The past week saw both the men and women who represent UNCG basketball play two conference rivals. The Spartans saw their teams finish last week with 3-1 record.
UNCG 68 CHATT 91
The story of this loss was that Chattanooga was more proficient (11-of-20) from the three point line than the Spartans (3-13) which showed early in the first half, as the Mocs shot out to an early 13-4 lead. The lead kept growing for Chatt until it eventually ballooned to as much as 22 points with under two minutes in the half with the advantage being 47-25. The Spartans trailed at halftime 47-31 but it was the same old song in the first half as the Mocs put the game out of reach early in the second half, going on a 16-2 run to go up 66-33 with just under 15 minutes left in the game. The lead would grow to as much as 40 in the game but UNCG finished the game off strong closing on a 20-3 run. Redshirt freshman James Dickey led the stat sheet with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks off the bench. Senior RJ White chipped in 11 points as well. This is the Spartans 3rd consecutive conference loss after starting league play at 7-1.
UNCG 81 Samford 75
Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs was a stark contrast from Thursday’s contest with the Mocs. This was a back and forth affair with 11 ties and 18 lead changes, with neither team able to build a substantial lead. The Spartans went to their seniors RJ White and Diante Baldwin early and often in the first half, gathering 13 and 11 points respectively. UNCG clung to a 36-34 lead at the half, but leads in this game were proven to be fluid. After coming out of the break leading 41-36, Samford quickly tied, and proceeded to make a run to go up 52-48. The Spartans would then go on an 11-0 run of their own to take the lead 62-56 with 8 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs battled back to cut the lead to 70-68 with 3:30 left in the game, but UNCG would not relinquish the lead after going on another 7-1 run and playing the late free throw game to secure the win. RJ White had his 11th career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Baldwin led all scores with 22 points. The Spartans will take a week off, next facing Western Carolina on the road.
UNCG 67 Wofford 61
The Spartans looked to extend their conference winning streak in Fleming Gymnasium Thursday night, but it was not going to be an easy task against the Wofford Terriers. It was a back and forth matchup for most of the first quarter until Wofford held UNCG scoreless for the last 5 minutes of the quarter, leading 16-9. The Spartans would return the favor against the Terriers, holding them without a basket for the final five minutes of the half to lead 24-23 at halftime. This momentum shift started with a 9-2 run at the beginning of the second period. While Wofford outshot UNCG in the third quarter (50 percent to 30 percent the offensive rebounding kept the Lady Spartans in the game, only trailing the Terriers 40-37 into the final quarter. UNCG went on an 8-0 run to go up 6 with 7 to play, a lead they would not give up. Nadine Soliman lead the way with 17 points and Shines Harris chipped in with 11 points off the bench.
UNCG 65 Furman 52
Saturday’s game against the Paladins was a back and forth affair just like Thursday’s matchup against the Terriers, but this time the Spartans were able to pull away more definitively this time out. After starting out slow in the first half shooting 26.7 percent from the field and trailing 24-22 at the break, UNCG opened the second half on an 8-0 run and outscored Furman 25-7 in the third. After leading by 16, the Spartans did not let up in defeating the Paladins 65-52, securing their fourth straight conference home victory. Alexis Pitchfork lead the way with 16 points, while Te’ja Twitty had her 4th double double of the season with twelve points and fourteen rebounds.