GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (2-2) defeated Young Harris (1-4) 62-29 Tuesday in Fleming Gymnasium as sophomore forward Aja Boyd recorded a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in front of a record-crowd of 1,519 fans for Education Day.
Boyd added six steals, while junior guard Nadine Soliman led the team with a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
“We broke the attendance record on Education Day,” head coach Trina Patterson said. “It’s my favorite game of the year because of the energy in the gym. The kids are loud. So, we knew that the energy level was going to be high.
“I’m really proud of our defense. We set goals to see if we can force our will on our opponent and I thought today that we did that.”
The Spartans scored six of the first eight points in the first quarter to take a four-point lead, 6-2, with 8:03 remaining in the quarter, but Young Harris scored nine of the next 14 points to tie the game at 11 with 4:54 left. UNCG scored the next six points to take a six-point lead, 17-11, with 1:59 remaining, but a Young Harris basket with 1:10 left cut the first quarter lead to four points, 17-13.
The Mountain Lions started the second quarter with a made free throw, the only point for Young Harris in the quarter, as the Spartans scored the final 14 points to take a halftime lead of 17 points, 31-14.
Young Harris started the third quarter with two made throws to cut the lead to 15 points, 31-16, with 9:35 remaining in the quarter, but the Spartans scored 10 of the next 14 points to increase the lead to 21 points, 41-20, with 2:27 left. Young Harris scored four of the final five points to cut the lead to 18 points, 42-24 after the third quarter.
UNCG scored the first 17 points of the fourth quarter to take a 35-point lead, 59-24, with 4:09 remaining in the quarter, but the Mountain Lions scored five of the final eight points to cut the final deficit of 33 points.
In the two home games, the Spartans are averaging 77.0 points, while holding opponents to 26.0 points per game and winning by an average of 51.0 points.
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