GREENVILLE, S.C. – The UNCG women’s basketball team looks to end a five-game losing streak Monday, but it will be a tall task as the Spartans face one of the better teams in the Southern Conference in Furman on the road. Tipoff inside Timmons Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a video feed (subscription required) are available courtesy of the Furman athletics department.
The Paladins are 7-1 at home this season with their only loss occurring against local rival USC Upstate. The Blue and Gold brings a 1-6 road record into the matchup, having only bested Norfolk State in those seven contests. The teams played three times last season with Furman winning on its home court while UNCG downed the Paladins at Fleming Gymnasium as well as in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament. The Spartans lead the series 22-16 and are 8-9 all-time at Timmons Arena.
The Blue and Gold enters the game with a 5-14 overall record and 1-7 league mark after falling to Wofford 76-70 in overtime Saturday in Spartanburg. UNCG turned the ball over a staggering 32 times in the game despite outshooting the home team from the field 42.0-39.7.
The Spartans are averaging 63.2 points per game and are allowing opponents to score 72.9 points per contest. The Blue and Gold owns a -2.0 margin on the glass, averaging 38.3 rebounds and giving up 40.3 boards per game. The Spartans are second in the league in offensive rebounding at 14.8 per outing. In terms of shooting, UNCG is firing at a 35.9 percent clip from the field, 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.
Senior forward Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) and sophomore guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) lead the team in scoring average at 11.7 points per game while Stevenson averages a team-best 7.7 rebounds per contest. Freshman center Mariah Wilson (Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta) is the team leader in blocked shots with 21. The Spartans use their bench liberally as 10 players have appeared in 17 or more games.
Furman is 11-8 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference action after nipping Elon 66-65 Saturday at home. The Terriers are averaging 66.6 points per game while giving up 64.5. The Paladins also corral 40.0 rebounds per contest while allowing 39.9 - a rebounding margin of +0.1. Furman is shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from deep and 69.5 percent at the free throw line. Holli Wilkins is the top offensive force for the Paladins, averaging 14.5 points per game. Brittany Hodges leads the team with a rebounding average of 8.4 per contest.
In last year’s meeting in Greenville, Furman came away with a 67-48 win. Stevenson scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, but the Paladins shot 47 percent and limited UNCG to 30 percent efficiency.
Following its matchup with Furman, the Blue and Gold returns to the court Saturday, Feb. 1 when it travels to Elon for a rematch with the Phoenix in a 2 p.m. tip at Alumni Gym.
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