Women’s Hoops Ends Regular Season With Senior Night Contest Against Wofford
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The regular season comes to a close tonight as the UNCG women's basketball team looks for the season sweep against Wofford in a contest at Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans downed the Terriers 87-75 at Benjamin Johnson Arena earlier this season, but come into the game having lost three in a row to Davidson, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.
The winner of tonight's game will be the No. 10 seed at this week's Southern Conference tournament and face No. 7 seed Furman in the first round while the loser will be seeded 11th and face either College of Charleston or Samford in the first round.
The Spartans come into the season finale off a 67-53 setback at Georgia Southern Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse. Junior forward Janae' Stevenson tallied her fifth double-double of the season, racking up 15 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Lucy Mason also reached double figures offensively with 11 points. UNCG shot 35 percent in the game and was out-rebounded 40-33.
• Monday's contest marks the 35th between UNCG and Wofford with the Spartans holding a stout 29-5 advantage in the series. The Terriers have won two of the last three encounters.
• In the season's first meeting, Mason was sensational, netting a career-high 25 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field. She was also 2-for-3 beyond the arc and 5-for-6 at the free throw line. Joining Mason in double figures was Ebona Goins who dropped in a personal-best 16 points while also hitting a trio of three-point field goals. Dishing out six of the Spartans' 21 assists on the night was Breonna Patterson, who also tallied three steals. UNCG shot 67 percent from the floor in the second half and 59 percent overall. The Blue and Gold also won the rebounding battle 31-29 and pulled down 11 offensive rebounds. Effective defensive pressure forced the Terriers to cough up the ball 21 times, leading to 26 points off those miscues and 10 fast-break points.
• Wofford comes into the season finale at 8-19 overall. The Terriers celebrated senior night in their home finale Saturday and came away with a convincing 75-57 victory over Furman. Morgan Wrightson scored a career-high 25 points while Daniella Motley netted 14 points and a tied her career high with seven rebounds. Chanel Stokes chipped in ten points for Wofford. The Terriers ended the game at 48 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three and 70 percent from the free throw line, while Furman finished t 40 percent overall, 25 percent from three and 67 percent from the line. Wofford scored 26 points off of 25 Paladin turnovers, while Furman only scored eight points on 12 Terrier turnovers.
• UNCG has already surpassed last year's win total (four games) and will look to best last season's Southern Conference victory haul of three games. The Spartans will also attempt to sweep a season series from a team for the first time since winning twice against Wofford, Western Carolina and College of Charleston in 2010-11.
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