ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will host Big South Conference foe Longwood on Saturday afternoon at Kimmel Arena, as the Bulldogs will host its annual Pink Game to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research in association with Mission Health and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on WPEK Radio (880-AM) starting at 1:55 p.m. Fans can also watch the game for free on the Big South Digital Network under the multimedia tag at UNCABulldogs.com.
UNC Asheville enters Tuesday’s game with a 9-15 record and 6-9 mark in league play. The Bulldogs are trying to get to double figures in overall wins since winning 12 in the 2010-11 season. Asheville’s six league wins represents the most by the Blue & White since it went 7-9 in the 2008-09 campaign.
Today will mark the second time this season that these two teams have met. Asheville earned a 69-65 decision over the Lancers in Farmville, Va., on Jan. 9. Sophomore guard Paige Love scored a career-high 22 points in the contest, while freshman Tianna Knuckles recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
“Longwood is a challenging team to play because they are so aggressive on both ends of the floor and have multiple threats on offense,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “Daeisha Brown is one of the most explosive guards in the league and we had trouble containing her at their place. We need to approach this game with a workman like mentality and get ready to grind because it will be 40 minutes of physical and aggressive play.”
Longwood’s Raven Williams scored a team-best 18 points for the Lancers with Daeisha Brown chipping in 17. The Bulldogs were down 65-64 to the Lancers with just over 10 seconds remaining in the contest when Love hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Bulldogs up by two. Longwood missed a layup on the other end and Knuckles grabbed the rebound and was fouled, converting two free throws to secure the victory.
The Lancers are coming off of a 74-73 heartbreaker to Gardner-Webb on Thursday evening. GWU’S Jasmine Dale, who led three double-digit scorers for the Runnin’ Bulldogs with 18 points, drained a three in the final minute of the overtime period to help propel the home squad to victory. Sophomores Daeisha Brown and Raven Williams paced the Lancers’ offensive effort with 15 points apiece, while freshman Treasure Avery led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds.
Asheville dropped a 64-52 decision to Radford on Thursday evening as the Highlanders avenged an early season loss to the Bulldogs. Junior guard Shonese Jones led the way for the Bulldogs with 14 point with Tianna Knuckles adding 10 to the Bulldogs’ tally. Ja’Da Brayboy recorded four steals with Brittany Gwyn and Chatori Major posting three each as the Blue & White forced 22 Radford turnovers. Radford was led by Aisha Foy offensively, with Foy tallying 14 for the Highlanders. Breshara Gordon scored 11 while dishing out seven assists to help RU to the victory.
Buffalo Wild Wings will be donating 2000 wings for Saturday’s game and fans can get them starting at Noon. Right after the game, there will be a wine and cheese social and then a Fashion Show at around 4:45 p.m. that will feature UNC Asheville student-athletes and celebrities showing off the latest fashions.
The day will end with an auction for a one-year lease of a Volkswagen Jetta with the bidding starting at one dollar. Tickets for this exciting event are just $25. Money collected from the game and the events surrounding will go to local breast cancer groups and to the student-athlete scholarship fund at UNC Asheville. You can get tickets at uncabulldogs.com or by calling the Kimmel Arena Ticket Office at 828-258-7900.
The Bulldogs have lost four in a row for the second time this season. Asheville has not scored more than 55 points in the four-game losing skid after scoring 65 or more points in six straight games before the slide.
Junior guard Shonese Jones is moving in 1,000 career points. She now has 940 career points and needs just 60 points to become the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 points. Shonese will be the first player to reach that figure since Kelli Riles scored her 1,000th career points two years ago.
Asheville leads the Big South and is 22nd nationally in free throw percentage at .757. Forward Leah Wormack leads the Big South at .873 (62-of-71).
The victory over the Lancers on Jan. 9 was the first win for the Bulldogs in Farmville, Va. Asheville is now 2-4 lifetime against Longwood, with the Bulldogs last victory over the Lancers in Asheville occuring on Feb. 2, 2005, a 66-50 victory at Justice Center.