ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball saw its season come to an end in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Ingles Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale, as the Spartans on Thursday night fell to Chattanooga 72-62 at the U.S. Cellular Center.
With the outcome, UNCG has finished out the season with an overall record of 11-19.
“We had a really good fourth quarter and got going late and I’m really proud of the 57 percent shooting in that quarter, but we came out a little gun-shy and should not have,” said Head Coach Trina Patterson. “We’re going to learn from this and we’re going to get better and use this to propel us into a different mode next year. This season we were still relatively young with two sophomore and three juniors starting. We have everybody coming back, so the future looks bright.”
The Spartans had difficulty making shots throughout the beginning stages of the game, as UNCG connected on just one of its first 10 attempts from the field before Chattanooga took a 15-2 lead early in the contest before taking a 23-10 lead at the quarter break. In total, the Spartans shot just 18.8 percent from the floor in the first quarter while the Mocs made 8-of-15 attempts (53.3 percent) from the field and were 5-of-8 from the free throw line.
The Spartans, however, went into the halftime down just nine points as UNCG held Chattanooga scoreless over the final 2:17 of the second quarter. During the second frame, the Spartans outscored the Mocs 12-8. Junior guards Nadine Soliman and Alexus Willey each hit three pointers while redshirt sophomore center Aja Boyd hit a pair of free throws.
In the first half, Soliman and Boyd paced the Spartans in scoring with six points apiece. Boyd also recorded five rebound and two blocks. Junior guard/forward Te’ja Twitty also tallied five rebounds.
While the Spartans allowed just six made baskets in the third quarter, only once was UNCG able to cut the deficit to single digits when sophomore forward Amesha Miller made a layup with 27 seconds remaining. Chattanooga, however, responded with a three pointer just nine seconds before the frame closed.
In the fourth quarter, the Spartans were able to get their offense in motion with 27 points on 57 percent shooting, but couldn’t get closer than five points when Cece Crudup – who scored 10 points in the frame – connected on a layup with 1:19 remaining before the Mocs pulled away for a 10-point victory.
Soliman led the Spartans in scoring with 19 points while Boyd finished the contest with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Crudup also finished the game in double figures with 14 points.
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