UNCG (2-7, 1-2 SoCon) at Furman (6-3, 3-0 SoCon), Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Greenville, S.C.
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• UNCG heads to Greenville, S.C., for a bout against Southern Conference leader Furman on Monday as it continues its season-long six-game road trip.
• After playing at Richmond on Dec. 10 and Wofford on Saturday, UNCG faces Furman before heading out to California for San Diego State's Surf 'N Slam Classic. UNCG will close out the stretch at Western Carolina on Jan. 7 before finally returning home to host Appalachian State on Jan. 9.
• UNCG fell to Wofford on Saturday, 62-47, while playing without leading scorer Breonna Patterson, who missed the contest with a foot injury. Janae' Stevenson stepped up in her place, scoring a career-high 16 points, while Jazz Weaver scored 13 points for the second straight game to match her own career high. Point guard Dayshaun Richbow played all 40 minutes in Patterson's absence, dishing off eight assists to match her season high.
• The Spartans were held without a 3-pointer against Wofford, snapping a streak of 156 games with at least one made 3 that dated back to 2006. The Terriers came into the contest leading the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense and only improved their mark.
• Patterson, who is questionable for Monday's contest, leads UNCG with 11.7 points per game. Stevenson's big night at Wofford vaulted her into second place in scoring at 8.3 points per game, while Natalie Headley and freshman Jarae Savage are tied for third with 7.4 points per game. Savage leads the team with 4.9 rebounds per contest and Dayshaun Richbow leads the team with 3.6 assists per game and 2.0 steals per contest.
• UNCG holds a 20-12 edge in the series with Furman but the teams have split the regular-season meetings in each of the last four seasons. The Spartans are 8-7 against Furman in Greenville, S.C., but the Paladins have defended their home court in each of the last two years.
• Each team won on its home floor last season, with UNCG taking a 71-61 win in Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 20 and Furman getting even with a 67-42 win in Greenville on Jan. 31. Monique Floyd scored a then-career-high 23 points to lead the Spartans to the win in the first game, while Kaitlin Murphy had 17 to pace the Paladins in the rematch. Floyd scored her 1,000th career point in the loss, becoming just the 22nd player in school history to reach the milestone.
• Furman is off to a 6-3 start on the season and is 3-0 in league play for the first time since 2005-06. The Paladins opened the season with a loss at Charleston Southern but followed that with wins Presbyterian, Troy and UNC Asheville before dropping a one-point game to Clemson. Furman rebounded with wins over College of Charleston and Georgia Southern to open SoCon play before suffering a setback at South Carolina. The Paladins topped Elon on Saturday, 75-60.
•Against the Phoenix, Raegan Thompson scored 15 points to pace four Paladins in double figures in the 15-point win. Murphy and Teshia Griswold had 13 each and Brittany Hodges had 11 as Furman snapped its five-game losing streak to Elon.
• Thompson leads Furman with 11.4 points per game, but Murphy, a preseason All-SoCon pick, is just a shade behind her at 11.3. Griswold scores 10.1 points per game to give the Paladins three double-figure scorers. Lashana Booker pulls down a team-best 6.3 rebounds per game, while Murphy is second in the league with 5.0 assists per game.
• Furman is among the league leaders in free throw percentage, shooting 73.4 percent from the line. Individually, Murphy is third in the league and 12th nationally at 93.5 percent. The Paladins are also among the league leaders with 5.0 blocked shots per game.
• Booker was the first SoCon Player of the Week of the season after scoring 29 points in the loss at Charleston Southern. Her 29 points are the most scored by a SoCon player this season.
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