UNCG Women’s Basketball Set for Three-Game Road Stanza Beginning at Western Carolina

Women’s Basketball Set for Three-Game Road Stanza Beginning at Western Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) women’s basketball team will begin a three-game road stanza with Western Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Center.

Game Info at Western Carolina
Where: Cullowhee, N.C. | Liston B. Ramsey Regional Center
When: Saturday, Feb. 3 | 2 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT FOR UNCG
The Spartans most recently competed in a thrilling victory over ETSU on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Fleming Gym.
After being down by 11 points at the end of the third quarter, UNCG rallied back to earn the 54-50 win over the Bucs. The Spartans outscored the Bucs 20-5 in the fourth frame.
Ayanna Khalfani earned her fourth double-double of the season after leading UNCG with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Khalis Cain was one point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 boards. Jayde Gamble also added nine points and seven rebounds.
Khalfani paced UNCG with five assists and four steals.
Gamble followed closely behind with three assists and two steals.
Kelly Boyle led UNCG at the three-point line after going 2-for-3 from behind the arc.
UNCG recorded 32 points in the paint to ETSU’s 20.
The Spartans earned 14 points from their bench while the Bucs only had six.
The Blue & Gold earned 15 second chance points, while ETSU had 11.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
UNCG heads to Cullowhee with a 14-7 overall record and 3-3 in The Southern Conference (SoCon) to stand at fourth overall in the conference.
Saturday’s contest against the Catamounts will close out the first half of conference play.
The Spartans are ranked in the top 50 nationally in three statistical categories: blocks per game (4.4), offensive rebounds per game (14.1) and scoring defense (55.1).
UNCG leads the conference in three categories: blocks per game (4.4) steals per game (8.6), and turnovers forced per game (14.0).
Individually, Gamble is 19th and 27th nationally with 56 steals and a 2.67 steals per game average, respectively.
Cain stands out nationally at 20th with a 4.0 offensive rebounds per game average.
Gamble continues to lead the Spartans in scoring with 276 points.
Khalfani follows closely behind Gamble with 208 points on the season.
The Spartans are outscoring their opponents 64.5 to 55.1.
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.
Isys Grady was named to the 2023-24 SoCon Preseason All-Conference Team after her efforts in the 2022-23 season.

SCOUTING THE CATAMOUNTS
Western Carolina comes into Saturday’s contest with a 5-16 overall record and 0-6 in conference.
The Catamounts most recently dropped a 69-59 loss to first place Chattanooga on Saturday, Jan. 27.
Jada Burton earned a season high in the game with 15 points to earn her 1,000th career point in the matchup.
Lonasia Brewer led the Catamounts with seven boards and added eight points and three assists.
Western Carolina is second in the SoCon with a 27.9 defensive rebounds per game average.
Jayda Maves is third in the conference with 141 three-point attempts.
Chelsea Wooten leads the Catamounts with 222 points, averaging 11.1 points per game.
Burton paces the team with 27 steals.
Brewer stands out on the team with 120 total boards.

SERIES HISTORY VS THE CATAMOUNTS
The overall series between Western Carolina and UNCG is mostly even. However, the Catamounts lead by two games overall at 39-37. The Spartans have won the last five meetings to the Catamounts. Most recently, UNCG earned a 72-59 win over Western Carolina on Feb. 18, 2023. Four Spartans scored double figures in that game.

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UP NEXT
Following Saturday’s game, UNCG will head to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on Furman on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. and Wofford on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

Courtesy of Emma White
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro