GREENSBORO, N.C. – A seven-game homestand comes to a close Sunday as the UNCG women’s basketball team hosts Atlantic 10 outfit St. Bonaventure in a non-conference affair at Fleming Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for noon.
The Spartans have struggled as of late as they have dropped three-straight games and three of their last four. The Blue and Gold is 2-4 on this current homestand and 3-4 overall in Fleming this year. Conversely, the Bonnies are 4-2 on the road. St. Bonaventure advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen just two seasons ago.
The Spartans enter the game with a 4-6 overall record after falling to Samford five days ago at Fleming Gymnasium. Senior guard Breonna Patterson and sophomore guard Lucy Mason paced the Spartans with nine points apiece while junior guard Jarae Savage led the Blue and Gold with eight rebounds – five of the offensive glass. Samford had no trouble getting the shots it wanted, knocking down 25 of 44 attempts to finish the contest at 56.8 percent. The Bulldogs were just 10-of-21 from the free throw line (47.6 percent) but that did not ultimately factor into the final margin. The Spartans out-rebounded the visitors 39-37 and recorded 17 offensive rebounds, but the cold shooting performance was too much to overcome for homestanding UNCG. Both teams hit five three-point field goals.
The Spartans are averaging 67.2 points per game as well as 37.2 rebounds per contest. UNCG is shooting 37.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent at the charity stripe.
St. Bonaventure is 10-4 overall after a 61-44 victory Friday at Kent State. The Bonnies have won two-straight contests. St. Bonaventure enters Sunday’s matchup with three players in double-digit scoring figures, as Katie Healy continues to lead the way with an average of 14.4 points per game along with a team-leading 39 assists. Second is Gabby Richmond at 11.4 points per game and Chelsea Bowker with an average of 10.6. St. Bonaventure has eclipsed the 70 point mark in four of its nine wins thus far, surpassing their 70+ point total from games last season. SBU is currently ranked first in rebounding defense in the Atlantic 10, holding their opponents to an average of 32.2 rebounds per game. The Bonnies also rank third in rebounding margin in the A-10, as they hold a +5.1 margin in rebounds per game over its opponents this season. St. Bonaventure is currently third in the Atlantic 10 in 3-point FG percentage with .365.
UNCG and St. Bonaventure have played just once – a 65-57 Spartan victory Nov. 27, 1999 at the Reilly Center on the campus of SBU.
Following its matchup with the Bonnies, UNCG will travel to New York for the Fordham Holiday Classic Dec. 29-30 in The Bronx. The Spartans will face the host Rams at 1 p.m. in the opening game of the tournament before taking on either Tulsa or Harvard the next day.
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