GREENSBORO, N.C. - The UNCG women's basketball team plays its penultimate home game of the 2012-13 campaign Saturday, hosting Appalachian State at 2 p.m. to close the season series between the teams. The Spartans had the lead in the last minute of regulation against Davidson Monday, but the Wildcats rallied to post a 59-56 overtime win at Fleming Gymnasium.
Juniors Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) and Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) led four UNCG players in double figures with 12 points apiece while senior forward Sidnei Harmon (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) and freshman guard Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) added 10 points each. Harmon pulled down a career-high matching 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the campaign. Additionally, Patterson dished out a team-best four assists and tallied three steals.
The Spartans out-shot the Wildcats, hitting 35 percent as compared to Davidson's 31 percent, and won the rebounding battle 49-42. However, the difference in the evenly-played contest proved to be the turnover column as UNCG coughed up the ball 22 times which led to 24 Wildcat points off those miscues. The Spartans also missed some key free throws down the stretch that could have sealed the game in regulation, finishing 10-for-17 at the charity stripe – just 59 percent.
• Saturday's contest marks the 59th between UNCG and Appalachian State with the Mountaineers holding a 30-28 advantage in the series. Appalachian has won seven straight over the Spartans with the last UNCG victory coming Feb. 23, 2009 in a 74-60 decision at Fleming Gymnasium.
• In the season's first meeting, the Mountaineers outscored UNCG 44-27 in the second half to take control of a close contest and record an 81-58 win at the Holmes Convocation Center. Stevenson fell just one rebound short of her third-straight double-double, leading the Blue and Gold with 14 points and nine rebounds. She was joined in double figures by freshman guard Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) who chipped in with 12. Also helping out on the glass was Harmon as she posted eight rebounds. The Spartans turned the ball over 22 times in the contest and ASU took advantage by scoring 28 points off those miscues. Appalachian State gave it away 20 times, leading to 16 points for UNCG. Both squads ended up with 65 shots from the field, but the Mountaineers hit 30 of their attempts to finish at 46 percent while the Spartans ended up with a 32-percent performance. ASU also won the overall rebounding battle 46-41, but the Blue and Gold surpassed its season average with 19 offensive boards. UNCG went to the free throw line 24 times thanks to 25 Mountaineer fouls, but could only knock down 13 of the attempts.
• Appalachian State has won six of its last seven games and sits in third place in the league standings with two weeks to go in the regular season. The Mountaineers downed College of Charleston at home Wednesday as Kelsey Sharkey dropped in a career-high 14 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Senior Anna Freeman also had a big day as she tallied 18 points and 18 rebounds. It was a relatively close contest throughout as the Mountaineers jumped out to a 37-30 haftime edge before out-scoring the Cougars 37-35 in the second stanza. ASU out-rebounded CofC 54-51 while holding the Cougars to just 29 percent shooting from the field.
UNCG plays its last road contest of the 2012-13 campaign when the Spartans travel to Georgia Southern Saturday, March 2 for a 7 p.m. tipoff at Hanner Fieldhouse.
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