CHARLESTON, S.C. – UNCG got a season-high 16 points from senior Monique Floyd and a career-high 12 points from sophomore Sidnei Harmon in her first career start, but the Spartans could not overcome 22 turnovers and 13 Charleston Southern 3-pointers in a 77-67 loss to the Buccaneers on Monday.
UNCG fell to 0-3 with the loss, while Charleston Southern improved to 3-1.
Katie Tull scored a game-high 21 points for the Bucs, going 7-for-12 from 3-point range and setting CSU's career 3-point record on the night. Kelsey Wasmer had the game's lone double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The Spartans trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, but managed to get their deficit back to single digits several times, thanks mostly to Floyd and Harmon. Floyd had 13 of her points in the second half, while Harmon scored all of hers after intermission, going 6-for-6 from the floor to set a new career high for the second straight game.
UNCG trailed 33-25 at halftime, but CSU opened the second half with five straight field goals, including three straight 3s. Floyd and Harmon kept the game from getting out of hand, however, combining for the Spartans' first 10 points as UNCG nearly matched the Bucs bucket for bucket.
After a Tull 3 made it 51-37 with 14:58 to play, UNCG turned in an 11-4 run to cut its deficit in half. Harmon had eight points in the run as the Spartans again made it close, trailing just 55-48 with 9:13 to go.
The Bucs would blow it back open, however, getting five points from Wasmer and four from Lakeitha Alston as Charleston Southern pumped its lead up to a game-high 15 at 69-54 with just 5:25 to go.
UNCG would chip away again, getting a Brey Dorsett 3-pointer, a pair of free throws from Janae' Stevenson and a Floyd jumper to get it down to single digits at 70-61. Floyd added a pair of free throws and Stevenson hit another free throw to cap UNCG's 10-1 run and make it a 70-64 game with just 2:55 left.
The rally stalled with a four-point swing with just over two minutes left, as a missed Floyd layup turned into a pair of CSU free throws on the other end when Lydia Johnson was fouled on the rebound. CSU reached the double bonus with 3:36 to play.
The Bucs closed out the game at the free throw line, going 5-for-6 and getting a Johnson layup in the final 2:14.
UNCG was plagued by turnovers on the evening, particularly in a sloppy first half that saw the Spartans turn the ball over 16 times. Charleston Southern scored 25 points off UNCG miscues in the contest.
All 13 players that dressed out saw time for the Spartans, with 11 of them scoring. Stevenson, a freshman playing in just her second career game, had a career-high eight points to go with six boards. Amanda Leigh just missed double figures, as well, finishing with nine points.
Greensboro native Helen Terry finished with 13 points for the Bucs, while Alston had 12 to round out four CSU players in double figures.
UNCG returns to action Friday in Miami, Fla., when it will take on Eastern Illinois in the Mayfair Hotel and Spa Thanksgiving Tournament.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 77, UNCG 67
Monique Floyd 6-10 4-6 16; Sidnei Harmon 6-6 0-0 12; Amanda Leigh 4-13 0-0 9; Janae' Stevenson 1-2 6-8 8; Brey Dorsett 2-5 1-2 7; Dayshaun Richbow 2-5 0-1 5; Agneta Morkunaite 1-2 1-1 3; Amy Clapper 1-1 0-0 2; Nneka Awuruonye 1-1 0-0 2; Jazz Weaver 1-8 0-1 2; Sarah Folwell 0-2 1-2 1; Colleen Nosovitch 0-0 0-0 0; Kendra Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 13-21 67.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (3-1)
TULL, Katie 7-13 0-0 21; WASMER, Kelsey 4-11 7-10 17; TERRY, Helen 5-10 0-2 13; ALSTON, Lakeitha 5-14 1-2 12; JOHNSON, Lydia 3-6 2-2 8; RUTLEDGE, Kiki 2-5 0-0 4; GIBSON, Danielle 1-1 0-0 2; SPAULDING, Margaret 0-0 0-0 0; KIRKPATRICK, Kirklin 0-0 0-0 0; BRATCHER, Erin 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 10-16 77.
UNCG.......................... 25 42 - 67
Charleston Southern........... 33 44 - 77
3-point goals--UNCG 4-17 (Brey Dorsett 2-4; Dayshaun Richbow 1-2; Amanda Leigh 1-7; Agneta Morkunaite 0-1; Sarah Folwell 0-2; Kendra Smith 0-1), Charleston Southern 13-31 (TULL, Katie 7-12; TERRY, Helen 3-5; WASMER, Kelsey 2-7; ALSTON, Lakeitha 1-3; BRATCHER, Erin 0-3; RUTLEDGE, Kiki 0-1). Fouled out--UNCG-Kendra Smith, Charleston Southern-None. Rebounds--UNCG 39 (Dayshaun Richbow 6; Janae' Stevenson 6), Charleston Southern 38 (WASMER, Kelsey 10). Assists--UNCG 14 (Dayshaun Richbow 3; Monique Floyd 3; Amanda Leigh 3), Charleston Southern 16 (TERRY, Helen 4; TULL, Katie 4). Total fouls--UNCG 22, Charleston Southern 19. Technical fouls--UNCG-None, Charleston Southern-None. A-767
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