Spartans head to Boone for showdown with first-place App State 02-09-2012

UNCG (3-20, 2-13 SoCon) at Appalachian State (19-3, 13-1 SoCon), Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m., Boone, N.C.

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UNCG at Appalachian State game notes


• UNCG heads to Boone, N.C., this weekend to take on Southern Conference leader Appalachian State in the Apps' Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game. The Mountaineers are ranked No. 9 in this week's Mid-Major Top 25.

 • The Spartans are in the midst of a brutal stretch of five games in 11 days. UNCG dropped contests to Western Carolina, Elon and Davidson in the first three games, which all took place in a five-day span. Following the Spartans' game at App State, UNCG will host Davidson on Tuesday in an ESPN3 game at Fleming Gymnasium, meaning the Spartans will face the top two teams in the league three times in a span of a week.

• The Spartans fell 71-52 at Davidson on Wednesday. Dayshaun Richbow scored a season-high 13 points off the bench to lead UNCG, while Janae' Stevenson and Sarah Folwell had nine points each. UNCG committed just seven turnovers in the contest.

• UNCG was 10-for-11 from the free throw line against the Wildcats, good for 90.9 percent. That was the Spartans' highest percentage in a game in which they had at least 10 attempts since a 15-for-16 showing (93.8) against Georgia Southern in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Championship on March 1, 2007.

• Sophomore guard Breonna Patterson leads UNCG in scoring with 10.1 points per game. Stevenson holds a narrow edge over freshman Jarae Savage for the team rebounding lead, with Stevenson pulling down 5.3 per game and Savage averaging 5.1 per contest. Stevenson is UNCG's second-leading scorer at 8.4 points per game. Richbow leads the team with 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

• Savage is on pace to become the first UNCG freshman to start every game of her rookie season since Amanda Eaton did so in 2001-02. Savage has started all 23 games for UNCG so far this season.

• The all-time series between UNCG and Appalachian State is tied at 28 apiece. The Mountaineers have won five straight games in the series and are going for their third straight season sweep Saturday.

• In this season's first meeting, the Mountaineers grabbed an 81-66 win in Greensboro on Jan. 9. Patterson scored a team-best 16 points for UNCG, which was within single digits of the Apps until a late-game push. Stevenson had 14 points for the Spartans, while Richbow had 12 and Natalie Headley added 10. Courtney Freeman scored a career-high 23 points to lead App State, which shot an impressive 70.4 percent from the floor in the second half (19-for-27) to withstand several UNCG rallies. Anna Freeman added 18 points, Maryah Sydnor had 12 and Catherine Williams had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the game's only double-double.

• In last season's meeting in Boone, UNCG held a 37-33 halftime lead but the Mountaineers rallied past the Spartans in the second half for the 80-57 win on Feb. 26 in the regular-season finale for both teams. Brey Dorsett led UNCG with 14 points, while Anna Freeman had a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Apps.

• Appalachian State, which is looking for its second straight SoCon regular-season title this season, has won eight straight contests heading into Saturday's meeting with UNCG. The Apps' lone league loss came at the hands of Davidson in Boone on Jan. 15, and their other two losses were to Virginia and then-No. 15 Georgia.

• The Mountaineers eased past Wofford on Wednesday, 75-46, to improve to 8-1 at home on the season. Anna Freeman paced four App players in double figures with 16 points, while Kelsey Sharkey had 12, Courtney Freeman scored 11 and Chakeitha Weldon had 10.

• Anna Freeman leads the SoCon in scoring (15.8 points per game), free throw percentage (70-for-78, .897, sixth nationally) and steals (3.8 per game, fourth nationally). Courtney Freeman is seventh in the SoCon at 12.1 points per game, while Sharkey leads ASU in rebounding with 7.2 per contest and Weldon paces the team with 2.9 assists per game.

• As a team, App leads the league in scoring offense (66.0 points per game), scoring margin (+10.2 points per game), rebounding offense (43.4 per game), rebounding defense (36.3 per game), rebounding margin (+7.0), assists (13.5 per game), steals (14.1 per game, second nationally) and turnover margin (+3.73).

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