ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team is back in action this evening when the Bulldogs host Big South foe Presbyterian College at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Tonight’s game can be seen for free via the Big South Network which can be found under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Both teams are looking to get into the win column after frustrating league losses on Saturday Asheville trailed by 15 at halftime and made a gallant comeback before falling at home to Gardner-Webb, 53-47. The Blue Hose battled Winthrop down to the wire on the road Saturday but lost to the Lady Eagles, 55-50.
The Bulldogs (4-8, 1-2 BSC) also look on break some frustrating streaks in tonight’s contest. Asheville has dropped five straight contests and lost its last six games to the Blue Hose (2-9, 0-2 BSC).
The home team is being led in scoring this season by junior guard Brittany Gwyn with a 10.4 scoring average. Junior guard Shonese Jones is not too far behind with a 9.0 average. Junior forward Jeannie Buckner top the club in rebounding with a 5.4 mark. Sophomore guard Paige Love leads Asheville in assists with 32.
It was a tale of two halves on Saturday. The Bulldogs shot just 20 percent from the field in the opening half as the Runnin’ Bulldogs opened up a 30-15 halftime lead. Asheville roared back behind the play of freshman guard Ja’Da Brayboy. She scored all 12 of her points in the second half. The Bulldogs led by four with five minutes left but GWU was able to hit some big shots down the stretch to hold on for the win.
The Blue Hose have faced a tough non-conference schedule and lost a lot of close games in the first part of the 2013-14 season. PC is 2-9 on the year but four of its last five losses have been by five points or less. The Blue Hose have fallen to non-conference national powers such as Georgia, N.C. State, Auburn and Virginia Tech. Presbyterian College is led by Asheville native Karlee Taylor with a 9.0 scoring average. The Blue Hose play good defense and have only allowed opponents to score 52 points per game this year.
UNC Asheville finishes its three-game homestand this Thursday (Jan. 2) night when the Bulldogs host league foe Winthrop at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m. The Lady Eagles advanced to the third round of the WNIT last season before falling to Florida at home. They’re a preseason pick to finish in second place in the league this year. Asheville goes on the road for its next two games with league contests at Longwood (Jan. 9) and Radford (Jan. 11). The Bulldogs next home game after Thursday night will be with High Point on Jan. 16.
Junior guard Brittany Gwyn continues to lead the Big South Conference in free throw shooting. Gwyn tops the league at .864 (38-of-44). She enters tonight’s game with a streak of 16 straight made free throws. Brittany has only missed one free throw the entire month of December and is 19-of-20 from the charity stripe this month.
UNC Asheville is 3-4 at home this season.
Asheville’s last home BSC win came against Gardner-Webb on Jan. 21, 2012 when the Bulldogs downed the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 74-62. Asheville looks to end a 16-game losing streak to BSC clubs today.
Leah Wormack and KJ Weaver have combined to block 32 shots this season. The Bulldogs as a team have 47 blocks.
Two different freshmen have led the Bulldogs in scoring this season in Ja’Da Brayboy and Tianna Knuckles.
Junior guard Shonese Jones has 813 career points.
Sophomore forward Leah Wormack has 48 career blocked shots.