UNCG opens season at Clemson on Friday
UNCG (0-0) at Clemson (0-0), Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m., Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.
• UNCG officially opens its 42nd season of women's basketball at Clemson on Friday. The Spartans are 20-21 all-time in season-openers, including an 8-11 mark since moving to NCAA Division I for the 1991-92 season. UNCG is 13-16 in season-openers under coach Lynne Agee.
• Agee is embarking on her 30th season at the helm for UNCG this season. With a 589-318 career record in 33 total years on the sidelines, Agee is 12th among active coaches in terms of wins and 20th among Div. I coaches all-time.
• The Spartans return three starters from last year's 10-20 squad in seniors Monique Floyd, Amanda Leigh and Kendra Smith. The trio, who serve as UNCG's captains this season, have plenty of experience under their belts, as Floyd is a three-year starter and Leigh is a two-year starter. Smith stepped into the starting lineup as a regular for the first time last season. The three combined for more than half of UNCG's 150 starts last year, starting 78 games among them. Together, they averaged 25.7 points per game, led by Leigh's 10.6.
• Leigh enters this season with a shot at setting the school record for career 3-pointers in just three seasons on the squad. Despite transferring from Winthrop after her freshman season, Leigh has vaulted up to sixth in school history with 112 3s in just two seasons in a UNCG uniform. The school record of 193 was set by Jasmine Byrd from 2003-07, meaning Leigh, who hit 67 3-pointers last season, is just 81 back of Byrd's mark.
• Floyd could become just the 22nd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points this season. The Fairmont, N.C., native enters the 2010-11 campaign with 712 for her career, leaving her just 288 points shy of reaching the milestone. Floyd scored 292 points as a sophomore and 255 as a junior, meaning the mark is well within reach.
• UNCG returns 65.5 percent of its scoring from last season. The biggest losses came from a pair of starters, as Lakiah Hyson and Agne Girstautaite, both lost to graduation, averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 points per game, respectively.
• The Spartans won three of their last four games to end the 2009-10 campaign, downing Furman and Elon to end the regular season and topping Western Carolina in the first round of the Southern Conference Championship. UNCG's run ended there, however, as eventual champion Chattanooga put an end to UNCG's season in the quarterfinal round.
• UNCG led the SoCon in steals last season with 10.33 per game and was second in the league in turnover margin at +2.07.
• UNCG was picked to finish ninth in the SoCon this season in both the preseason media and coaches polls.
• In their lone exhibition, the Spartans downed Winston-Salem State on Saturday, 55-52. Floyd had a monster game, going for 17 points and 10 rebounds.
• Clemson leads the all-time series with the Spartans, 3-1. The teams have not met since the 2000-01 campaign.
• The Tigers return just one starter from last year's 13-18 squad. Clemson went 4-10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference to finish 11th. Shaniqua Pauldo is the lone returning starter. She was Clemson's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 11.4 points per game, and started all 31 games for the Tigers. Gone is two-time All-ACC player Lele Hardy, who led the squad with 14.4 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game last year.
• Clemson welcomes former player Itoro Coleman as its new head coach this season, but Coleman's debut is being delayed by maternity leave after she had her third child Nov. 5. Karleen Thompson will act as head coach in her absence, but Coleman will be the coach of record.
• Clemson was picked 12th in the preseason ACC poll.
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