CHARLESTON, S.C. - The UNCG women's basketball team kicks off a three-game road trip Monday morning, traveling south for a Southern Conference matchup against College of Charleston at TD Arena. The Spartans look to avenge an 88-61 setback to the Cougars at Fleming Gymnasium back on Dec. 3, 2012.
The Blue and Gold dropped a 60-49 decision at home Saturday to Western Carolina. The Catamounts turned the ball over one more time than the Spartans (13-12) and shot a lower percentage (.358-.333), but crashed the glass to the tune of 46 rebounds – including 21 offensive caroms – to tally 16 second-chance points. UNCG was limited to just 32 rebounds and made just six of 11 free throws (.545) as compared to a 10-for-13 (.769) performance by Western.
Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) led all scorers in the contest with 19 points while hitting four of the Spartans' five (5) three-point field goals. Also scoring in double figures was freshman guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) who put in 12 points. Senior forward Sidnei Harmon (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) pulled down a team-high eight rebounds with three on the offensive glass. The Catamounts were led in scoring by Makensey Campbell's 18 points and five (5) three-pointers off the bench. Additionally, of the 11 Western Carolina players who saw action, 10 of them recorded multiple rebounds.
• Monday's contest marks the 36th between UNCG and College of Charleston with the Spartans holding a 22-13 advantage in the series.
• In the season's first meeting, Latisha Harris led the way for College of Charleston with 23 points and nine rebounds, hitting nine of her 15 shots. Patterson paced UNCG with 13 points while Mason dropped in 12. On the glass for the Spartans, Jarae Savage picked up 10 rebounds, including four offensive boards. After a 28-percent showing from the field in the first half, the Blue and Gold hit 40 percent (15-for-38) in the final 20 minutes to end up at 34 percent. Thanks to the efficient second half, the Cougars finished at 49 percent (34-for-69 total). College of Charleston also held the upper hand in rebounding by a count of 48-38, and recorded 19 assists. Both squads turned the ball over 16 times while the Spartans ended up with a 5-4 advantage in blocks.
• College of Charleston suffered an 80-71 loss last Monday to Furman at home and enter the game at 8-12 overall and 4-7 in SoCon action. Junior Alyssa Frye set the College of Charleston women's basketball Division I record for three-pointers in a single season, making seven three-pointers - her third seven three-point performance this season as she scored a career-high 27 points. Fellow junior Jillian Brown recorded her sixth double-digit assist game this season with 11 and moved into third on the school record list for assists in a season with 135.
• The contest is slated for a special 11:30 a.m. tip as College of Charleston will celebrate its annual Education Day, welcoming a large group of school children to TD Arena.
The Spartans will embark on their last weekend road trip of the season, traveling to Birmingham, Ala. and Chattanooga, Tenn. for a pair of Southern Conference matchups. UNCG will face Samford Saturday, Feb. 9 before heading to Chattanooga for a Monday contest.
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