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Spartans embark on final regular-season road trip

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Release: February 17, 2012
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UNCG (3-22, 2-15 SoCon) at College of Charleston (6-20, 5-12 SoCon), Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Charleston, S.C.

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UNCG at College of Charleston game notes

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• UNCG hits the road for its final regular-season road swing this weekend, starting with Saturday's contest at College of Charleston as the Spartans seek a season split with the Cougars.

• UNCG staged an impressive second-half comeback to whittle a 25-point deficit down to just five but couldn't complete the rally, falling to Davidson 58-49 in Southern Conference action Tuesday at Fleming Gymnasium in an ESPN3 contest. Breonna Patterson scored a game-high 16 points, while Natalie Headley added 13.

• Patterson, a sophomore, leads UNCG in scoring with 10.4 points per game. Classmate Janae' Stevenson, who is the Spartans' second-leading scorer at 8.2 points per game, leads UNCG with 5.4 rebounds per game. Junior Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

• UNCG has used 13 different starting lineups in 25 contests this season.

• The Spartans seem to have turned things around at the free throw line late in the season. After shooting just 56.1 percent (134-for-239) through the first 21 games, UNCG is shooting 73.5 (50-for-68) at the stripe over the last four contests, raising its season average to 59.9 percent (184-for-307).

• UNCG was 10-for-11 from the free throw line against Davidson on Feb. 8, 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.

Jarae 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 25 games for UNCG so far this season.

• UNCG leads the series with College of Charleston, 21-12. After a stretch in which the Cougars won five out of six, the Spartans won both games last year.

• In this season's first meeting, UNCG held a one-point lead with less than four minutes to go, but College of Charleston finished the contest on a 13-2 run to take a 52-42 win over the Spartans at Fleming Gymnasium on Jan. 13. Alyssa Frye scored a game-high 14 points for CofC, while Patterson had nine points to lead UNCG. Stevenson pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds. The contest featured five ties and 15 lead changes.

• In last season's contest in Charleston, S.C., the Spartans took a 50-45 win on Jan. 15, 2011, winning a road game in the series for the first time since 2006 and picking up their first win in TD Arena. Monique Floyd had a game-high 18 points for UNCG and Richbow iced the game at the free throw line with nine seconds left. Janae Smith had 13 points to pace the Cougars.

• When UNCG and CofC met for the first time this season, both teams entered on eight-game losing streaks. This time, UNCG has lost nine straight, while the Cougars have lost five straight.

• CofC won three games in an eight-game span in late January, topping Wofford, Western Carolina and Georgia Southern in that order.

• In a 70-56 loss at Samford on Monday, Latisha Harris posted her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Megan Fischer added 12 points. The Cougars held a 50-33 rebounding edge and a 21-4 advantage in second-chance points, but Samford hit 12 3-pointers (eight in the first half) and held College of Charleston to just 26.2 percent shooting.

• Latisha Harris leads the Cougars in scoring and rebounding at 8.6 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game. Jillian Brown is third in the SoCon at 4.2 assists per game and leads CofC with 2.2 steals per game.

• While 10 of the 11 members of the CofC roster have started at least one game, five have started 20 or more. Brown and Cathryn Hardy have started all 26.

• CofC scores just 46.0 points per game, the second-worst mark in the nation among Division I schools, but the Cougars allow just 56.3 points per game, which is 55th nationally.

• College of Charleston coach Nancy Wilson, who will retire at the end of this season, will be honored Saturday. Wilson is wrapping up her 30th year as a collegiate head coach and her 17th at CofC. She enters Saturday's contest with 541 career wins (310 at CofC).

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