UNCG Women’s Basketball Drops First Home Contest to Chattanooga, 73-55

UNCG Women’s Basketball Drops First Home Contest to Chattanooga, 73-55

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s basketball team took its first loss at home against Chattanooga, 73-55 on Thursday evening in Fleming Gym.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Back-to-back field goals from Khalis Cain gave UNCG a 4-0 start over the Mocs. Chattanooga got on the board for the first time at 6:51 with a three-pointer from Addie Porter. A quick response on a hook shot from Ayanna Khalfani allowed UNCG to continue its lead (8-5). The Mocs were able to respond with a 4-0 run to take their first lead of the contest. However, a layup from Khalfani, followed by a couple free throws from Jayde Gamble gave the Spartans the 12-9 edge to close out the first quarter.

Chattanooga came out of the huddle to drop a 7-2 run over UNCG (16-14). A couple jumpers from Gamble and Antoniette Emma-Nnopu gave the Spartans the lead once again (18-16). The remainder of the first half continued to go back-and-forth between the Mocs and Spartans. With 51 seconds remaining, Nasia Powell drove in for a layup to put the Spartans up, 30-29. The first half was ended with a three-pointer from Chattanooga to give the visiting team a 32-30 lead over UNCG heading into the break.

Khalfani put UNCG on the board first in the second half with a jumper in the paint to tie the game up (32-32). The Mocs responded with an 8-2 run to take the lead and hold it for the remainder of the game. With Chattanooga up 50-38 in the third quarter, the Spartans earned thier best scoring run of the game by dropping five unanswered points on the Mocs to cut the deficit to seven (50-43). One final free throw from Kailyn Farrell put Chattanooga up 51-43 heading into the final frame.

Chattanooga was able to outscore UNCG 22-12 in the fourth quarter. With 1:08 left in the game, a free-throw from Jada Guinn gave the Mocs their biggest lead of the game with the final score, 73-55.

BY THE NUMBERS
Cain and Gamble paced the Spartans with 14 points and seven rebounds apiece for the duo.
Khalfani followed closely behind with 12 points and led UNCG with eight assists.
Cain shot 6-for-8 in field goals on the night.
UNCG scored 11 second chance points to Chattanooga’s eight.
RECORDS
UNCG: 13-7, 2-3, SoCon
Chattanooga: 16-3, 4-0, SoCon

UP NEXT
The Spartans will continue at home by hosting ETSU on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. in Fleming Gym. The first 100 students will receive a FREE UNCG tote bag! Guilford County Schools Teachers receive FREE admission with a valid work ID to the game and their guests receive the discounted ticket rate of only $3. Contact the ticket office for more information.

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