GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s basketball will welcome the VCU Rams for a midweek competition Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. in Fleming Gym. The Spartans enter the contest at 3-1, dropping a contest at Eastern Kentucky their last time out. VCU sports a 0-2 record having fallen at home against Norfolk State and on the road at Minnesota.
Tomorrow’s contest will feature live stats and a video stream via the SoCon Digital Network. Links for these services are on the UNCG women’s basketball schedule page with tipoff set for 5:30 p.m.
UNCG ranks first in the SoCon in scoring offense and scoring defense as UNCG has an average margin of victory of 26 points. The Blue and Gold shoot 45-percent from the field, while leading the Southern Conference by limiting opponents to 31-percent from the field.
The Spartans and Rams have met up four previous times, with VCU holding a 3-1 advantage. Last season, UNCG suffered a 65-54 loss in Richmond. Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) scored 17 points in the contest and pulled down a game-high four rebounds.
Soliman leads the Spartan offense this year, scoring 16.5 points per game. The sophomore scored a season-high 25 points against Eastern Kentucky Saturday night, including 18 in the fourth quarter. Also averaging double figures for the Spartans is junior Brandi Fier (South Beloit, Ill./Illinois Central). Fier averages 10.3 points per game and dished out a team-high 18 assists. Last week, Fier averaged 15 points and seven assists per game.
Ije Ajemba (Lanham, Md./Old Dominion) leads the Spartans on the boards. The senior averages 12.5 rebounds per contest, having grabbed 50 this season. She chips in 8.5 points per game and has recorded two double-doubles this season. Also playing key roles on the Spartan offense are freshman Amesha Miller (Suffolk, Va./King’s Fork), Te’ja Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central) and Alexus Willey (Waldorf, Md./Riverdale Baptist) who each average 8.0 or more points per game.
The Rams dropped both of their contests this season, falling to the Norfolk State Spartans at home to start the season, and then falling to Minnesota last Thursday.
Freshman Tera Reed leads the Ram offense, scoring 14.5 points per game. After going for nine points against Norfolk State, the rookie led the team with 18 points, going 8-of-18 from the field. Sydnei Archie scored 14 points against the Golden Gophers, with Delphynia Sparks adding 13 in 19 minutes of action.
Bria Gibson leads the Rams on the boards. After going for 15 against Norfolk State, she followed that up with a seven-board effort against Minnesota. As a team, VCU has tallied 17 assists but have turned the ball over 45 times.