Women’s Basketball Hosts Furman For Hall of Fame Weekend
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team returns to Fleming Gymnasium this weekend to close out its home schedule, beginning with a Saturday league clash against Furman. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. and live stats and a live video feed will be available free of charge courtesy of the UNCG athletics department.
At halftime, the Blue and Gold will celebrate the 1987-88 team which won the Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships before reaching the NCAA Division III Final Four. The game has also been designated as a “Gold-Out” as 500 gold t-shirts will be given away. One lucky fan will have the chance to win $10,000 during halftime if he or she can sink a half-court shot. Additionally, there will be a student-only postgame tailgate sponsored by UNCG CAB.
The Spartans and Paladins met Jan. 27 in Greenville, S.C., with Furman pulling away late for a 73-64 victory. UNCG leads the series between the schools 22-17, including a 12-4 mark in Greensboro. However, Furman has captured six of the last 10 meetings. Last season, the Spartans downed the Paladins in two of the three encounters.
The Blue and Gold enters the game with a 6-19 overall record and 2-12 league mark after falling at Western Carolina Monday. The Spartans are averaging 63.2 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 72.7 points per contest. The Blue and Gold owns a -1.0 margin on the glass, averaging 39.4 rebounds and giving up 40.4 boards per game. The Spartans are second in the league in offensive rebounding at 15.8 per outing. In terms of shooting, UNCG is firing at a 36.4 percent clip from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 63.4 percent from the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) leads the team in scoring average at 12.4 points per game while senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) paces the Spartans in rebounding average at 8.2 boards per contest. The Blue and Gold uses its bench liberally as nine players have appeared in 23 or more games.
Furman is 14-11 overall and 8-6 in Southern Conference action after downing Samford 51-45 Monday at home. The Paladins are averaging 65.9 points per game while giving up 64.7 per contest. Furman also pulls down 39.4 rebounds per contest while allowing 39.5 - a rebounding margin of -0.1. The Paladins are shooting 41.6 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from deep and 69.8 percent at the free throw line.
Holli Wilkins, who tallied a game-high 16 points against Samford, tops Furman and ranks five in the SoCon in scoring (14.6 pgg) and is followed by Brittany Hodges (13.6 ppg). The Paladins lead the league in field goal percentage defense (38.9 percent). Furman heads into Saturday’s contest tied with Elon for third place in the league standings, one game behind second place Davidson.
Following Saturday’s game, UNCG will play its final home contest of the season Monday at 7 p.m., welcoming Wofford to Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans will honor lone senior Stevenson with pregame recognition.