STATESBORO, Ga. - With just two games remaining in the 2012-13 regular season, the UNCG women's basketball team completes its road schedule by heading south to face Georgia Southern Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Hanner Fieldhouse. The Spartans look to rebound after suffering a 77-46 home loss to Appalachian State Wednesday at Fleming Gymnasium.
The Spartans shot just 28 percent from the field against the Mountaineers and turned the ball over26 times while Appalachian scored 28 points off those miscues and shot 52 percent from the floor. The Mountaineers also dished out 27 assists on 34 baskets while out-scoring UNCG 26-8 on the fast break and scoring 40 points in the paint. In terms of rebounding, Appalachian State won the battle overall 45-27 and pulled down 20 offensive boards which led to 20 second-chance points for the visitors.
Junior guard Breonna Patterson (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) was the lone Spartan in double figures offensively as she netted 14 points and was perfect from the free throw line – knocking down all four of her attempts. Freshman forward Diamond Cooper (Orlando,Fla./WestOrange) scored a career-high six points in the first half while a trio of UNCG players pulled down five rebounds.
• Saturday's contest marks the 38th between UNCG and Georgia Southern with the Spartans holding a 20-17 advantage in the series. The Eagles won a 63-56 decision back on Jan.26 at Fleming Gymnasium.
• In the season's first meeting, Patterson led all UNCG scorers with 12 points while Janae' Stevenson fell just one rebound short of her fourth double-double in five contests as she tallied 11 points and nine boards before fouling out late in the game. Also working the glass for the Spartans was Sidnei Harmon who pulled down eight rebounds. The Eagles knocked down 40 percent of their shots from the field (25-for-62) while UNCG ended up at 38 percent (20-for-53). The Spartans were awarded 21 free throw attempts but hit just 12. Conversely, Georgia Southern drained eight of its 11 tries from the charity stripe. The Eagles also finished with the upper hand in rebounding, 39-36, as both teams racked up 13 offensive boards. UNCG posted 10 assists on its 20 buckets, with Lucy Mason dishing out five helpers, while GSU was credited with nine.
• Georgia Southern enters the game at 6-21 overall, the same as the Blue and Gold, but are two games in front of the Spartans in the league standings at 5-13. In their last outing, the Eagles traveled to Greenville, S.C. and suffered a 57-48 setback to Furman. Meredyth Frye had 15 points for GSU and added five rebounds, while MiMi DuBose scored 13. Anna Claire Knight collected seven points and eight rebounds, and Ronnesha Smith logged five points and six boards. Georgia Southern wound up shooting 27 percent for the game, while Furman shot 35 percent. The Paladins held a 44-32 advantage on the boards and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds.
• If the regular season ended today, UNCG would serve as the No. 10 seed in the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Championship at Asheville, N.C. The Spartans would match up against No.7 Furman. UNCG split a pair of games with the Paladins this season, falling 67-48 on the road before winning 60-59 in Greensboro.
UNCG closes the regular season Monday, hosting Wofford at 7 p.m. inside Fleming Gymnasium. The Spartans will honor seniors Sidnei Harmon and Natalie Headley before the game.
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