UNCG back on the road at College of Charleston on Saturday
UNCG (8-7, 5-7 SoCon) at College of Charleston (4-12, 1-6 SoCon), Jan. 15, 4:30 p.m., Carolina First Arena, Charleston, S.C.
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UNCG at College of Charleston game notes
• Losers of two straight after a six-game winning streak, UNCG will try to get back into the win column when it wraps up a three-game road swing at College of Charleston on Saturday.
• The Spartans rattled off a six-game winning streak from Dec. 11 to Jan. 5 that including wins in their first five Southern Conference games. Despite dropping contests at Chattanooga and Samford after that, UNCG is still tied for first in the league standings, while CofC has lost seven straight to sit last in the SoCon.
• UNCG dropped a 66-46 decision at Samford on Tuesday in a game that was delayed a day by snow and saw the Spartans return to campus two days later than originally scheduled. UNCG held an early lead but saw the Bulldogs rattle off a 16-0 first-half run to take control. Kendra Smith finished with a team-best 11 points for UNCG, which shot just 18.2 percent in the first period.
• Samford was the second straight UNCG opponent to hit 11 3-pointers against the Spartans. Chattanooga did the same in a 72-63 win on Jan. 8. The Bulldogs shot 20 3s Tuesday, connecting on 55 percent, a season high for a UNCG opponent.
• The Bulldogs recorded assists on 22 of their 25 baskets Tuesday.
• UNCG leads the series with College of Charleston 19-11, but the Cougars have won three straight and nine of the last 13. The Spartans' last win over CofC came in December 2008, while the last road win was in February 2006. UNCG is 0-2 in Carolina First Arena, which opened prior to the 2008-09 season.
• The last time the teams met, Lakiah Hyson's last-second 3-point attempt rimmed out as time expired as CofC hung on for a 54-51 win in Greensboro on Jan. 23, 2010. The Spartans staged an incredible 11-2 run in the final 1:32 of the contest to make it a one-possession game, with Hyson and Smith hitting clutch 3-pointers in the final minute of play.
• Monique Floyd leads UNCG in scoring and rebounding at 13.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest. Amanda Leigh is second in scoring at 12.4 points, while freshman Janae' Stevenson, who has led UNCG in rebounding for most of the season, is now second at 5.9 per contest. Floyd, who leads the SoCon with a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, dishes off a team-best 3.3 assists per game.
• Floyd was named the SoCon Player of the Month for December, as announced by the league office Jan. 6. The Fairmont, N.C., senior averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in the month, leading the Spartans to a 5-1 record and first place in the SoCon standings.
• UNCG's 56-50 win at Western Carolina on Jan. 3 was coach Lynne Agee's 550th at UNCG. She is now 551-302 in 30 seasons at the helm for the Spartans. Overall, she is 597-325 in her 33-year career and needs three more wins to become just the 12th active coach to reach 600.
• College of Charleston coach Nancy Wilson is also nearing a milestone, as she needs just two wins for 300 in her 17-year CofC tenure. She has 529 overall in 29 years.
• After beating Chattanooga for the third time in the last four meetings on Dec. 16, the Cougars have dropped seven straight, the last six on the road.
• On Thursday, CofC's Janae Smith matched the school's Div. I scoring record with 33 points, accounting for nearly half of the Cougars' output, but Wofford claimed a 76-67 win. Smith just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds, as well. CofC trailed by as many as 16 in the contest but was able to get the deficit down to five with about 7 minutes remaining. The Cougars couldn't complete the comeback, however, falling to 1-8 on the road this season.
• Smith's big night vaulted her into the team scoring lead at 11.8 points per contest. Point guard Tonia Gerty, the reigning SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, is second at 10.4 and leads the team with 3.3 assists per game. Smith leads the team in rebounding with 6.0 per contest.
• The Cougars lead the SoCon in offensive rebounding with 14.6 per game. They are last in the league in scoring offense at 53.1 points per game.
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