JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (8-13, 2-4) dropped a road Southern Conference matchup 85-76 to ETSU (5-17, 3-3) Thursday night at Brooks Gym. The Bucs went on a 9-1 run in the middle of the fourth quarter for a 12-point lead after the two teams traded baskets for most of the second half.
Trailing by six (35-29) at halftime, the Spartans opened the third quarter with a 10-3 run on three-pointers by Cece Crudup and Alexus Willey and a pair of field goals from Te'ja Twitty to claim its first lead of the game. The Bucs however quickly reclaimed its lead on the next possession that they would never relinquish it the rest of the way. ETSU held a two-possession lead for over nine-straight minutes before its fourth quarter run.
“I thought we had a really good third and fourth quarter, shooting 63 (10-16) and 53% (8-15),” said UNCG head coach Trina Patterson. “We made a great run after halftime. I like our press, and it caused a lot of turnovers (16). Actually, this is the second game where we've been able to press. I was quite pleased with the turnovers we caused, but we needed to do a better job of guarding the ball after the press.”
The first quarter featured runs by both teams. ETSU opened the game on a 10-2 run, UNCG responded with its own run of seven straight points, and the Bucs ended the quarter with 12 of the last 16 points scored.
“This team just didn't put it together to begin the game,” said Patterson. “We have to do a better job of starting the game, and that's what we need to do to get a win in our next game at Chattanooga.”
ETSU quickly built a 12-point lead in the beginning of the second quarter, but UNCG clawed back to a six-point deficit by getting into the bonus and making eight of 12 free throws.
Twitty (24), Nadine Soliman (22) and Aja Boyd (12) combined for 58 points, and Twitty (12 rebounds) and Soliman (10 rebounds) both collected double-doubles. Crudup dished out six assists with no turnovers while also getting a team-high two steals.
“Te’ja had a big game, that was huge for her,” said Patterson. “Aja Boyd has done a 360 in her free-throw shooting, almost shooting double in SoCon play than what she did before. She's been able to draw fouls. If we can score a point per possession, which is what happens when we get to the line, that's a pretty efficient offense. If we can continue that, we'll be pretty tough to play this next month. That's our goal is to keep moving up and getting better in the conference.”
UNCG closes out its road trip in the state of Tennessee on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Chattanooga.
News and Notes
- Soliman moved into fifth place all-time in career scoring with 1,394 points, passing Renee Coltrane (1981-85). She needs just 24 more points to move into fourth place ahead Brianne Dodgen (1998-2002).
- Soliman and Twitty have now recorded six double-doubles this season, tying for the team lead. Soliman has achieved the feat in four-straight games.
- Soliman entered the game leading the SoCon in defensive rebounds per game (6.2) and pulled down eight against the Bucs.
- Both teams scored 22 points in the third quarter, and ETSU had a three-point edge (28-25) in the fourth.
- The Spartans drew three more fouls (18-15), with the number being skewed by fouling at the end in their attempted comeback. They went 18-25 (72.0%) at the line. Boyd went 8-10 while Soliman made all eight of her attempts.
- Twitty went 11-20 from the field and pulled down a game-high six offensive rebounds.
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