Women's Basketball Returns to the Court Saturday for a Matinee Matchup in Spartanburg
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s basketball looks to right the ship after falling in heartbreaking fashion last night at Furman. The Spartans will face off with the Wofford Terriers at 2 p.m. inside the new Richadson Indoor Stadium Saturday afternoon. UNCG enters at 10-15 and 4-6 in Southern Conference play. Wofford enters tomorrow’s game at 10-15 and 3-7 in league play.
Tomorrow’s contest will be the 47th meeting all-time between UNCG and Wofford. The Spartans own a 34-12 record against the Terriers and have won the last two meetings. Last season, the Spartans and Terriers split the two matchups, with UNCG falling in Spartanburg. The last win for the Spartans at Wofford came during the 2012-13 season.
Live stats and video will be available for tomorrow’s contest. Stats are available via WoffordTerriers.com and the video steam will be live on ESPN3. Links for each of these services are on the UNCG women’s basketball schedule page.
Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) continues to pace the Spartan offense, averaging 14.6 points per game. In the last four games, Soliman has upped her game to average 23.3 points, shooting 59-percent from the field and 67-percent from 3-point range.
Ije Ajemba (Lanham, Md./Old Dominion) averages a double-double, scoring 11.3 points per game and grabbing a SoCon-best 12.2 rebounds per game. Ajemba leads the Southern Conference in every individual rebounding category.
Alexus Willey (Waldorf, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Te’ja Twitty (Rutherfordton, N.C./Rutherfordton-Spindale Central) each add over 9.0 points per game. Willey has hit 36 3-pointers on the season and shoots 35-percent from the field. Twitty grabs 6.2 rebounds per game and shoots 45-percent from the field.
Last night the Spartans proved to be the best rebounding team in the SoCon, grabbing seven more rebounds than the Furman Paladins. Furman entered with the league’s best rebounding margin at +5.6, but UNCG outrebounded the Paladins 41-34. UNCG has been tough on the offensive glass, grabbing 13.0 offensive rebounds per game, second best in the league. The Spartans have outscored their opponents by 102 points on second chance opportunities.
Wofford enters the game on a three-game losing streak, its second-longest of the season. The Terriers knocked off Furman at the end of January, but have since lost at Samford, at Mercer and at home against Western Carolina. The Terriers average 63.3 points per game, but allow slightly more at 64.6 for a scoring margin of -1.2 points per game.
The 64.4 points per game given up ranks third to last in the SoCon, behind Western Carolina and ETSU. The Terriers allow opponents to shoot 40-percent from the floor and 31-perceent from 3-point range. Wofford is one of the bottom two teams in the league in steals per game, but rank third with a +2.2 turnover margin.
Two Terriers average double figures, led by freshman Da’Ja Green’s 12.4. Green has raised her average in recent weeks after scoring 34 points last time out against Western Carolina and 35 points against Samford just two weeks ago. Cairo Booker also averages double figures, scoring 10.8 points per game. Booker shoots 39-percent from the floor and grabs 5.4 rebounds per contest. She shares the ball well, dishing out 3.5 assists per game, second on the team behind Green’s 4.7.
Rebounding has been a collective effort for the Terriers this season, with three players averaging over 5.4 rebounds per game. Green and Marissa Bayer lead the team with 5.8 rebounds per game, followed by Booker’s 5.4. Kelsey Lambdin helps out, grabbing 4.0 per game.