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ASHEVILLE, N.C.  – An early lead for UNCG women's basketball secures a fourth straight win for the side on Friday, as the Spartans defeated the hosting UNC Asheville Bulldogs 67-40 on the night.

UNCG proved why its defensive numbers are ranked among the top teams in Division I in the early goings, holding the Bulldogs to just five points in the first quarter and 14 in the opening 20 minutes combined. The Spartans were dominant in the post throughout the matchup with Aja Boyd delivering two of her three blocks on the night in the first period. The junior forward nearly outscored the hosts in the first half, pouring in 12 points on five made field goals, in comparison to UNCA's 14 from five. 

UNCG would see its lead start to dwindle during the latter 20 minutes, but still managed to hold the Bulldogs to just 10 made field goals through the first three periods. Nadine Soliman dropped in seven of her 15 points in the second half to help retain her team's advantage, with the Spartans outscoring Asheville 28-26 in the latter 20 minutes, after taking a 25-point advantage into the halftime break.

With the Spartans' 67-40 win, the side moves to 5-2 on the year and extends their streak to four straight victories. Their five victories over the course of the first seven games of the season ties their best start to a campaign since 1991-92.

Three Things To Know
-- UNCA held the rebound advantage 44-41 on the night, but were outscored by the Spartans 36-14 in the paint

-- The Bulldogs only lead of the night came when the score was 2-0, from there on UNCG took a 3-2 advantage and held their lead for a full 38 minutes and 45 seconds

-- Three Spartans scored double-digit points on the night, with Soliman's 15 going down as a game-high. Crudup's 12 tie the season-high she recorded against Erskine just earlier in the week

Up Next For The Spartans
The Spartans will stay in state with another Big South foe this next Tuesday, facing off with hosts Campbell in Buies Creek at 7 p.m.

-- UNCG –