UNCG Women’s Basketball Defeats Wofford, 67-58 in Conference Opener

UNCG Women’s Basketball Defeats Wofford, 67-58 in Conference Opener

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s basketball team earned a 67-58 victory over Wofford on Thursday night to open up The Southern Conference (SoCon) play 1-0 in Fleming Gym.

With tonight’s two blocks Khalis Cain now holds the UNCG women’s basketball program record for most blocks in a career with 133.

Jayde Gamble led UNCG with 22 points, nine rebounds and five steals on Thursday night.

A pass from Ayanna Khalfani to give Gamble an open three-pointer put the Spartans on top first to begin Thursday’s match. The Terriers responded with a quick 8-0 run to take an 8-3 lead. However, five consecutive points from Gamble, followed by a pull-up jumper from Isys Grady gave UNCG control again (11-8) to hold the lead for the remainder of the first frame. A three-pointer and fast break layup from Nasia Powell gave UNCG a 17-12 lead to close out the first quarter.

The Spartans continued to hold the lead for the remainder of the first half despite the Terriers outscoring the Spartans 8-7 in the second frame. Nia Howard led UNCG with four points in the second frame for the Spartans to head into the half on top, 24-20.

A jumper from Grady began the third quarter for the Spartans. UNCG continued to hold the lead for the majority of the period. However, with the Spartans on top, 32-30, the Terriers recorded a 4-0 run to take their first lead since early on in the contest. The remainder of the third quarter went back-and-forth. With the game tied at 43, two free throws from Gamble gave UNCG a 45-42 lead heading into the final quarter of action.

Two points apiece for both teams began the fourth quarter. Five points from Rachel Rose gave Wofford a 48-47 lead, but that would be the final lead for the Terriers in the contest. UNCG responded with a 16-2 run to take a 63-50 lead over Wofford. With the Spartans up 65-52, Wofford drained two consecutive three-pointers to pull back within seven (58-65). However, it wouldn’t be enough to keep the Spartans from claiming the 67-58 win over the Terriers. After having no fouls in the first half, reigning SoCon Player of the Year and five-time SoCon Player of the Week, Rose fouled out of the game in the final minutes of action.

Grady and Khalfani followed just in behind Gamble for the two to also post double figures. Grady had 12 points and Khalfani had 10.
The Spartans earned seven three-pointers on the night with Gamble leading the way with three.
Cain and Khalfani followed closely behind Gamble for the duo to put up six boards apiece.
The Spartans scored 30 points in the paint to the Terriers’ 20.
UNCG recorded 13 points from its bench, while Wofford only had two points from its.
UNCG had the lead for 31:07 of the game, while Wofford only led for 4:55.
UNCG: 12-4, 1-0, SoCon
Wofford: 8-7, 0-1, SoCon

The Spartans will continue SoCon action at home by facing Furman on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. in Fleming Gym. The first 100 UNCG students will receive FREE pizza at Saturday’s game. To purchase tickets for any home games for the 2023-24 UNCG women’s basketball season, click here to learn more or call the UNCG Athletics Ticket Office at (336) 334-3250.

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Courtesy of Emma White
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro