GREENSBORO, N.C. - The UNCG women’s basketball team returns home this weekend, hosting Elon Saturday at 2 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium. Live stats and a video stream of the contest are available free of charge through www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans have lost six-straight games and look to record a victory as they begin the bulk of their Southern Conference schedule. The Blue and Gold will also attempt to capture its first league win of the year after losing a pair of conference games to Chattanooga and Samford at home back in December. UNCG is 3-5 at home this season and will play three of its next five contests in Greensboro. Elon is 1-4 away from its home facility Alumni Gym with a lone victory at UNC Wilmington and losses to VCU, Vanderbilt, NC State and West Virginia.
The Spartans enter the game with a 4-9 overall record after falling to Tulsa 76-71 Dec. 30 to close out the Fordham Holiday Classic in The Bronx, N.Y.
The Golden Hurricane knocked down 29 of 37 attempts from the free throw line to hold on while the Spartans were awarded just 17 free throw shots – draining 12 of them. Tulsa shot 40.7 percent from the field (22-of-54) and held UNCG to 26-of-66 efficiency (39.4 percent). The Hurricane also ended up with a 40-39 advantage in rebounding and forced the Blue and Gold into 15 turnovers while committing 12 of its own.
Senior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) led four Spartans in double figures offensively with 17 points. Senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) followed with 12 points while freshman guard Bailey Williams (Harrisonburg, Va./Spotswood) and freshman forward Jade Scaife (Fort Washington, Md./Archbishop Spalding) netted 11 apiece. Scaife fell just short of a double-double as she pulled down nine rebounds. Junior guard Jarae Savage (Marietta, Ga./North Cobb) also chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.
The Spartans are averaging 63.2 points per game and are shooting 35.9 percent from the field. Stevenson leads UNCG in both scoring average and rebounding average with respective marks of 12.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
Elon looks to get back on the winning track after dropping decisions at West Virginia and at home to North Carolina A&T. The Phoenix sport a 5-8 overall record and a 1-1 league ledger with a victory over Samford and a loss to Chattanooga. Senior Kelsey Harris averages a team-best 12.3 points per game while junior Sam Coffer heads up the rebounding effort with 6.5 rebounds per contest. As a team, Elon averages 65.2 points per game and is firing at a 42.0 percent clip from the field. The Phoenix are getting out-scored by 8.3 points per contest and out-rebounded by a margin of 3.2 rebounds a contest.
The Phoenix have won the last four games in the series against the Spartans. UNCG’s last win over Elon occurred Feb. 10, 2011 at Alumni Gym by a score of 71-66.
Following its matchup with the Phoenix, the Spartans will hit the road for a league game Saturday, Jan. 11 at Georgia Southern. The game is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. tip inside Hanner Fieldhouse.
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