UNCG Women’s Basketball Travels to Kentucky for First SEC Game
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s basketball team travels to Lexington, Kentucky for its first of two games against Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponents as it takes on the Kentucky Wildcats Sunday afternoon.
Where: Memorial Coliseum | Lexington, Ky.
When: Sunday, December 4
Time: 1 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
· The Spartans dropped an overtime contest to Presbyterian, 67-54, on Wednesday night.
· Faith Price led Spartan scorers with 12 points off the bench on 4-of-12 shooting from three-point range.
· Nasia Powell finished with eight points and six rebounds.
· Antoniette Emma-Nnopu came off the bench to post seven points and ten rebounds including five offensive rebounds.
· Khalis Cain led the Spartans with 12 rebounds, six on the offensive glass.
· The Spartans shot 25.6 percent from the field compared to Presbyterian’s 41.4 percent.
· UNCG won the turnover battle as the Spartans forced 25 Presbyterian turnovers while the Blue Hose forced 17.
· Presbyterian held the rebounding advantage, 50-44, but the Spartans doubled the Blue Hose on the offensive glass, 20-10.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
· UNCG’s 68.4 points per game currently stands second in the Southern Conference (SoCon)
· The Spartans’ 3.6 blocks and 9.1 steals per game is the most in the SoCon.
· Khalis Cain leads the charge in blocks with 2.0 per game, leading the conference.
· Their +6.14 turnover margin is the best in the league while their 0.8 assist to turnover ratio stands second.
· Kennedy Simpson (10.7 points per game) and Faith Price (10.1) lead the Spartans in scoring.
· Khalis Cain’s 10.1 rebounds stands first in the SoCon. Her 58.3 percent field goal percentage is good for second in the league. Her 5.0 offensive rebounds also stands atop the conference.
· Akira Wiggins averages 9.4 points per game and boasts 3.3 assists per contest, which is fifth in the SoCon.
· Nitzan Amar’s 3.1 assists per game stands one spot behind Wiggins.
· Nasia Powell (1.7 steals per game) stands third in the conference in steals while Cain and Simpson (1.6 steals) stand in a tie for fifth place.
· Price’s 2.7 three-point field goals per game is the second most in the league.
· The Wildcats are 5-1 on the season with their lone loss coming to ninth-ranked Virginia Tech.
· Kentucky bounced back after their first loss in Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship in the Bahamas to defeat Dayton, 70-44.
· Robyn Benton led the Wildcats with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, 2-of-5 from three-point range.
· Ajae Petty posted 12 points off the bench while pulling down six rebounds.
· Jada Walker added 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
· Maddie Scherr posted five points but also accumulated eight rebounds, 11 assists, and four steals.
· The Wildcats scored 28 points off Dayton turnovers.
· Benton leads the Wildcats with 14.3 points per game and adds 2.5 steals per contest.
· Walker shoots 53.4 percent from the field and averages 14 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.8 steals per game.
· Blair Green adds 10.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
· Scherr tallies 6.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists per contest.
· Kentucky posted a 19-12 overall record with an 8-8 record in SEC play in 2021-22. Princeton knocked off the Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament in Bloomington, Ind.
· The Wildcats are picked to finish seventh in the SEC Preseason Media Poll.
· Three of the next four UNCG contests are on the road.
· The Spartans’ lone home game in the stretch comes Thursday, December 8 against Davidson at 7 p.m.
· UNCG then starts a three-game road trip, starting with South Carolina State Monday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m.
· The road trip then swings south to Florida with an 11 a.m. matchup with Stetson on December 15 and a December 18 matchup with the SEC’s Florida Gators at 2 p.m.
· Virginia University Lynchburg visits Fleming Gym to face the Spartans December 21 at 2 p.m.
· UNCG closes out the two-game homestand on the other side of the Christmas holiday December 30 at 7 p.m. against Lenoir-Rhyne.
· Both sides will take the court against each other for the first time in program history.
· The Spartans will be playing the 15th all-time matchup against an opponent from the SEC.
Courtesy of Denise Archetto
Assistant Athletic Director For Strategic Communications