GREENVILLE, S.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (6-10, 0-1 Southern Conference) fell to Furman (9-7, 1-0 SoCon) 64-61 Thursday night in Timmons Arena as junior guard Te’ja Twitty recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Junior guard Nadine Soliman recorded a game-high 26 points, shooting 8-for-18 from the floor, with four rebounds and two steals, while sophomore guard Cece Crudup recorded nine points and seven rebounds and junior guard Alexis Pitchford recorded six points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists.
Furman scored 12 of the first 17 points of the game to take a seven-point lead, 12-5, with 4:15 remaining in the opening quarter, but the Spartans scored the final four points to cut the lead to three points, 12-9, after the first quarter.
The Paladins scored four of the first six points of the second quarter to take a five-point lead, 16-11, with 8:05 remaining in the first half, but UNCG scored 13 of the next 16 points to take a five-point lead, 24-19, with 1:36 left. Furman scored the final three points to cut the lead halftime lead to two points, 24-22.
A Twitty made free throw to begin the third quarter gave the Spartans a three-point lead, 25-22, with 9:41 remaining in the quarter, but Furman scored the next four points to take a point lead, 26-25, with 7:59 left. UNCG scored the next nine points to take an eight-point lead, 34-26, with 5:13 left, but the Paladins scored the next seven points to cut the lead to a point, 34-33, with 3:55 remaining.
The Spartans scored the next four points to increase the lead to five points, 38-33, with 1:53 remaining in the third quarter, but Furman scored seven of the final nine points to tie the game at 40 after the third quarter.
A Pitchford layup to start the fourth quarter gave the Spartans a two-point lead, 42-40, with 9:18 remaining in the quarter, but Furman scored 23 of the next 37 points to take a seven-point lead, 63-56, with 32 seconds left in the game. UNCG scored five of the final six points to cut the final deficit to three points.
The Spartans remain in South Carolina to face Wofford Saturday at 2 p.m. in Spartanburg before starting a three-game homestand.
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