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Women’s Hoops Travels To Appalachian State Saturday 02-14-2014

GREENSBORO, N.C. – With just six games left in the 2013-14 regular season, the UNCG women’s basketball team heads to the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone Saturday for the second of two meetings with Appalachian State. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The Mountaineers won the first game in the season series by a 75-56 count Jan. 19 at Fleming Gymnasium. The Mountaineers hit 32 of 63 field goal attempts and added 10 free throw conversions while the Spartans hit 20 of 49 from the field (40.8 percent) and 15 of 22 (68.2 percent) at the free throw line. Appalachian State used 17 offensive rebounds to score 14 second chance points while also dominating in the paint by a 44-30 margin. Despite playing 11 in the game, UNCG received just 13 points from its bench and turned the ball over 20 times.

Maryah Sydnor netted 27 points to lead the ASU effort while Bria Huffman added 14 and Michelle Taylor tallied nine assists. Senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) scored 13 points to pace the Spartans and junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) chipped in with 10. Stevenson also pulled down a team-best six rebounds.

In their most recent contest, the Spartans snapped an eight-game losing skid with a 76-65 victory over Georgia Southern. As a result, guard Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week. Appalachian State has won nine straight over UNCG and leads the series 18-9 in Boone. The contest is the final scheduled meeting between the schools as the Mountaineers will join the Sun Belt Conference next season.

The Blue and Gold enters the game with a 6-17 overall record and 2-10 league mark after rolling past Georgia Southern Monday at Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans are averaging 63.6 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 73.0 points per contest. The Blue and Gold owns a -0.6 margin on the glass, averaging 39.5 rebounds and giving up 40.1 boards per game. The Spartans are first in the league in offensive rebounding at 16.0 per outing. In terms of shooting, UNCG is firing at a 36.2 percent clip from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free throw line.

Sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) leads the team in scoring average at 12.5 points per game while Stevenson 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 21 or more games.

Appalachian State is 9-14 overall and 6-7 in Southern Conference action after suffering a 55-47 setback at Samford Monday. The Mountaineers are averaging 61.9 points per game while giving up 65.3 per contest. ASU also pulls down 40.3 rebounds per contest while allowing 34.3 - a rebounding margin of +6.0. The Mountaineers are shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 29.0 percent from deep and 64.8 percent at the free throw line.

Sydnor is the top offensive force for Appalachian, averaging 19.5 points per game, while also leading the squad in rebounding average at 8.8 boards per outing. ASU is also a good offensive rebounding team, ranking second behind UNCG in the league at 15.8 per game.

Following its game at Appalachian State, the Spartans will make the short trip over the Cullowhee for a SoCon showdown with Western Carolina. Tipoff from the Ramsey Regional Center is slated for 7 p.m. The Catamounts downed the Spartans 60-49 back on Jan. 17 at Fleming Gymnasium. 

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