UNCG tries for season sweep of Georgia Southern on Monday

UNCGSpartans.com 02-19-2012
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UNCG (4-22, 3-15 SoCon) at Georgia Southern (7-19, 3-14 SoCon), Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Statesboro, Ga.

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UNCG at Georgia Southern game notes


• UNCG heads to Statesboro, Ga., looking for a season sweep of Georgia Southern on Monday night. The Spartans will also attempt to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

• The Spartans snapped a nine-game losing streak Saturday at College of Charleston, getting 21 points from Breonna Patterson and a double-double from Janae' Stevenson (12 points, 10 rebounds) to pick up their first road win in league play. Natalie Headley was also in double figures with 11 points. UNCG went 9-for-10 from the free throw line in the final minute of play to ice the win.

• Stevenson's double-double was the first for UNCG in nearly a calendar year. Prior to Saturday, the Spartans' last double-double was by Stevenson (14 points, 15 rebounds) against Samford on Feb. 21, 2011.

• Patterson, a sophomore, leads UNCG in scoring with 10.9 points per game. Stevenson, who is the Spartans' second-leading scorer at 8.4 points per game, leads UNCG with 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 2.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

• 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 74.7 (65-for-87) at the stripe over the last four contests, raising its season average to 61.0 percent (199-for-326).

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 26 games for UNCG so far this season.

• Patterson has hit at least two 3-pointers in seven of her last nine games.

• UNCG leads the series with Georgia Southern, 20-15. The teams have split in each of the last three seasons, but the Spartans have a chance Monday for their first regular-season sweep since 2006-07.

• In this season's first meeting, Headley's putback jumper in the lane with just 2.2 seconds left capped a wild finish and lifted UNCG to a 55-54 win on Jan. 15. The Spartans led 50-36 with 5:21 left, but Janay Wilson's pair of free throws started a 13-1 run that saw Georgia Southern pull within two points with just over a minute to go. The Lady Eagles took a one-point lead on MiMi DuBose's layup with 13.2 seconds left, but Headley came up with an offensive rebound and hit the game-winner on the other end.

• In last season's contest in Statesboro, GSU took a 68-67 win on Feb. 5, 2011. After UNCG's Monique Floyd hit a go-ahead floater with just 4.7 seconds left, Meredyth Frye raced the length of the floor and hit a layup as time expired to give the Lady Eagles the win.

• The last six games in the series have been decided by eight points or fewer, while the last two have been decided by just one point each. The teams have split those last six, with UNCG's margin of victory in its three wins a mere 2.7 points per game.

• The Lady Eagles have lost seven straight since a two-game winning streak in late January. GSU, which won those two games by one point each, has been outscored by 23.7 points per game in its last three games.

• Despite its recent outcomes, GSU has been involved in several close games this season, with 10 being decided by six points or fewer. In the two games before picking up one-point wins over College of Charleston and Western Carolina, the Lady Eagles dropped consecutive one-point contests at Elon and UNCG on game-winning shots in the final three seconds.

• Georgia Southern dropped an 83-53 contest to Elon on Saturday, going scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half while the Phoenix turned in an 18-0 run to blow the game open. Frye led the Lady Eagles with 13 points, while DuBose had 11.

• Monday night will be GSU's Senior Night. The Lady Eagles will honor seniors Wilson and Samantha Williams prior to the contest.

• Frye leads Georgia Southern in scoring with 9.8 points per game, while DuBose is a close second at 9.0 points per game. Frye also leads the squad with 4.8 rebounds per contest. Wilson leads the Lady Eagles with 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

• UNCG can climb out of the SoCon cellar with a win Monday. The Spartans are a half a game behind the Lady Eagles in the league standings.

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