Spartans head to Davidson for third game in five days
UNCG (3-19, 2-12 SoCon) at Davidson (15-7, 11-2 SoCon), Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Davidson, N.C.
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• In the middle of one of its toughest stretches of the season, UNCG returns to action at Davidson on Wednesday for its third game in five days.
• Further adding to the difficulty of UNCG's current spot in the schedule is that the Spartans' next three games are against opponents in the top two in the Southern Conference standings. In addition to facing second-place Davidson twice in a span of seven days, UNCG will also take on first-place Appalachian State this weekend. The Spartans host Davidson on Feb. 14, bringing their total to five games in 11 days.
• The Spartans fell 69-50 to Elon on Monday, going without a field goal for the final 5:13. The Phoenix ended the contest on a 28-9 run after the teams were tied at 41 midway through the second half. Natalie Headley scored a team-high 14 points for UNCG but was the only Spartan in double figures.
• Sophomore guard Breonna Patterson leads UNCG in scoring with 10.1 points per game. Janae' Stevenson holds a narrow edge over freshman Jarae Savage for the team rebounding lead, with Stevenson pulling down 5.4 per game and Savage averaging 5.3 per contest. Stevenson is UNCG's second-leading scorer at 8.4 points per game. Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
• UNCG leads the all-time series with Davidson, 28-14. The Spartans won 21 of the first 25 meetings, but the Wildcats are 10-7 since then, including wins in three of the last four meetings. The teams split last season, each winning on the road by one point. UNCG took a 59-58 win in Davidson, N.C., on Dec. 31, 2010, but the Wildcats earned their revenge with a 53-52 win in Greensboro on Jan. 25, 2011.
• In the last meeting, Davidson's Kristen Johnsen hit the front end of a two-shot foul with 44 seconds left to put the Wildcats on top and UNCG had four chances for the go-ahead bucket on the other end but could not convert. Richbow got off a pair of shots, Monique Floyd missed a jumper and Davidson's Sophia Aleksandravicius blocked a Stevenson attempt at the buzzer as the Spartans fell just short of the season sweep of Davidson. Aleksandravicius scored a game-high 20 points, while Stevenson led UNCG with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
• In last season's meeting in Davidson, Amanda Leigh scored a game-high 18 points and the Spartans forced a critical turnover with less than two seconds left to secure the win. The contest was a wild one, featuring 10 ties and 16 lead changes. Laura Murray led Davidson with 14 points.
• Davidson is one of the hottest teams in the SoCon, having won 13 of its last 16 contests. The Wildcats' lone league losses have come at the hands of Samford and Wofford, while Davidson is the only team to beat Appalachian State in conference play so far this season, doing so on the road on Jan. 15.
• The Wildcats won their fourth straight on Monday, topping Georgia Southern by a 69-62 score on the road. Murray celebrated her birthday with a game-high 17 points, while Aleksandravicius had 14 and Barbara Sitton added 10.
• Aleksandravicius, the SoCon's preseason player of the year, nearly averages a double-double with 14.1 points per game and a SoCon-best 9.3 rebounds per game. She has posted a league-best nine double-doubles this season. Also the league's player of the month for November and January, Aleksandravicius blocks 3.4 shots per game, the sixth-best mark in the nation.
• Murray leads the Wildcats in scoring at 15.1 points per contest and is 11th nationally in 3-point percentage at 42.5 percent. Murray and Aleksandravicius are 3-4 in the SoCon scoring.
• Sitton leads the team with 4.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game.
• As a team, Davidson leads the SoCon and is 26th nationally with 5.2 blocked shots per game. The Wildcats are second in the SoCon in scoring offense (64.1 points per game), scoring margin (+6.2), field goal percentage (.415), assists (13.2 per game) and steals (10.4 per game).
• Davidson is 9-1 at home this season, with a 6-1 league mark in Belk Arena.
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