BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team dropped its second Big South Conference road game in a row on Saturday afternoon falling at Gardner-Webb, 76-53, at Paul Porter Arena.
With the setback the Bulldogs fall to 9-13 overall and 6-7 in league play while the Runnin’ Bulldogs improve to 13-8 and 8-4 in the Big South.
GWU shot 42 percent from the floor, going 7-of-15 from behind the 3-point arc. Asheville struggled to get its offense on track for the second consecutive game, converting 16-of-66 field goal attempts. Both teams recorded 46 rebounds as well as 18 turnovers.
Paige Love led all Bulldogs with 12 points with Shonese Jones chipping in nine to Asheville’s tally. Leah Wormack recorded eight points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. The 13 boards for Wormack is a new career-high, beating her previous mark of 11.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs were led offensively by Jasmine Dale, who tallied a game-best 20 points. Dale connected on 6-of-10 3-point attempts in the contest, while dishing out five assists. Doreen Richardson scored a career-best 15 points in the contest while Candace Brown added 13 off the bench.
The first half saw the Bulldogs jump out to an early 4-0 lead in the early goings, only to see the Runnin’ Bulldogs respond with a 21-to-4 run over the next 10 minutes. The Bulldogs were able to cut the lead to 24-12 on a Jones’ jumper with 5:01 left in the first, but GWU would go on a 7-2 run to push its lead to 31-14.
The two teams would trade points back and forth over the final minutes of the first half, with the Runnin’ Bulldogs taking a 37-21 advantage into the break.
Asheville came out in the second half and cut the lead to 11 points on a Wormack layup at 37-26 with 16:59 to go, but GWU would respond once again with a 7-0 run of their own to push the lead to 44-26 with 14:34 to play.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs were able to push their lead to as much as 28 at 66-38 with 4:58 to go in the contest before eventually earning the 23-point win.
The Bulldogs will not play against until next Saturday, when they travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Big South foe Winthrop at 1 p.m. The Lady Eagles won the previous matchup between the two schools, 68-49, at Kimmel Arena on Jan. 2.