UNCG continues homestand against Radford on Saturday
UNCG (2-5) vs. Radford (3-5), Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Fleming Gym
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• UNCG hosts its second straight Big South Conference opponent in Radford on Saturday for the second game in its season-high four-game homestand. The Spartans and Highlanders will tip at 2 p.m. at Fleming Gym.
• UNCG holds a 10-5 lead in the series against Radford, but the teams have not met since 1998. The Highlanders took that meeting 68-64 in Bethlehem, Pa., but the Spartans won the five meetings prior to that. All but two of the meetings between the teams came as Big South opponents, as UNCG was a member of that league from 1992-97. Radford has never won in Greensboro, as the Highlanders are 0-5 in Fleming Gym.
• The Spartans are 0-5 against Big South opponents over the last two years, and have lost both contests against Big South schools so far this season. Charleston Southern topped the Spartans 77-67 on Nov. 22 and High Point downed UNCG 79-60 on Tuesday.
• Monique Floyd scored 15 points and Jazz Weaver added a career-high 11 off the bench for the Spartans in the loss to High Point, but the Panthers put all five starters in double figures and shot 70.4 percent from the floor in the second half to blow open what had been a five-point game at the half.
• UNCG had a season-low 15 turnovers against the Panthers on Tuesday.
• It's been all or nothing for the Spartans this season, it seems. UNCG has been in only two games decided by fewer than 10 points, falling to UNC Wilmington 62-58 on Nov. 15 and topping Eastern Illinois on Nov. 26, 66-58. Four contests have been decided by 16 points or more, with the Spartans winning just one of those, a 66-47 victory at Morgan State on Dec. 1. Between that and the High Point contest, UNCG has been on both sides of 19-point blowouts in its last two games.
• After using a different lineup in each of its first four games, UNCG has used the same one – Kendra Smith, Janae' Stevenson, Monique Floyd, Amanda Leigh and Dayshaun Richbow – in each of the last three. That unit is the same one that started the season-opener at Clemson on Nov. 12.
• Leigh leads UNCG this season with 12.1 points per game, while Floyd is just a shade behind her at 12.0. Stevenson averages a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game, while Richbow and Floyd pace the team with 3.1 assists per game each.
• Floyd, a senior, has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load this season and has done just that, as she is averaging more than four points per game more than her career average entering the season. She has been in double figures in six of UNCG's seven games so far this season, the best seven-game stretch of her career in that regard.
• Radford is 3-5 on the season with wins over Division III Ferrum College, the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's Southern Virginia and in-state rival George Mason. The Highlanders have dropped games at Pittsburgh and Virginia, as well as at the Southern Conference's Davidson. Radford has also lost to a pair of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools in Howard and Hampton.
• The Highlanders crushed Southern Virginia – ranked No. 9 in USCAA – by a 71-39 score Thursday, getting 12 points each from Kaylyn Crosier and Ciara Hayes. Radford found itself trailing by one early in the first half, but used a 30-2 run to take control of the game. The Highlanders shot 51.9 percent from the floor (27-for-52) and scored 35 points off 35 Southern Virginia turnovers.
• Sophomore Da'Naria Erwin Spencer leads Radford in scoring with 13.7 points per game. Denay Wood is second at 9.0 points per game, while Brooke McElroy paces the squad with 5.6 rebounds per game. Erwin Spencer, a Big South All-Freshman selection last season, leads the Highlanders with 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
• Erwin Spencer was the Big South Player of the Week on Nov. 30 after averaging 17.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in contests against Hampton and George Mason.
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