CONWAY, S.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will look to move up the Big South Conference standings on Thursday evening when they take on league foe Coastal Carolina at The HTC Center at 7 p.m. on the campus of the Chanticleers.
The game can be seen on the Big South Network presented by State Farm for free at BigSouthSports.com.
Both teams are 5-4 in conference play and are tied with two other teams for fourth place in the Big South, so tomorrow’s game has huge implications on the conference standings.
Asheville (8-10) is currently 3-1 on the road in league play, but head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick knows tomorrow’s task will be a difficult one.
“Coastal Carolina is currently leading the league in points scored per game and certainly has a lot of offensive weapons,” said Kirkpatrick. “Our kids have to play steady and make wise use of our offensive possessions while limiting them to one shot. I anticipate another fight tomorrow and we are on their home floor so we better bring a special effort if we want to try and steal one on the road.”
Coastal (9-9) has won three in a row over the Bulldogs, and are led offensively by AJ Jordan who is averaging 16.2 points per contest, good enough for fifth in the Big South. Two other Chanticleers, Angelica Henry (13.0) and Alexx Puckett (11.4), also average double digits in scoring on the season.
Asheville is being led offensively by sophomore guard Paige Love, who is posting 10.1 points per contest. Love also leads the team in rebounds, tallying 5.2 boards per contest.
The Bulldogs are coming off of an 83-80 overtime victory over league-leading Liberty on Saturday afternoon at Kimmel Arena. The win for the Blue & White marked the first victory for Asheville over the Flames since Feb. 24, 2007 at the Vines Center when the Bulldogs edged Liberty 54-51 en route to a Big South Conference Championship.
It was also the first victory for the Bulldogs over the Flames in Asheville, N.C., since the 1996-97 season.
Coastal Carolina got back on track and snapped a four-game losing skid with a 77-63 victory at Charleston Southern on Jan. 18. The Chants shot an impressive 50.9 percent for the game, including 51.9 percent in the first half.
The two teams have split the previous 10 meetings between the two schools.
Sophomore guard Paige Love was named the Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Choice Hotels Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 13. Love averaged 16.5 points per game and shot 63 percent from the field to lead the Bulldogs to an 1-1 record last week.
Asheville has won four of its last six games.
Six of the Bulldogs’ last seven games have been decided by seven points or less.
Leah Wormack leads the Big South in free throw percentage with a mark of .833 (45-54)
KJ Weaver is tied for third in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.56 per game.