DURHAM N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (4-5) fell to North Carolina Central (1-7) 66-57 Wednesday in McDougald-McLendon Arena.
Junior guard Nadine Soliman led the Spartans with 13 points and added nine rebounds and three steals, while sophomore forward Aja Boyd added 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals and junior forward Mangela Ngandjui added eight points, five rebounds and three blocks.
North Carolina Central scored 12 of the first 20 points to take a four-point lead, 12-8, but a Pitchford layup cut the first quarter deficit to two points, 12-10.
The Eagles scored 12 of the first 14 points of the second quarter to take a 12-point lead, 24-12, with 4:32 remaining in the quarter, but UNCG scored seven of the next 11 points to cut the lead to nine points, 28-19, with 2:53 left in the first half. NCCU scored eight of the final 12 points to take a halftime lead of 13 points, 36-23.
The Spartans scored four of the first six points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 11 points, 38-27, with 6:19 remaining in the quarter, but NCCU scored 14 of the next 20 points to increase the lead to 19 points, 52-33, with 3:47 left. UNCG scored the next six points to cut the lead to 13 points, 52-39, with 1:55 left, but the Eagles scored four of the final five points of the quarter to take a third-quarter lead of 16 points, 56-40.
UNCG scored 11 of the first 13 points of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to seven points, 58-51, with 6:46 remaining in the quarter, but the Eagles scored the next four points to increase the lead to 11 points, 62-51, with 5:14 left. The Spartans outscored NCCU 6-4 during the rest of the quarter to cut the final deficit of nine points.
The Spartans return to the Triangle to face North Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill.