UNCG welcomes Western Carolina to Fleming Gym on Saturday
UNCG (3-17, 2-10 SoCon) vs. Western Carolina (8-14, 3-10 SoCon), Feb. 4, 2 p.m., Fleming Gym
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• After a three-game Southern Conference road swing, UNCG returns home to host Western Carolina on Saturday in the Spartans' annual Fight Like a Spartan contest to promote breast cancer awareness.
• UNCG fell at Samford on Monday, 83-40. Janae' Stevenson led the Spartans with 13 points on the evening, while Sidnei Harmon had a solid game with eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Freshman Jarae Savage also scored eight points.
• The Spartans went 7-for-10 from the free throw line against the Bulldogs, marking the first time this season that UNCG had shot 70 percent or better from the stripe in back-to-back contests. The Spartans were 11-for-15 from the free throw line (.733) against Chattanooga on Jan. 28.
• Breonna Patterson, who missed the Samford game with a leg injury, leads UNCG in scoring with 10.5 points per game and has hit at least one 3-pointer in a career-best six straight games. She has been cleared to play Saturday. Savage leads the team in rebounding at 5.5 per contest. Stevenson is second in both categories at 8.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game. Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
• Western Carolina leads the series with UNCG, 27-25. The teams met for the first time during the 1969-70 season, UNCG's first under the five-player format. The Spartans are 12-8 against the Catamounts in Greensboro, including an 11-5 record at Fleming Gymnasium. WCU's 62-29 win over UNCG in Cullowhee, N.C., on Jan. 7 snapped the Spartans' three-game winning streak in the series.
• In this season's first meeting, Western Carolina opened the second half on a 14-0 run and held UNCG to just 22.6 percent shooting on the day to take the big win. Natalie Headley led UNCG with 11 points, while Kaila'Shea Menendez had a game-high 20 and Rena Wakama added 13 for WCU.
• In the last meeting between the teams in Greensboro, on Feb. 7, 2011, UNCG took a 57-53 win to hand then-UNCG coach Lynne Agee her 600th career win. The Spartans won a wild one, dropping in two layups in the last four seconds to pull out the home win. Monique Floyd broke a 53-all tie with a layup with 3.3 seconds left, and Richbow stole the ensuing inbounds pass and laid it in with 1.3 seconds left to seal the win. WCU's Menendez led all scorers with a career-high 22 points.
• With two SoCon wins in its last three games, Western Carolina has climbed out of the league cellar. The Catamounts picked up a 69-60 win over Wofford on Jan. 28 before falling at league-leading Appalachian State two days later. WCU got back into the win column with a 59-45 victory over College of Charleston in Cullowhee on Wednesday for its third SoCon win of the season.
• Alex Abraham paced three Catamounts in double figures with 13 points, while Ali Lane added 12 and Menendez scored 10 off the bench in the win over the Cougars.
• Menendez leads the Catamounts in scoring at 11.4 points per game and steals with 1.8 per contest, while Abraham paces the team in rebounding with 4.3 per game. Wakama leads WCU in assists with 2.1 per contest.
• Menendez is third in the SoCon and 33rd nationally in free throw percentage with an .864 mark.
• Menendez scored her 1,000th career point in the Catamounts' win over Wofford, becoming the 23rd player in school history to reach the milestone.
• WCU, which snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over Wofford, is still looking for its first SoCon road win of the season. The Catamounts are 3-4 against league teams at home but 0-6 on the road.
• As a team, WCU leads the SoCon in rebounding defense, allowing just 36.6 per game.
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