GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team looks to continue its string of recent success, welcoming Atlantic Coast Conference member Clemson to Fleming Gymnasium Thursday for a non-conference matchup. The Spartans and Tigers will tip at 7 p.m.
The first 250 fans in attendance will receive free pizza as well as a voucher for a UNCG pint glass redeemable at the end of the game.
The Spartans have won three of their last four games while the Tigers come into the contest with a three-game winning streak. The Blue and Gold will attempt to win its 20th all-time game against an ACC institution. Clemson is under the direction of first-year head coach Audra Smith.
UNCG enters the game with a 4-3 record after knocking off Triad rival High Point Sunday at Fleming Gymnasium. Senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) set a program record with her fifth consecutive double-double as she ended the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Spartans put five players in double figures offensively for the first time since 2008 with sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) leading the way with 17 points. Freshman guard Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) scored in double figures for the first time in her career with 10 points and she also added three assists. Posting a career day was junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) who netted a personal-best 16 points to go along with nine rebounds. Senior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) was the fifth double-digit scorer for the Blue and Gold as she went off for 15 points and was 7-of-8 at the charity stripe.
UNCG won the rebounding battle by a 42-30 margin and shot a season-best 52.7 percent from the field – knocking down 29 of 55 attempts. The Spartans also hit for 67 percent from three-point range as they drained four of six. The Blue and Gold out-scored High Point 38-28 in the paint and 14-6 on the fast break. Both benches played a large factor in the outcome as the teams’ reserves accounted for 75 points. UNCG averages 68.7 points per game while shooting 37.7 percent from the field and averaging 40.3 rebounds per outing.
Clemson has defeated South Florida, Radford and North Florida during its three-game winning streak which has pushed the Tigers’ overall record to 4-3. Quinyotta Pettaway paces the offensive attack with 10.0 points per game and also leads the team in rebounding average at 8.3 boards per game. Clemson averages 54.6 points and 33.9 rebounds per game while shooting 39.8 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the charity stripe.
The Tigers lead the series between the programs 4-1, but UNCG has won the only meeting in Greensboro as the Spartans knocked off Clemson 78-67 in overtime Dec. 21, 1999 at Fleming Gymnasium.
After Thursday’s contest, the Blue and Gold will enjoy a nine-day hiatus from competition before opening Southern Conference play against preseason league favorite Chattanooga Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium.
UNCG AT A GLANCE Record: 4-3 (.571) >> Southern Conference Record/Standing (0-0) >> Last five games: 4-1 (.800) >> Last 10 games: 6-4 (.600) >> Last 15 games: 7-8 (.467) >> Miscellaneous: UNCG plays the 68th game in Palmer’s tenure as the Spartans host Clemson. UNCG’s all-time record stands at 683-484 (.585).
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