Women’s Basketball Entertains Davidson In Midweek SoCon Clash
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Coming off a thrilling 60-59 victory over Furman Monday, the UNCG women's basketball team looks for a second-straight win when it hosts Davidson Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans avenged an earlier 67-48 loss to the Paladins in Greenville as three UNCG played scored in double figures.
Freshman guard Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley), who scored the winning free throw, led three Spartans in double figures offensively with 12 points. Junior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) and freshman guard Lucy Mason chipped in with 10 points apiece. Stevenson also paced the Blue and Gold with six rebounds (three offensive) while also increasing her career blocks total to 102 with two rejections.
In an evenly-played contest, Furman out-shot UNCG (.489-.407), but the Spartans knocked down one more shot (24-23) and took 12 more attempts from the field overall (59-47). UNCG was also able to force the Paladins into 20 turnovers, scoring 14 points off those miscues, while converting the visitors' mistakes into 14 points and six steals. Furman won the rebounding battle overall, 32-30, but the Spartans finished with a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass – leading to 11 second chance points.
• Wednesday's contest marks the 46th between UNCG and Davidson with the Spartans holding a 28-17 advantage in the series. The Wildcats have won six of the last seven meetings, including an 88-48 victory at Belk Arena Jan. 23. The last UNCG victory occurred in Davidson Dec. 31, 2010 by a 59-58 score.
• In the season's first meeting, Stevenson posted a double-double with with 14 points and a team-best 14 rebounds. Of those boards, 10 came off the offensive glass. Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) also reached double figures offensively with 14 points. UNCG put up 68 shots from the field in the game but could hit just 21 of those attempts to finish with a 31-percent performance. Conversely, the Wildcats were able to drain 34 field goals to end up at 51 percent. Davidson also held a slight upper hand in rebounding, pulling down 42 as compared to 41 for the Spartans. The Wildcats scored 48 points in the paint and netted 27 points off 19 UNCG turnovers while also receiving 39 points from the bench.
• Davidson is coming off a hard-fought win at Wofford, a contest which was tied at 28 at the half. Nonetheless, the Wildcats have captured 12 of their last 14 games, including a 71-49 home win over Furman Feb. 16. Reigning SoCon Player of the Week Sophia Aleksandravicius scored a game-high 26 points on season-best 11-of-13 shooting against the Terriers while also pulling down a game-high nine boards to go along with three blocks. Laura Murray added 11 points and a season-high tying eight rebounds for Davidson, while Sarah Davis contributed 10 points off the bench going 3-of-3 from the field and making all four of her charity tosses. The Wildcats torched the nets for 66.7 percent (16-24) following intermission to conclude the contest at 49.1 percent. They were just as impressive on the defensive end, limiting Wofford to just 35 percent overall shooting and 3-of-20 from long range. Davidson out-rebounded the Terriers, 43-30, and finished with 44 points in the paint.
The Spartans close their four-game homestand Saturday, Feb. 23, with a matchup against Appalachian State. Tipoff at Fleming Gymnasium is slated for 2 p.m.
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