Women’s Hoops Hosts Appalachian State In Rescheduled Contest
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The UNCG women's basketball team plays its penultimate home game of the 2012-13 campaign Wednesday at Fleming Gymnasium, hosting Appalachian State at 4 p.m. to close the season series between the teams.
The contest was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, but illness to multiple players forced postponement to Wednesday.
The Spartans had the lead in the last minute of regulation against Davidson last Wednesday, but the Wildcats rallied to post a 59-56 overtime win at Fleming Gymnasium. Juniors Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) and Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) led four UNCG players in double figures with 12 points apiece while senior forward Sidnei Harmon (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) and freshman guard Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) added 10 points each. Harmon pulled down a career-high matching 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the campaign. Additionally, Patterson dished out a team-best four assists and tallied three steals.
The Spartans out-shot the Wildcats, hitting 35 percent as compared to Davidson's 31 percent, and won the rebounding battle 49-42. However, the difference in the evenly-played contest proved to be the turnover column as UNCG coughed up the ball 22 times which led to 24 Wildcat points off those miscues. The Spartans also missed some key free throws down the stretch that could have sealed the game in regulation, finishing 10-for-17 at the charity stripe – just 59 percent.
• Wednesday's contest marks the 59th between UNCG and Appalachian State with the Mountaineers holding a 30-28 advantage in the series. Appalachian has won seven straight over the Spartans with the last UNCG victory coming Feb. 23, 2009 in a 74-60 decision at Fleming Gymnasium.
• In the season's first meeting, the Mountaineers outscored UNCG 44-27 in the second half to take control of a close contest and record an 81-58 win at the Holmes Convocation Center. Stevenson fell just one rebound short of her third-straight double-double, leading the Blue and Gold with 14 points and nine rebounds. She was joined in double figures by freshman guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) who chipped in with 12. Also helping out on the glass was Harmon as she posted eight rebounds. The Spartans turned the ball over 22 times in the contest and ASU took advantage by scoring 28 points off those miscues. Appalachian State gave it away 20 times, leading to 16 points for UNCG. Both squads ended up with 65 shots from the field, but the Mountaineers hit 30 of their attempts to finish at 46 percent while the Spartans ended up with a 32-percent performance. ASU also won the overall rebounding battle 46-41, but the Blue and Gold surpassed its season average with 19 offensive boards. UNCG went to the free throw line 24 times thanks to 25 Mountaineer fouls, but could only knock down 13 of the attempts.
• Appalachian State enters Wednesday's game after falling to Elon 75-58 at Alumni Gym Monday. Maryah Sydnor finished with a game-high 25 points and fell just shy of a double-double with nine boards and three steals for the Apps. The Mountaineers shot 40.7 percent (24-for-59) on the night, and matched the Phoenix with 34 rebounds. Ali Ford paced Elon with 19 points, while Kelsey Evans pulled down eight rebounds. The Phoenix connected on 50.8 percent shooting (30-for-59). Appalachian had 20 turnovers against the Phoenix, but grabbed eight steals and scored 28 of their 58 points inside the paint.
UNCG plays its last road contest of the 2012-13 campaign when the Spartans travel to Georgia Southern Saturday, March 2 for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Hanner Fieldhouse.
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