Women’s Basketball Travels To Elon Saturday Afternoon
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team begins the second half of its Southern Conference schedule Saturday when the Spartans head over to Alumni Gym for their second meeting of the season with the Elon Phoenix. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Live stats and a live video feed are available courtesy of the Elon athletics department.
In the first meeting this season, UNCG defeated the Phoenix 73-62 Jan. 4 at Fleming Gymnasium. The Blue and Gold hit 16 of 31 shots (51.6 percent) in the second period to end up at 43.1 percent (25-of-58) for the game. Elon shot the ball well, knocking down half of its attempts (28-of-56) from the field, but UNCG logged 15 offensive rebounds on the way to winning the battle on the boards 35-29. The Spartans also out-scored the visitors 19-10 on the fast break and neutralized a 40-28 advantage in the paint for the Phoenix by knocking down 19 of 23 from the free throw line (82.6 percent). Elon earned just five foul shots of which it drained three.
The Blue and Gold forced the Phoenix into 24 turnovers leading to 13 steals and 21 points off of the miscues. UNCG also shared the ball well recording 13 assists.
Sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) led three Spartans in double figures offensively with a season-high 22 points while senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) and freshman guard Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) chipped in with 19 and 13 respectively. Freshman forward Jade Scaife (Fort Washington, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was very active on the glass, pulling down a game-high nine rebounds of which four were on the offensive boards. Also doing some good things for UNCG was junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) who corralled seven rebounds (five offensive) and grabbed four steals.
The 13 points were a career high for Williams and the 22 scored by Mason marked the third time this season she has netted 20 or more points in a contest. Williams added five assists and two steals while Mason added three assists and two steals.
UNCG will attempt to snap a six-game skid that dates back to a 74-71 road loss at Georgia Southern Jan. 11. The Phoenix is 6-3 at home this season while the Blue and Gold is 1-7 away from Fleming Gymnasium.
UNCG leads the series between the schools 24-19 and broke a four-game Elon winning streak with the win in Greensboro earlier this season.
The Blue and Gold enters the game with a 5-15 overall record and 1-8 league mark after falling to Furman 73-64 Monday at Timmons Arena in Greenville. UNCG cut a 12-point second half deficit to two but could not quite complete the comeback.
The Spartans are averaging 63.2 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 72.9 points per contest. The Blue and Gold owns a -1.5 margin on the glass, averaging 38.5 rebounds and giving up 40.0 boards per game. The Spartans are second in the league in offensive rebounding at 15.2 per outing. In terms of shooting, UNCG is firing at a 35.7 percent clip from the field, 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line.
Mason leads the team in scoring average at 12.6 points per game while Stevenson) paces the Spartans in rebounding average at 7.6 boards per contest. The Blue and Gold uses its bench liberally as 10 players have appeared in 18 or more games.
Elon is 8-12 overall and 4-5 in Southern Conference action after losing a 68-65 decision at Wofford Monday in front of a program-record 1,592 fans at Benjamin Johnson Arena on Education Day. The Phoenix is averaging 65.2 points per game while giving up 69.3 per contest. Elon also pulls down 37.1 rebounds per contest while allowing 40.6 - a rebounding margin of -3.5. The Phoenix is shooting 41.7 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from deep and 66.2 percent at the free throw line.
Kelsey Harris is the top offensive force for Elon, averaging 12.3 points per game, while Sam Coffer leads in the squad in rebounding average at 6.8 boards per outing. Zora Stephenson ranks second in the SoCon in three-point field goals made with 41 conversions from deep.
After its matchup with the Phoenix, UNCG will return home for two games beginning Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. against Davidson. The Wildcats won the first meeting of the season by a 78-59 score on Jan. 13 at Belk Arena.