GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (11-18, 5-9 Southern Conference) fell 72-67 to ETSU (10-20, 8-6) in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gym. The Spartans made a comeback in the fourth quarter to make it a two-possession game but ran out of time as the Bucs held on for the victory.
“I thought we were right there against this team,” said UNCG head coach Trina Patterson. “They just hit too many three's (4-12). We needed to see more from Aja Boyd and Te'ja Twitty. That wasn't like them today. The game was very physical. We did a good job on the boards, but we gave up too many offensive boards that led to second chance points even though we out-rebounded them (41-34). With foul trouble all game, Tori Powell and Amesha Miller gave us some good minutes off the bench.”
UNCG will be the No. 6 seed for the upcoming 2019 Ingles Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championships presented by General Shale after earning the tiebreaker over Samford due to a win over Chattanooga on Thursday. The Spartans face the No. 3 seed Mocs just a week later at approximately 5:45 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.
UNCG trailed by 11 points entering the fourth quarter and ended up outscoring ETSU 19-13 in the quarter, the only time the Spartans were able to do so. UNCG opened the quarter on a 9-2 run for its smallest deficit since the second quarter. ETSU responded with two-straight baskets, and UNCG was able to get it back to a two-possession game again with only 10 seconds left on a pair of free throws by Alexis Pitchford. The Bucs hit three of four free throws afterwards to cement the win.
In a back-and-forth first half, the Bucs ended the first quarter on an 8-3 run to grab a lead it would never relinquish. ETSU led by only one-possession for almost the whole second quarter until it scored four points on a three-pointer and free throw to take a 38-32 lead into halftime.
The Bucs eventually built a 12-point lead with a minute left in the third quarter, their biggest of the game.
Nadine Soliman consistently scored in all four quarters to keep the Spartans in the game and finished with a game-high 29 points along with 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the year. She went 11-21 from the field and made all seven free throw attempts.
“Nadine is a scoring machine," said Patterson. "She has the ability to score in two ways, from deep and attacking the rim with her size. Unfortunately her three-point shooting has been off this week, and she's a much better shooter than she's shooting. But still, she was the only consistent offensive producer for us and got to the line to get a bunch of points there.”
News and Notes
- Soliman has now scored 554 points this season, tying Angie Polk (554) for third-most in a year in program history.
- With 11 defensive rebounds, Soliman has pulled down the most defensive boards by a Spartan in a single season (171).
- Soliman tied Vickie Henson (1990-94) for eighth-most career double-doubles (nine) in school history.
- UNCG finished the season 9-4 at Fleming and went 4-3 in SoCon play.
- Alexis Pitchford was the only other Spartan with double-digit points (10), her fourth 10+ point performance of the season.
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