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UNCG hosts Davidson on Tuesday in ESPN3 contest

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Release: February 12, 2012
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UNCG (3-21, 2-14 SoCon) vs. Davidson (17-7, 13-2 SoCon), Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

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Video: ESPN3

UNCG vs. Davidson game notes

Date Night Promotion: Parents, if you buy a ticket to Tuesday's game, UNCG will watch your children from 5-7 p.m., leaving you free to go grab dinner before the game. Reservations must be made with Michael Ehmke by 5 p.m. Monday. He can be reached at 336-334-3250 or maehmke@uncg.edu.

Storylines

• UNCG hosts Davidson at Fleming Gymnasium on Tuesday to conclude a stretch of five games in 11 days and trying to split the season series with the Wildcats. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

 • UNCG dropped contests to Western Carolina, Elon, Davidson and Appalachian State to open the stretch, with the first three coming in a five-day span. With games against Davidson, App and the Wildcats again on the back end of the stretch, UNCG will have faced the top two teams in the Southern Conference three times in just seven days.

• SoCon leader Appalachian State took a 79-60 win over UNCG on Saturday in Boone, N.C. UNCG's Jazz Weaver matched her career high with 13 points, while Natalie Headley added 10. Sidnei Harmon and Jarae Savage had nine points each, while Janae' Stevenson nearly had a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds. After trailing by 16 at the half, the Spartans nearly matched App point-for-point in the second frame.

• After shooting 81.0 percent from the free throw line Saturday at Appalachian State (17-for-21), UNCG is 27-for-32 in its last two games, good for 84.4 percent. UNCG had been shooting 57.0 percent from the line in its first 22 games but has seen its season percentage increase to 59.9 percent after the last two.

• UNCG was 10-for-11 from the free throw line against the Wildcats on Wednesday, 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 Savage for the team rebounding lead, with Stevenson pulling down 5.5 per game and Savage averaging 5.1 per contest. Stevenson is UNCG's second-leading scorer at 8.4 points per game. Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 2.6 assists and 1.5 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 24 games for UNCG so far this season.

• UNCG leads the all-time series with Davidson, 28-15, but the Wildcats have won the last two. After the teams played a pair of one-point games last season, each winning on the other's court, the Wildcats took a 71-52 win on Wednesday. In an odd scheduling quirk this season, UNCG and Davidson play twice in a span of three games.

• Richbow scored a season-high 13 points off the bench to lead UNCG in Wednesday's game at Davidson, while Stevenson and Sarah Folwell had nine points each. UNCG committed just seven turnovers in the contest. Laura Murray scored a game-best 20 points for Davidson, which also got 16 points and eight rebounds from Sophia Aleksandravicius. Murray matched her season high with six 3-pointers, going 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.

• In last season's meeting in Greensboro, 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 as the Spartans dropped a 53-52 contest on Jan. 25, 2011. Aleksandravicius led Davidson with 20 points, while Stevenson paced UNCG with 13.

• Davidson, which is also wrapping up a stretch of five games in 11 days, has won six straight since an eight-point setback to Samford on Jan. 21. Since then, the Wildcats have beaten Chattanooga, Furman, College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, UNCG and Elon.

• The Wildcats handed Appalachian State its lone league loss on Jan. 15, topping the Mountaineers 55-52 in Boone.

• Against Elon on Saturday, Davidson scored 50 second-half points to race past the Phoenix, 78-51. Murray had a game-high 19 points, while Aleksandravicius and Barbara Sitton added 13 each.

• Murray leads Davidson in scoring with 15.5 points per game, while Aleksandravicius, the SoCon Preseason Player of the Year, is second at 14.1 points per game and leads the league with 9.2 rebounds per game. Murray and Aleksandravicius are 3-4 in the league in scoring.

• Murray is third nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (44.6) and Aleksandravicius is seventh nationally in blocked shots at 3.3 per game.

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