GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team was plagued by a cold shooting performance Sunday afternoon at Fleming Gymnasium as St. Bonaventure captured a 58-46 non-conference victory to close out the Spartans’ seven-game homestand. UNCG falls to 4-7 overall while SBU improves its record to 11-4.
The Blue and Gold put up 67 shots but hit just 19 of them to finish at 28.4 percent from the field. The Bonnies also made just 19 shots and ended up at 33.9 percent from the field after taking 56 attempts. St. Bonaventure won the rebounding battle 49-42 as the teams combined for 37 offensive boards. The Bonnies were 18-of-24 from the charity stripe for 75 percent while the Spartans were awarded just seven free throw attempts – hitting four.
Sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) went for a season-high 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting and knocked down three shots from beyond the arc. Classmate and guard Jazmine Missouri (Kensington, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) netted 10 points for the second time this year. Hannah Little paced three SBU players in double figures with 21 points. Missouri and freshman forward India Timpton (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) led UNCG with six rebounds each.
A jumper by Katie Healey opened the scoring at the 17:27 mark before Mason responded with a jumper of her own. The Spartans would eventually push ahead 10-6 after a triple by Mason with 13:20 on the clock. UNCG was able to keep the Bonnies at bay and extended the advantage to 15-8 when Timpton knocked down a free throw with 9:50 to play in the half.
A layup by Missouri afforded the Blue and Gold their largest lead of the contest, 22-14, at the 5:22 mark when she dropped in a layup, but SBU began to chip away. With UNCG leading 24-18 with 4:10 left in the stanza, the Bonnies netted eight-straight points to retake the lead. The Spartans would score just four more points in the half as St. Bonaventure took a 32-28 edge into the break.
Mason scored 14 points in the first 20 minutes while Missouri and Timpton picked up four rebounds each. UNCG hit 12 of 36 shots from the field (33.3 percent). The Bonnies were a bit better – draining 10 of 28 attempts for 35.7 percent. The Spartans held the edge on the glass 24-21.
SBU came out firing in the second half, quickly building an eight-point advantage after a layup by Little made it 36-28 with 19:03 remaining. UNCG punched right back, as Mason rattled off seven-straight points to pull the Spartans within one. The Blue and Gold went ice cold from there, however, failing to score for the next seven minutes. By that time, the Bonnies built an insurmountable 47-35 lead and UNCG could only come within seven the rest of the way.
The Spartans return to action after Christmas, heading up to New York for the Fordham Holiday Classic Dec. 29-30 at Rose Hill Gymnasium. UNCG opens the tournament Sunday with the host Rams in a 1 p.m. tipoff.
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