ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Three Bulldog starters scored in double figures while the Asheville bench chipped in 24 points UNC Asheville picked up a 69-52 victory over Longwood in Big South Conference women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Kimmel Arena.
Guards Brittany Gwyn and Paige Love each posted 13 points while forward Leah Wormack added 10 to the Bulldogs’ total in helping Asheville improve to 10-15 overall and 7-9 in conference play.
“I’m really pleased with our halfcourt offense against a really good team in Longwood,” said UNC Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “We were able to get our transition offense going today for the first time in a while and we also did a good job of attacking their defense, not just settling for 3-point attempts. I’m really proud of how we responded after a tough game against Radford on Thursday night.”
Longwood drops to 7-19 on the season with a 4-13 mark in the Big South. The Lancers were led offensively by Kyndal Skersick who tallied 11 points with Deborah Headen chipping in 10 off the bench.
With the victory the Bulldogs sweep the season series with the Lancers, having defeated Longwood 69-65 on Jan. 9 at Willett Hall. The Blue & White also snapped a four-game losing skid with the win.
Junior guard Jeannie Buckner tallied a game-high nine rebounds for the Bulldogs with Ja’Da Brayboy tallying a game-best five assists. Freshman Center KJ Weaver tied a career-high for blocks with three against the Lancers.
The first half saw the Bulldogs take an early lead and push it to as much as 12 points at 27-15 with 6:51 to play after Wormack completed an old-fashioned 3-point play on a tough layup in the paint. However, Longwood would inch its way back into the contest over the final seven minutes of the contest, pulling to with five at 36-31 a the break after scoring the half’s final four points.
In the second half the Bulldogs’ defense clamped down on the Lancers’ offense, forcing 11 turnovers and blocking five shots in holding Longwood to 21 second half points. Longwood cut the lead to four with a made free throw in the early goings of the frame, but the Lancers were able to get no closer as the Bulldogs kept them at arm’s length the rest of the way, building as much as a 19-point lead before eventually winning by 17.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Thursday evening when they travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Big South foe Liberty at 7 p.m. at the Vines Center. Asheville earned an 83-80 overtime victory over the Flames on Jan. 18, the Blue & White’s first victory over LU in six seasons.