UNCG hosts Wofford for Senior Night

UNCGSpartans.com 02-26-2012
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UNCG (4-23, 3-16 SoCon) vs. Wofford (11-17, 4-15 SoCon), Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium, Senior Night

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UNCG vs. Wofford game notes


• UNCG welcomes Wofford to Fleming Gymnasium on Monday in its final contest of the regular season. The Spartans will honor Amy Clapper, Sarah Folwell and Jazz Weaver in a Senior Night ceremony prior to the game.

• UNCG is playing for its Southern Conference tournament seed. The Spartans are currently 11th in the league at 3-16 in SoCon play, a game back of Wofford and Georgia Southern, who are both 4-15. The only way UNCG can move up in the seeding is with a win over Wofford and a Georgia Southern loss. That would create a three-way tie at 4-16, with each team splitting with each other. The tiebreaker would then go to the top of the standings and work its way down, with Wofford winning the tiebreaker and the No. 9 seed by virtue over its win over Davidson earlier in the season. UNCG would then win the tiebreaker with Georgia Southern and the No. 10 seed by virtue of its win over Samford, which swept the Lady Eagles.

• The Spartans fell 59-47 at Georgia Southern on Feb. 20, shooting just 34.6 percent from the floor for the game. UNCG briefly held a one-point lead in the first half, but the Lady Eagles finished the opening frame on an18-6 run and never trailed again. Breonna Patterson had 11 points and Folwell added 10 points and seven rebounds, both season bests and one off her career highs in both categories.

• Patterson, a sophomore, leads UNCG in scoring with 11.0 points per game. Sophomore Janae' Stevenson, who is the Spartans' second-leading scorer at 8.3 points per game, leads UNCG with 5.6 rebounds per game. Junior Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 2.5 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 (71-for-95) at the stripe over the last six contests, raising its season average to 61.4 percent (205-for-334).

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 27 games for UNCG so far this season.

• Patterson has hit at least two 3-pointers in eight of her last 10 games.

• Stevenson's double-double against College of Charleston on Feb. 18 (12 points, 10 rebounds) was the first for UNCG in nearly a calendar year. Prior to then, the Spartans' last double-double was by Stevenson (14 points, 15 rebounds) against Samford on Feb. 21, 2011.

• UNCG leads the series with Wofford, 28-6, but the Terriers have won two straight and four of the last six.

• In this season's first meeting, UNCG got a career-high 16 points from Stevenson but it was not enough as the Spartans fell on the road on Dec. 17, 62-47. Weaver matched her career high with 13 for the Spartans, who were playing without leading scorer Patterson. Logan Morris fell a point shy of her career high with 16 to lead the Terriers. Danielle Motley had 14, while Morgan Wrightson's 12 and Rachel Brittenham's 11 gave the Terriers four players in double figures.

• In last season's contest in Greensboro, Monique Floyd scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her third career double-double and UNCG capitalized on 28 Wofford turnovers to open SoCon play with an 80-67 win on Dec. 18, 2010.

• Wofford has lost five straight since a 14-point win over Samford on Feb. 6. Since then, the Terriers have dropped contests to Appalachian State, Western Carolina, Davidson, Furman and Elon.

• The Terriers own wins over UNCG, Davidson, Samford and Georgia Southern in league play this season.

• In Saturday's 72-59 loss at Elon, the Phoenix scored 26 points off 15 Wofford turnovers. Morgan Wrightson led the Terriers with 17 points, while Rachel Brittenham and Daniella Motley had 12 each. Motley finished with a game-high 14 rebounds.

• Wofford is seventh nationally in 3-point field goal defense at 25.1 percent. The last time the teams met, Wofford was leading the nation and held UNCG without a 3-pointer for the first time in more than five years.

• Brittenham is 28th nationally and leads the SoCon with 5.2 assists per game. Wrightson leads Wofford with 12.0 points per game, while Motley averages 10.0 points per game and a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game.

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