HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s basketball team is on its first three-game winning streak of the year and will look to continue it on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when it hosts UNC Asheville.
Due to weather conditions in the state, the tip time has been pushed back to 4:30 p.m.
After eight conference games, the Panthers (6-11, 5-3) find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Big South standings. On the other hand, the Bulldogs (13-4, 6-2) are part of a five-way tie atop the rankings.
Last Time Out
• Freshman Haleigh Hatfield hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter en route to a 20-point outing to lead HPU to a 74-67 win at Winthrop on Tuesday.
• Freshman Lindsey Edwards (12 points) and sophomore Kat Harris (11 points) also registered double-digit performances.
• Junior Kaylah Keys posted nine points and dished out a team-best four assists.
• Freshman Emma Bockrath scored nine points while hitting 2-of-2 attempts from beyond the arc.
• Senior Aariel Allen anchored the Panthers inside with seven points and seven rebounds.
• The freshman class scored 47 of the teams 74 points on Tuesday and have scored over half of the team’s points in 12 of the team’s 17 games this season.
• HPU’s seven freshmen are logging 64 percent of the team’s minutes and are scoring 58 percent of HPU points and grabbing 62 percent of the squads steals this season.
• During the 3-game winning streak the freshman have scored 148 of the squad’s 196 points (76 percent).
• Edwards (8.9 ppg) and Bockrath (8.5 ppg) are second and fourth respectively among Big South freshmen scoring leaders.
• Junior Kaylah Keys is the leading active scorer in the Big South Conference after passing Liberty’s Ashley Rininger in early January.
• Keys is fifth on HPU’s Division I scoring list with 1,265 points in just two-plus seasons.
• Currently the Purple & White are the only team in the conference that isn’t either tied for first, or under .500. However, five of HPU’s next six contests come against teams that are tied atop the league standings.
Scouting the Bulldogs
• In a year of surprises, UNC Asheville has been the biggest revelation in the Big South this season. The team was picked eighth in the preseason poll, but has been the league’s most dominant team winning by an average of 14.6 ppg.
• Despite the hot start, the Bulldogs are 2-2 in their last four and are coming off a 58-56 home loss against Gardner-Webb last Saturday.
• Asheville is the conference’s third-best 3-point shooting team, but hit just 3-of-21 in the setback to the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
• The league’s top offense is led by the junior duo of Tianna Knuckles and Chatori Major who combine for 26 points per contest while hitting 65 of the team’s 97 trifectas on the season.
• Besides Knuckles and Major, the team has five other players posting more than 6.0 points per outing.
• The Bulldogs outrebound opponents by an average of 5.7 rebounds per night. Eight different players are posting at least 3.0 boards led by senior K.J. Weavers’ 6.3 rebounds per game.
All-Time Series with UNC Asheville
• HPU leads the series 34-11 and have won the last 13 contests with the Bulldogs.
• The Panthers are 17-3 when hosting UNC Asheville in the Millis Center.
Last Time They Met
• High Point picked up a 17-point win on the road and a 3-point win at home against UNC Asheville in 2014-15.
• Junior Kaylah Keys led the way both times with 15.0 points per game.
The Purple & White are on the road on Tuesday at Radford (7:00 p.m.) and again on Saturday when they visit Liberty (2:00 p.m.).