GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball junior guard Nadine Soliman hit a three-pointer as the time expired to give the Spartans (5-6) the 48-45 win over Liberty (2-8) Sunday in Fleming Gymnasium for the sixth consecutive home win.
Soliman led the Spartans with a game-high 14 points and added six rebounds, while junior forward Te’ja Twitty and sophomore forward Amesha Miller each recorded eight points. Miller shot 3-for-5 from the floor and added five rebounds, while sophomore forward Aja Boyd added seven points and four rebounds.
Liberty scored seven of the first nine points of the first quarter to take a five-point lead, 7-2, with 5:34 remaining in the quarter, but the Spartans scored the next four points to cut the lead to a point, 7-6, with 3:35 left. The Flames scored the final three points to take a four-point, 10-6, first quarter lead.
A made free throw by Liberty increased the lead to five points, 11-6, with 8:25 remaining in the second quarter, but the Spartans scored seven of the next nine points to tie the game at 13 with 5:18 left. The Flames scored the next two points to take a two-point lead, 15-13, with 3:59 remaining in the first half, but UNCG scored the final five points to take a halftime lead of three-points, 18-15.
Two made Soliman free throws to start the third quarter increased the Spartans lead to five points, 20-15, with 9:21 remaining in the quarter, but Liberty scored 11 of the next 17 points to tie the game at 26 with 5:46 left. UNCG scored nine of the final 14 points to take a four-point lead, 35-31, after the third quarter.
Liberty scored 12 of the first 18 points of the fourth quarter to take a two-point lead, 43-41, with 4:05 remaining in the quarter, but the Spartans scored the next four points to take a two-point lead, 45-43, with 1:13 left. A jumper by Liberty tied the game at 45 with seven seconds left, but Soliman’s three-pointer buzzer-beater went in to give the Spartans the three-point win.
The Spartans travel to Florida next weekend for two games against Eastern Michigan Thursday at 4:45 p.m. and Seton Hall Friday at 7 p.m.
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