ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, when they hit the road to take on Big South Conference foe Presbyterian College at the Templeton Center on the campus of the Blue Hose.
Saturday's game will be audio-streamed and can be heard at www.uncabulldogs.com for free. Fans can watch the video-stream for a small fee under the multimedia tag at www.uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville and PC met earlier this season, with the Blue Hose earning a 56-49 decision against the Bulldogs at Kimmel Arena on Jan. 17. In that contest Kelli Riles recorded a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds. PC’s Karlee Taylor led the Blue Hose with 13 points, while Dria David and Mariah Pietrowski added 12 points apiece.
“We played one of our best halves of the year last time out against PC, but we unfortunately we paired that with one of our worst opening halves,” said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “PC is a physical, well coached team that always does a great of preparing for their opponents. It will be crucial for us to execute and take care of the ball out and get a solid shot on every possession. Defensively we need to communicate and focus on playing more as a unit.”
Asheville enters the contest with an overall record of 2-19, and a 0-9 mark in away games this season. The Bulldogs are also winless in conference play, sitting at 0-10 in the league standings.
Asheville also hopes to snap a 21-game losing streak in Big South Conference play dating back to last season. The Bulldogs last league win was a 74-62 victory over Gardner-Webb on Jan. 21, 2012.
The Blue Hose hope to get back on track following a 77-42 home loss to Winthrop on Thursday night and get PC its eighth Big South victory, tying last year’s total for the most Big South wins in the Division I era.
The opening tip is set for 2 p.m., between the two squads, as the Bulldogs look to snap a five-game losing skid to the Blue Hose.
Senior center Kelli Riles continues to move up the career ladder on the Big South’s all-time list for rebounds. Riles moved into fifth place against Charleston Southern on Jan. 24, when she collected 18 rebounds. She now has 972 career rebounds as she moved past Liberty’s Megan Frazee, who had 951 in her career. Radford’s Karen Bowles is in fourth place all-time, as she grabbed 1,012 rebounds from 1986-90. In addition to her milestones in rebounding, Riles is knocking on the door for points. Kelli has 950 points and needs just 50 to reach 1,000 career points. If she can get to 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, Riles will be just the second player in school history to accomplish that feat and first in the Division I era.
The Bulldogs have lost five in a row to Presbyterian College. Prior to the five-game losing skid, Asheville was 5-1 in its last six contests against the Blue Hose.
The Bulldogs’ last victory over the Blue Hose came on Feb. 13, 2010, a 66-59 victory at Justice Center. Asheville was led offensively by former Bulldog Chioma Okoli, who scored 18 points.
The Blue Hose have a few ties to Asheville, N.C. Head coach Ronny Fisher graduated from A.C. Reynolds H.S. in Fairview, senior forward Chelsea Parker graudated from the Asheville School and junior guard Karlee Taylor is also an A.C. Reynolds graduate.
The Bulldogs will be at home for their next two contests, hosting Charleston Southern on Feb. 7 and Coastal Carolina on Feb. 9.