ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's basketball team travels to Chapel Hill on Sunday for a date with the North Carolina Tar Heels at Carmichael Auditorium at 2 p.m. Sunday's game will be broadcast locally on WPEK Radio (880-AM).
The Bulldogs (1-3) are fresh off their first victory of the year with a 77-50 triumph over NAIA power Montreat Tuesday night at Kimmel Arena. Asheville placed five players in double figures in the victory as first-year head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick earned her first win as Bulldog coach.
The Tar Heels are 4-0 entering a game against LaSalle on Saturday. UNC is ranked 25th in the nation this week. They won the Preseason NIT title last week with a win at Iowa.
"We are glad to have a couple of days in our practice schedule to not only prepare for a tough road foe in UNC but to also work on us and getting better as a ball club," stated Kirkpatrick. "We had a very competitive practice today working on some corrections from the Montreat game and executing our offenses. Tomorrow we will delve further into our UNC prep and some adjustments we will need to make going into the game. Our girls are excited to have the opportunity to play such an established program. These early challenges in our non-conference are going to prepare us day by day for conference play."
In the Montreat victory, senior forward Gentry Manely scored a career-high 18 points. Kelli Riles enjoyed her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Sophomore Jeanne Buckner contributed a career-best 11 points. Paige Love and Grace Blaylock had 10 points each.
Sophomore guard Shonese Jones leads Asheville in scoring with a 12.3 scoring average. Riles tops the club in rebounding with an 11.5 mark.
North Carolina is 4-0 vs. UNC Asheville. The teams last met in the 2005-06 season with the Tar Heels winning, 83-43. The Bulldogs last game against an ACC team came in the 2006-07 season with Asheville upsetting Wake Forest, 58-53.
Kelli Riles needs just two rebounds to reach 800 for her career. She'll enter the game against North Carolina with 798 rebounds. The senior center has posted 24 double-doubles in her career.
Three different Bulldogs had their career-highs in points on Tuesday vs. Montreat. Gentry Manley scored a career-high 18 points. Jeanne Bucker tallied a career-high 11 points, while freshman Paige Love had 10 points.
Shonese Jones has led Asheville in scoring in three of the first four games.
After the game against North Carolina, the Bulldogs return home to play four of their next five games at Kimmel Arena. Asheville hosts South Florida Wednesday (Nov. 28) at 7 p.m.