Women’s Basketball Completes Season Sweep of Wofford, 68-50
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's basketball team sent out its two seniors in style Monday night as the Spartans completed the season sweep of Wofford with a 68-50 victory inside Fleming Gymnasium. The Blue and Gold honored Natalie Headley and Sidnei Harmon before the game for their contributions to the program the last four years.
With the win, UNCG clinches the No. 10 seed at this weekend's Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championship and will face the No. 7 seed Furman in Friday's first round at 1:45 p.m. The Spartans and Paladins split a pair of contests with each team winning on its home floor. The contest also marks the second-straight season in which the squads will match up in the first round of the conference tournament.
The 18-point margin of victory is the largest for the Spartans this year and marks the first time UNCG has swept a conference opponent since the 2010-11 season when the Blue and Gold picked up a pair of wins each over College of Charleston, Western Carolina and Wofford.
"I was really happy we could send Natalie and Sidnei out with a win at Fleming Gymnasium," head coach Wendy Palmer said. "They have given so much to the program the last four years.
"I am proud of this team. We have been through a lot of adversity on and off the court this season. There have been some ups and downs but we are plugging away and look forward to a new season which starts Friday."
Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) netted a season second-best 20 points to pace UNCG offensively while sophomore guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) added 13 on 6-for-9 shooting from the field. Harmon led the team in rebounding with nine boards (five offensive) to complement a seven-rebound performance by junior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire). Patterson was very active in all facets of the game as she also tallied two assists and three steals.
Wofford out-shot UNCG by hitting 45 percent (23-for-51) of its attempts from the field as compared to the Spartans' 41 percent (25-for-61), but UNCG out-rebounded the Terriers 41-32, including 15 offensive boards, and forced Wofford into 23 turnovers which the Blue and Gold turned into 23 points. The Spartans also received 21 points from their bench.
The visitors opened the game with a 6-2 run which was capped by a Daniella Motley layup, but UNCG fought back and pulled within 10-8 on a layup by freshman guard Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) at the 12:58 mark. Wofford held no more than a four-point lead over the next four minutes and change before the Spartans finally took their first advantage of the game when freshman guard Jazmine Missouri (Kensington, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) hit a jumper to make the score 17-16 with 7:29 left in the half.
UNCG burst out to a 21-16 cushion as the clock ticked down to 5:20, forcing a Terrier timeout, but the respite did Wofford no good as a triple and a jumper by Patterson extended the Spartan edge to 26-16. The lead grew to as much as 12 when Harmon knocked down a jumper in the paint to make the score 30-18 at the 2:32 mark, but the Terriers recovered and netted the final four points of the period to pull within 30-22 at the break.
Patterson led UNCG with eight points in the first 20 minutes while Harmon pulled down a team-best five rebounds. A trio of Wofford players scored six points and Logan Morris corralled a squad-high three caroms. Both teams shot 43 percent in the stanza and the rebounding battle was virtually even with the Terriers holding a slight 17-16 upper hand.
The Spartans did not let up as the second half started, pushing their lead to 14 at 38-24 on two free throws by Stevenson. A jumper by Goins at the 13:17 mark made the score 46-30, but five quick points by Wofford shrunk its deficit to 11 with 12:35 to play.
UNCG was not fazed, however, as Patterson drained a triple with 10:54 on the clock to give her team a 49-35 lead. A layup by Motley briefly cut the Spartan advantage to 10 points with less than eight minutes to go, but that was as close as the Terriers would get down the stretch. UNCG had an answer for every Wofford attempt to rally, salting the game away at the free throw line.
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