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, grabbing 102 total boards.
Since Wanink got injured, the Terriers have gone 3-6. Immediately following her absence, the Terriers went 1-4, including a 16-point loss at Coastal Carolina. The Terriers scoring dipped to 48.8 points per game as they continue to find their stride with Wanink out.