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Women’s Basketball Drops 76-70 Overtime Decision At Wofford 01-25-2014

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team fell for the fifth-straight time Saturday afternoon, losing 76-70 in overtime to Wofford at Benjamin Johnson Arena.

The Spartans (5-14, 1-7 SoCon) were led in scoring by sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) who netted 20 points as the only UNCG player in double figures. Junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) chipped in with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds while freshman guard Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) added six assists. Logan Morris scored a career-high 26 points to lead Wofford (4-14, 2-6 SoCon) while Jordan Frazier netted 22 to help her team’s offensive efforts.

UNCG out-shot Wofford 42.0 percent to 39.7 percent while Wofford hit 24 of 34 free throw attempts and limited the Spartans to just 10 free throw attempts of which the Blue and Gold hit six. The Terriers also won the rebounding battle 41-39 and recorded 15 offensive rebounds. The teams combined for 60 turnovers, as UNCG was responsible for 32 of the miscues. That would lead to 34 points for Wofford who coughed up the ball 28 times itself.

Both teams struggled to find the basket in the first three minutes, but Wofford received a pair of three-point field goals from Logan Morris and Jordan Frazier to help give the Terriers an 8-3 lead at the 15:45 mark. UNCG was able to get out in transition for a stretch as two quick layups from Mason made the score 14-10 with 12:49 to play in the stanza.

The Spartan lead grew to 16-10 before a three by Morris stopped the run. UNCG would stay in front by two at 22-20 as time ticked down but a quick five points by the Terriers put them ahead 25-22 with 6:18 remaining. Wofford would keep the lead until the 3:47 mark when Williams hit a triple to give the Blue and Gold a 29-28 edge. A steal and score by freshman guard Whitney Coleman (Cary, N.C./Cary) extended the advantage to 31-28 with 2:02 to play. UNCG would not score again in the half as the Terriers netted the last four points to take a slim 32-31 lead at the break. The Spartans had three shots around the bucket as time expired but could not finish.

Mason led UNCG with nine points in the first 20 minutes while Morris and Frazier scored 12 and 11 respectively. The Spartans shot 50 percent in the half (14-of-28) and limited Wofford to 34.5 percent (10-of-29), but the Blue and Gold turned the ball over 17 times which led to 14 points for the home team. The Terriers picked up 19 rebounds, 10 offensive, as compared to UNCG’s 16. A big difference in the half was the foul situation as the Spartans were whistled for 13 fouls and six UNCG players committed two fouls each. As such, Wofford hit eight of 12 shots from the free throw line while the Blue and Gold did not go to the line a single time.

UNCG tied the game at 33 early in the second half, but the Terriers eventually edged out to a 43-39 lead after a pair of free throws by Aliyah Johnson at the 11:45 mark. With the contest tied at 43 later on, the Spartans turned the ball over on consecutive possessions leading to easy scores for the Terriers as they took a 47-43 cushion and forced a UNCG timeout.

Mason scored four quick points on a jumper and two free throws with 8:41 left on the clock, but the Blue and Gold could not stop Wofford from taking the lead back as the Terriers netted the next five points to take a 52-47 cushion at 7:31.

The Spartans did not quit, however, battling all the way back to take a 54-52 edge after a three-point play by Mason with 5:50 on the clock. The teams battled back and forth down the stretch but neither squad could pull away from the other as the game went to overtime with the score knotted at 61.

UNCG scored first in the extra session, but Wofford hit a three-point field goal to seize the momentum back. The Spartans could not get on track, coming only as close as 73-70 the rest of the way as the Terriers went on to claim the six-point win.

The Blue and Gold returns to the court Monday at Furman in a 7 p.m. tip at Timmons Arena. 

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