GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (9-17, 3-8 Southern Conference) travels west in its last road game of the season for an in-state SoCon matchup at Western Carolina (4-22, 0-11) Saturday at 5 p.m.
Five Facts to Know
-The Spartans lead the SoCon in scoring defense (61.2 points per game), rebounding margin (+3.0) and defensive rebounding percentage (.708).
- Nadine Soliman ranks in the conference second in scoring (19.2 points per game), defensive rebounds per game (5.8) and made three’s per game (2.5) and third in rebounding (7.4 rebounds per game).
-Soliman has recorded 1,484 points in her career and needs 102 more points to move into second place ahead of Angie Polk (1985-89).
- UNCG has recorded 17 double-doubles by four different Spartans, led by Te'ja Twitty (seven) and Soliman (six). Twitty has recorded 15 double-doubles in her career for fifth-most in school history.
- A win would give the Spartans the series sweep against the Catamounts and at worst the No. 7 seed for the SoCon Tournament.
The Spartans in 2018-19
UNCG dropped a pair of road SoCon games last week to Mercer 85-73 and 57-53. In each loss the Spartans led for a majority of the game and in the fourth quarter only to see their opponents rally and hold off UNCG. UNCG sits in seventh-place in the SoCon standings a game behind Samford (4-7) and three games ahead of Western Carolina.
The trio of Soliman, Twitty and Aja Boyd have ranked among the top scorers and rebounders in the SoCon. Besides her strong scoring and rebounding, Soliman is third in free throw percentage (.800), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.358) and tied for eighth in steals (1.6 per game).
Twitty has done more damage on the offensive glass, ranking second (3.4 per game) in the category. She’s second in overall rebounding (7.7 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.515), eighth in scoring (12.7 ppg) and 12th in free throw percentage (.684). Boyd is right behind Twitty for third in offensive rebounding (3.0) and places fifth in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and steals (1.7 per game), eighth in blocks (0.9 per game), 11th in field goal percentage (.441) and 15th in scoring (9.8 ppg).
Western Carolina holds a 38-29 advantage over UNCG, but the Spartans have won four of the last five meetings, including a 71-59 home victory on Jan. 26.
UNCG welcomes the two Tennessee SoCon schools next week in its last homestand of the season, beginning with Chattanooga Thursday at 7 p.m.
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