Courtesy: Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie

Women's Basketball Falls To Davidson in SoCon Quarterfinals 03-08-2013


ASHEVILLE, N.C. – No. 2 seed Davidson ran up a big lead early and the UNCG women's basketball team could not catch up as the Wildcats advanced to Sunday's semifinals with a 70-47 victory in quarterfinal action at the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championship inside Kimmel Arena. 

The Spartans suffered from a poor shooting performance, hitting just 25 percent from the field. Davidson countered by shooting 51 percent while also out-rebounding UNCG 49-38. The Blue and Gold forced the Wildcats into 17 turnovers, resulting in 11 steals and 16 points. 

Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) paced the Spartans with 16 points while 2013 SoCon Freshman of the Year Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter)  added 12. A pair of UNCG players pulled down seven rebounds while senior forward Sidnei Harmon (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) was one of two to grab three steals. 

Just as in yesterday's first round game, the offenses took a few minutes to get going. Davidson made the initial run, scoring the game's first four points before Mason knocked down a pair of free throws at the 16:14 mark. UNCG struggled to score as the half went on, and the Wildcats took advantage – going on a 10-4 run to lead 16-6 with 10:21 remaining in the stanza. 

The Davidson cushion grew as big as 25-7 before freshman guard Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) converted a three-point play to cut the Spartan deficit to 25-12. A layup by Stevenson capped a 7-0 UNCG run, but the Wildcats recovered and ran out to a 33-16 lead with under three minutes to play. 

The Spartan defense clamped down, scoring the next four points to make it a 33-20 contest. Davidson received the last possession and Sophia Aleksandravicius lost the ball down low before putting up a wild out of control shot. Stevenson was whistled for a questionable foul and Aleksandravicius made one of two free throws to send her team into the break with a 34-20 edge. 

UNCG shot just 25 percent from the field in the half, hitting eight of 32 attempts while the Wildcats drained 13 of 28 to end up at 46 percent. Davidson also held a 24-19 advantage in rebounding with eight of the Spartans' boards occurring on the offensive glass. Both teams turned the ball over eight times. 

Stevenson and Patterson paced the Blue and Gold attack with six points apiece in the first 20 minutes. Patterson also corralled a team-best six rebounds. Aleksandravicius led all players with 13 points. 

Davidson scored the first five points of the second half before Stevenson hit a jumper to stop the run. UNCG could not keep the Wildcats off the offensive glass, however, as Davidson used a big advantage on the boards to run up their cushion to 45-24 at the 14:09 mark. The Spartans did not threaten again. 

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