UNCG Women’s Basketball Set for Season Opener at App State TONIGHT at 6:30pm

UNCG Women’s Basketball Set for Season Opener at App State

GREENSBORO, NC – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s basketball team is set to open the 2023-24 season at Appalachian State on Monday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Game Info
Where: Boone, N.C. | Holmes Convocation Center
When: Monday, Nov. 6
Time: 6:30 p.m.
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QUICK HITTERS FOR THE SPARTANS
Head Coach Trina Patterson will enter her eighth season at UNCG on Monday.
The Spartans were picked to finish sixth in the 2023-24 SoCon Preseason Coaches’ Poll, trailing ETSU, Chattanooga, Mercer, Wofford and Furman and coming in front of Samford and Western Carolina.
After Isys Grady’s efforts in the 2022-23 season, the junior was named the 2023-24 SoCon Preseason All-Conference Team.
UNCG concluded the 2022-23 season at The Southern Conference (SoCon) Tournament in a semifinal matchup to Wofford, dropping the game by just two scoring possessions (68-63). The team defeated Mercer, 63-59 in an overtime deciding win ove to clinch a six-game win streak from the regular season to the semifinals.
As a team, UNCG finished the season 40th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.8), and 79th in bench points per game (21.0).
In SoCon action, the Spartans finished in the top five in 19 categories, including first in bench points per game (21), turnovers per game (16.33), and blocks per game (3.5). UNCG finished second in assist/turnover ratio (0.82), offensive rebounds per game (13.8), and turnover margin (1.93).
Nasia Powell is the returning leading scorer for the Spartans after averaging 9.9 points per game in the 2022-23 season. Powell appeared and started in nine games last season, due to a season-ending injury.
Isys Grady follows closely behind Powell as the second returning leading scorer on the squad. Grady finished the season with a 8.5 scoring average over 21 games played.
Khalis Cain and Nia Howard return as the two leading starters for UNCG after both started in 29 of 30 games last season.
Cain averaged 9.0 rebounds per game during the 2022-23 season, returning as the leading rebounder.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
Monday’s matchup will also mark the beginning of the 2023-24 season for App State.
The Mountaineers closed out the 2022-23 season with an 11-20 overall record and 6-12 in the Sun Belt.
The squad finished last season in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament after falling short to Texas State, 56-47.
Junior Emily Carver is a key returner for App State and earned a spot on the 2023-24 Sun Belt Preseason third team.
Carver led the Sun Belt in three pointers per game in season and league-only play and shot a league-high .444 from beyond the arc in conference action.
Head Coach Angel Elderkin enters his 10th season at App State and as a head coach on Monday with a 117-155 coaching record.
SERIES HISTORY
The two teams last met in Greensboro, N.C., in the 2019-20 season, when the Spartans defeated the Mountaineers, 54-47. The Spartans trail in the overall series at 29-34.

UP NEXT
The Spartans will open its home schedule against South Carolina State on Saturday, Nov. 11 at noon in Fleming Gymnasium. Tickets to all UNCG women’s basketball home games can be purchased here.

Courtesy of Emma White
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro