UNCG looks to get back on track against Western on Monday
UNCG (10-12, 7-7 SoCon) vs. Western Carolina (6-16, 4-9 SoCon), Feb. 7, 12 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium
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• UNCG will try to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Western Carolina for a rare noon start at Fleming Gymnasium on Monday.
• UNCG coach Lynne Agee enters Monday's contest with 599 career wins, meaning she needs just one more to become only the 14th active coach to record 600 career victories.
• Monique Floyd scored a career-high 27 points, including a go-ahead basket with 4.7 seconds left, but Georgia Southern countered with a layup at the buzzer as the Lady Eagles stole a 68-67 win on Saturday in Statesboro, Ga. Dayshaun Richbow scored 11 points for the Spartans. Floyd had a game-high nine rebounds.
• Floyd, a senior guard, scored her 1,000th career point in UNCG's loss at Furman last week. Her next milestone will likely come in the rebounding department, as she is just 28 shy of 500 for her career.
• UNCG brings a 10-12 overall record and a 7-7 Southern Conference mark into Monday's contest. The Spartans are tied for fifth with Georgia Southern in the SoCon standings, but have lost seven of their last nine after a six-game winning streak. UNCG is 2-7 in the SoCon since starting 5-0.
• Western Carolina is 6-16 overall and 4-9 in the SoCon, sitting in ninth place in the league, a game back of eighth.
• UNCG's 10 wins match its win total from all of last season. With at least seven games left on the schedule (and perhaps more, depending on how UNCG fares at the SoCon Championship), the Spartans are seeking their first winning season since going 20-10 in 2006-07.
• Western Carolina is one of just three SoCon teams to lead the all-time series against UNCG (Chattanooga and Samford are the others). The Catamounts are 26-24 against the Spartans all-time, but UNCG has won three of the last four. The Spartans took two of three from WCU last season and won this season's first contest, 56-50 on Jan. 3.
• Amanda Leigh scored a game-high 14 points and UNCG weathered Western Carolina's second-half rally to down Western in this season's first meeting. Floyd had 11 points and nine rebounds. Western Carolina's Janae' McKinney had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Kaila'Shea Menendez scored a team-best 13 points and Caitlin Hollifield pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points. The Spartans held a 34-20 halftime lead, but saw the Catamounts cut it to three late on an Emily Clarke 3-pointer. The Catamounts were forced to foul to stop the clock and Floyd hit three free throws in the last 34 second to put the game away.
• Floyd leads UNCG in scoring at 14.6 points per game and leads the team by mere percentage points with 6.0 rebounds per contest. Freshman Janae' Stevenson also averages 6.0 rebounds per contest and blocks 1.3 shots per game. Amanda Leigh is UNCG's second-leading scorer at 11.5 points per game. Floyd dishes off a team-best 3.1 assists per game while Dayshaun Richbow leads UNCG with 2.2 steals per game.
• Several Spartans are making moves in the UNCG record book. Kendra Smith is 10th on the career blocked shots list with 45, while Stevenson is 10th in single-season blocked shots with 27. Floyd ninth in school history in career steals with 178. Leigh is third in school history with 156 3-pointers.
• UNCG's Smith and Western Carolina's McKinney were high school teammates at Kendrick High School in Columbus, Ga.
• After a stretch of three wins in four tries, Western Carolina has lost five straight games, but four of those losses have come against the top four teams in the league. The Catamounts have dropped consecutive games to Chattanooga, Samford, Elon, Appalchian State and Davidson.
• In Western's 65-56 loss at Davidson on Saturday, Menendez matched her career high with 21 points, including an 8-for-8 effort at the free throw line. Rena Wakama hit four of WCU's season-high eight 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.
• Menendez is the only Catamount player averaging double figures, as she scores a team-best 11.0 points per game. Hollifield scores 9.5 points per game and pulls down 6.3 rebounds per contest, while McKinney leads the squad with 6.6 boards per game.
• McKinney leads the SoCon with 3.0 offensive rebounds per game, while UNCG's Floyd is tied for second at 2.7.
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