GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (9-15, 3-6 Southern Conference) fell to Furman (14-10, 6-3) on Alumni Day Saturday at Fleming Gym. Holding the lead for the last 34 minutes of the game, the Paladins used an 8-0 late in the fourth quarter to stymie a Spartans’ comeback attempt.
“We lacked some energy and intensity today,” said UNCG head coach Trina Patterson. “We have to bring that and play defense every day. We could have done a better job of keeping their guards out of the paint. They also did a pretty good job of getting paint touches. We just needed to do a better job on the defensive end, especially on a tough shooting day like it was.”
Leading by three points at halftime, Furman opened the third quarter with an 8-3 run and lead by at least three possessions the rest of the game. The Paladins ended up outscoring UNCG 22-13 in the quarter, which was the only quarter Furman managed to score more than 13 points.
UNCG opened the game with a 7-3 run, but Furman responded with a 10-0 run to claim a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“We got one of the best players in the league (Celena Taborn) out early with two fouls, and limited her to single-digits,” said Patterson. “What we didn't though is play for the entire game.”
Nadine Soliman led the Spartans with a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds. Aja Boyd was the only other Spartan to reach double-figures in scoring with 12 points to go along with six boards and a game-high four steals.
UNCG heads out onto the road next week starting with Mercer Thursday at 7 p.m.
News and Notes
- The game was Alumni Day for the Spartans. The former members of the program who were able to make the game where honored before the game on the court and then have a dinner with the current players after the game.
- With 1433 career points, Soliman now needs 34 points to move into third place ahead of Melinda Goodson (1996-2000) in all-time career scoring in program history.
- Furman went 8-17 (47.1%) from three while UNCG was just 2-12 (16.7%).
- The Spartans recorded 13 offensive rebounds, leading to a 13-4 advantage in second chance points.
- UNCG had nine steals on 13 turnovers by Furman while only committing nine itself.
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