HIGH POINT, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball junior forward Te’ja Twitty recorded a double-double as the Spartans (3-4) fell to High Point (4-3) 82-75 Saturday in Millis Center.
Twitty led the team with a game-high 11 rebounds and added 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor, while junior guard Nadine Soliman recorded a game-high 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-7 from downtown and added four rebounds and two assists.
Junior guards Cece Crudup and Mangela Ngandjui each recorded 14 points, while Ngandjui added six rebounds and junior guard Alexis Pitchford added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
High Point scored seven of the first 11 points of the first quarter to take a three-point lead, 7-4, with 6:27 remaining in the first quarter, but the Spartans scored eight of the next 10 points to take a three-point lead, 12-9, with 5:10 left. The Panthers scored eight of the next 10 points to take a three-point lead, 17-14, with 2:23 remaining, but both teams scored five points during the rest of the quarter as High Point took a three-point, 22-19, first quarter lead.
After a sophomore forward Aja Boyd layup to cut the lead to a point, 22-21, with 9:29 remaining in the second quarter, High Point hit a three-pointer to increase the lead to four points, 25-21, with 9:20 left. UNCG scored nine of the next 10 points to take a four-point lead, 30-26, with 8:05 remaining in the first half, but the Panthers scored 14 of the final 26 points to take a halftime lead of two points, 40-38.
A Crudup made layup to start the third quarter tied the game at 40 with 9:35 remaining in the quarter, but High Point scored the next 11 points to take an 11-point lead, 51-40, with 7:03 left. The Spartans scored 10 of the next 16 points to cut the lead to seven points, 57-50, with 2:47 remaining, but the Panthers scored nine of the final 13 points to increase the lead to 12 points, 66-54, after the third quarter.
The Spartans scored 14 of the first 25 points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to nine points, 77-68, with 4:40 remaining in the quarter, but High Point scored the next three points to increase the lead to 12 points, 80-68, with 3:44 left. UNCG scored seven of the final nine points to cut the final deficit to seven points.
The 82 points given up by the Spartans is the most this season and shot a season-high 48.1 percent and a season-high 50.0 percent from downtown.
The Spartans return home to face Lees-McRae Thursday at 7 p.m. in Fleming Gymnasium.
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