Rematch Against Furman On Tap For Women’s Hoops Monday
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's basketball team looks to avenge an earlier loss to Furman Monday as the Spartans play host to the Paladins at Fleming Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Elon out-scored UNCG 45-31 in the second half to down the Blue and Gold by a 70-57 scoreline as Elon swept the season series for the second-straight season.
After UNCG took a one-point lead into the half, Elon shot 64 percent from the field in the second stanza to pull away from the home team. The Phoenix also amassed a 40-33 rebounding advantage, including 17 offensive boards that led to 12 second-chance points. Elon employed an effective press which forced the Spartans to turn the ball over 17 times while the visitors also saw their bench score 20 points. UNCG shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half to end up at 40 percent for the contest.
Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) knocked down four three-point field goals on her way to a game-high 18 points. She led three Spartans in double figures offensively as freshman guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) and sophomore guard Jessica Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Eckerd College) chipped in 12 and 10 points respectively. Patterson and junior forward Janae' Stephenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) paced UNCG on the glass with six rebounds apiece while Stevenson posted her 100th career block.
After a quiet first half, Ali Ford scored 13 points in the second period to lead Elon with 15. Kelsey Evans was effective on the glass, pulling down 14 rebounds.
• Monday's contest marks the 37th between UNCG and Furman with the Spartans holding a 20-16 advantage in the series. The Paladins won the first meeting between the teams this season 67-48 at Timmons Arena in Greenville, S.C. UNCG has not defeated Furman since Dec. 20, 2010 when the Spartans captured a 71-61 victory at Fleming Gymnasium.
• In the season's first meeting, the Spartans suffered from a poor shooting performance. UNCG took 74 shots in the game, thanks in part to 25 offensive rebounds, but could only hit 22 for 30 percent. Furman knocked down 28 of its 60 attempts to finish at 47 percent. The teams combined to turn the ball over 38 times and each squad netted 18 points of those miscues. Thanks to its work on the offensive glass, the Spartans ended up with a 46-43 advantage in rebounding. Stevenson recorded her second double-double of the season and seventh of her career with 15 points and 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. She also racked up three blocks to push her career total to 93. Freshman guard Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) set a new personal high on the glass, pulling down six rebounds.
• Furman has split its last four games, but has lost two in a row at Appalachian State (68-58) and Davidson (71-49). Sophia Alexsandravicius recorded a triple double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks for the Wildcats against the Paladins. Laura Murray added 14 points for Davidson, which opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take total control of the contest. Murray's jump shot a little over four minutes into the second period gave Davidson a 49-29 lead. Furman was paced in scoring by Janice Roberts with 13 points. The Paladins, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half before cutting it to 37-27 at intermission, battled Davidson to a 39-39 draw in rebounding, but poor shooting (29.5 percent) along with 23 turnovers hurt as Furman could do little to overcome Alexasandravicius' inside presence. Her 10 rejections marked a new single game high by a Paladin opponent. Davidson connected on 25-of-54 shots (46.3 percent) in the contest.
UNCG plays its third game in five days Wednesday, hosting Davidson in a Southern Conference matchup at Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans and Wildcats and scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.
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