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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The day after beginning regular season practice, head coach Trina Patterson has announced the 2017-18 women’s basketball team captains. One of the nation’s youngest teams will have two sophomore captains in Alexis Pitchford (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) and Te’ja Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central). The two were named captains after a vote conducted by their teammates and coaching staff.

“I’m very excited about this season’s captains.” Coach Patterson said, “Alexis (Pitchford) and Te’ja (Twitty) have demonstrated their leadership abilities last season and in preseason this year. They put the team first and are very hard workers. I’m excited about the leadership abilities they have shown so far in their young careers. They are talented, disciplined and very passionate about this game. Most importantly, they are good teammates. To be young and leaders will be a challenge, but they’ll be up for it.”

Twitty is a member of the 2016-17 Southern Conference All-Freshman team. She started 31 games, appearing in all 35 for the Spartans last season. The sophomore averaged 9.6 points per game and led the team with 7.9 rebounds per game. Her points per game average ranked 19th in the league while her rebounding was fourth-best in the SoCon.

Pitchford appeared in 35 games, making 34 starts. The point guard averaged 6.4 points per game and dished out 100 assists, 2.9 per game. She ranked seventh in the SoCon in assists per game. She recorded 101 rebounds and shot a team-best .814 from the free throw line.

UNCG women’s basketball gets the 2017-18 season started November 10th as it hosts Southern Wesleyan at 7 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium.