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Women's Basketball Plays Host To Georgia Southern Monday 02-09-2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team looks to rebound from a tough Saturday overtime loss to Davidson when the Spartans play host to Georgia Southern Monday evening at Fleming Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a free live video stream are available courtesy of the UNCG athletics department.

The Blue and Gold forced overtime after finding itself down by 17 points with just over eight minutes left in regulation against the Wildcats, but Davidson knocked down 13 of 14 free throw attempts in the extra session to escape Greensboro with the win.

The Spartans and Eagles squared off Jan. 11 in Statesboro as Georgia Southern held on for a 74-71 win. UNCG leads the series between the schools 20-19 and is 11-5 against GSU in Greensboro. However, the Eagles have captured the last four meetings.

The Blue and Gold enters the game with a 5-17 overall record and 1-10 league mark after falling to Davidson 75-66 Saturday at Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans are averaging 63.0 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 73.4 points per contest. The Blue and Gold owns a -0.5 margin on the glass, averaging 39.5 rebounds and giving up 39.9 boards per game. The Spartans are tied for first in the league in offensive rebounding at 16.1 per outing. In terms of shooting, UNCG is firing at a 35.5 percent clip from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 65.6 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) leads the team in scoring average at 12.3 points per game while senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) paces the Spartans in rebounding average at 7.9 boards per contest. The Blue and Gold uses its bench liberally as nine players have appeared in 20 or more games.

Georgia Southern is 7-16 overall and 5-7 in Southern Conference action after suffering an 85-60 setback at Elon Saturday. The Eagles are averaging 60.1 points per game while giving up 69.7 per contest. Georgia Southern also pulls down 38.9 rebounds per contest while allowing 41.3 - a rebounding margin of -2.4. The Eagles are shooting 36.3 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from deep and 73.8 percent at the free throw line.

Anna Claire Knight is the top offensive force for GSU, averaging 15.1 points per game, while Danielle Spencer leads in the squad in rebounding average at 8.3 boards per outing. Georgia Southern also rotates a good number of players into games as nine Eagles have experienced action in 20 or more contests.

In the matchup in Statesboro earlier this season, Stevenson fell just short of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds – leading four UNCG players in double figures offensively.

The Spartans put up a stout 78 attempts from the field and hit 27 of those shots to end up at 34.6 percent from the field while the Eagles knocked down 25 of 61 for 41 percent. UNCG hit nine three-point field goals in the contest on 19 attempts and was eight for 15 at the free throw line. GSU nailed five triples and 19 of 23 from the free throw line. The Blue and Gold won the rebounding battle 48-44 and recorded 22 offensive boards – leading to 21 second-chance points. The Spartans committed just 12 turnovers in the game and forced 18 by the home team as UNCG picked up nine steals.

Following Monday’s game with Georgia Southern, the Blue and Gold will head to the mountains for a pair of league games next weekend. UNCG will square off against Appalachian State Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN3 before heading to Cullowhee for a Monday night showdown with Western Carolina at 7 p.m. 

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