BUIES CREEK, N.C. – In a defensive battle, UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (3-3) fell short to Campbell (6-1) 53-49 Wednesday night in Gore Arena.
After missing the last two games, junior forward Te’ja Twitty led the team with a game-high 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the floor, a game-high nine rebounds and a game-high four steals. Her second rebound of the game was her 500th career rebound.
UNCG scored seven of the first nine points in the first quarter to take a five-point lead, 7-5, with 7:18 remaining in the quarter, but Campbell scored three of the next five points to cut the lead to a point, 9-8, with 3:34 left. The Spartans scored seven of the final eight points to a first-quarter lead of seven points, 16-9.
Campbell scored the first four points of the second quarter to cut the lead to three points, 16-13, with 6:42 remaining in the quarter, but a Twitty basket, gave the Spartans a five-point lead, 18-13, with 5:25 left in the first half. The Camels scored 10 of the next 15 points to take a five-point lead, 23-18, with 1:20, but a junior guard Mangela Ngandjui layup cut the halftime deficit to three points, 23-20.
The Spartans scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a four-point lead, 27-23, with 6:44 remaining in the quarter, but Campbell scored the next four points to tie the game at 27 with 5:22 left. UNCG scored six of the next nine points to take a three-point lead, 33-30, with 2:27 left, but the Camels scored seven of the final nine points to take a third-quarter lead of 37-35.
A Campbell three throw gave the Camels a three-point lead, 38-35, with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans scored seven of the next nine points to take a three-point lead, 42-39, with 4:32 left in the game. The Camels scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a five-point lead, 49-44, with 1:28 left. UNCG scored five of the next seven points to cut the lead to two points, but two Campbell free throws gave the Camels the four-point win.
The Spartans have lost by a combined 14 points in the three losses this season with a seven-point loss to Georgia State, a three-point loss to Appalachian State and a four-point loss to the Camels.
UNCG finishes the two-game road trip with a short trip to High Point, N.C., to face High Point Saturday at 5 p.m.
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