ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Paige Love scored a career-high 18 points to lead UNC Asheville to a 70-48 victory over Columbia College Saturday afternoon at Kimmel Arena.
Love was joined in double figures by Gentry Manley and Shonese Jones with 16 points each. Manley just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Jones added seven assists.
Abra Sickles came off the bench to grab career-best 10 rebounds. Grace Blaylock dished out a career-best eight assists. Kellie Riles just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
The Bulldogs led from start to finish but didn't really put the game until early in the second half. The win improved Asheville's record to 2-7, while the Fighting Koalas fell to 3-8 on the year.
Deidre Price led Columbia (3-9) with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. Kirby Norris had eight assists.
"Paige Love had a great game for us both on offense and defense," stated Asheville coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. "We got off to good starts in each half, and I wish we had sustained them long but it was good to get a win today."
Love was 6-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Manley did a nice job scoring inside as she was 8-of-12 from the field.
Sickles didn't score but did have three blocked shots. Blaylock had four of the Bulldogs' 13 steals.
The Bulldogs led 29-23 at halftime but quickly built on the lead early in the second half thanks to Love. She knocked two treys early in the half to help the home team build a 45-31 lead. Columbia could get no closer than 12 the rest of the way as Asheville snapped a four-game losing streak.
UNC Asheville returns to the court this Thursday night when the Bulldogs host Kennesaw State at Kimmel Arena at 6 p.m.