GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team looks to rebound from a rough league opener Monday when the Spartans entertain Samford at Fleming Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a live video feed are available free of charge through www.uncgspartans.com. Evan Moesta and Carter Malloy will provide the call on Spartans All-Access.
UNCG brings a 3-3 home record into the contest with wins over South Carolina State, College of Charleston and High Point while Samford is 1-4 on the road with a two-point victory over American Athletic Conference member Memphis. The teams split a pair of contests a season ago with each squad winning on the others’ home court.
The Spartans enter the game with a 4-5 record and 0-1 SoCon mark after falling to preseason favorite and defending league champion Chattanooga 86-53 Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gymnasium. Senior forward Janae' Stevenson was the only player for UNCG to score in double figures as she ended up with 14 points. Stevenson and freshman guard Bailey Williams both corralled six rebounds while Stevenson recorded four offensive boards. Seeing her first extended minutes of the season was freshman guard Whitney Coleman who scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. She also tallied two steals and an assist. Chattanooga did most of its damage down low, running past the Spartan defense to the hoop and recording 54 points in the paint. Thanks to that advantage, the Mocs ended up shooting 56.7 percent (34-of-60) from the field while limiting the Blue and Gold to 35.9 percent (23-of-64). Chattanooga also had a healthy advantage on the glass, pulling down 43 rebounds to UNCG’s 29. Both squads took care of the ball reasonably well as the Spartans turned it over 15 times while forcing 13 miscues by the visitors.
UNCG is averaging 67.2 points per game as well as 37.2 rebounds per contest. The Blue and Gold is shooting 37.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent at the charity stripe.
Samford arrives in Greensboro with a 2-7 overall record and 0-1 Southern Conference ledger after dropping a 71-61 decision at Elon Saturday - the Bulldogs’ third-straight loss. Samford is led in scoring by freshman Ellen Riggins who averages 9.3 points per game. Sophomore Krista Stricklin paces the Bulldogs in rebounding average at 5.7 boards per contest. Samford boasts averages of 53.3 points and 31.9 rebounds per games while shooting 37.6 percent from the field, 29.9 percent from beyond the arc and 64.2 percent at the free throw line.
The Bulldogs lead the all-time series between the programs 7-4 but UNCG has won three of the five meetings at Fleming Gymnasium.
After its matchup with Samford, the Spartans will jump back into their non-conference schedule by ending a seven-game homestand Sunday, Dec. 22, against St. Bonaventure. Tipoff from Fleming Gymnasium is slated for noon.
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