ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team plays its first road of the 2013-14 season at Wofford Thursday night at Johnson Arena starting at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs (1-0) are coming off a dramatic 68-65 victory over Saturday afternoon. Sophomore guard Paige Love knocked down a half-court shot as the buzzer sounded giving Asheville the incredible win.
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick’s club now turns its eye to a solid Wofford squad. The Terriers slipped past the Bulldogs at Kimmel Arena last year, 58-54.
"We have several corrections to make from Saturday's win against Furman before facing a tough Wofford team on the road,” stated Kirkpatrick. “They played very well at Clemson on Sunday, and Coach Farmer will have his girls prepared for us.
“Our focus has been and will remain getting better with each practice and game opportunity,” added Kirkpatrick. “Our young group has to understand the importance of the process and commit to it daily. I am proud of our veteran leadership and execution and we will certainly need it on Thursday to pull off a win."
The Terriers opened the season with a loss at Clemson on Sunday, 72-50. However, Wofford out-rebounded the Tigers and was in the game most of the way before Clemson pulled away at the end.
Asheville was led on Saturday by 19 points from Brittany Gwyn. Shonse Jones added 14 points, while Love contributed 12 points. Freshman center KJ Weaver had seven points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
The Bulldogs did a great job running the break against Furman as they outscored the Paladins, 18-2 in fast-break points.
Asheville returns home Saturday night to face Eastern Kentucky at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville is trying to start a season 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign.
Junior guard Shonese Jones has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 18 games.
Brittany Gwyn’s 19 points on Saturday vs. Furman was a career-high.
The Bulldogs are looking for their first road win since Feb. 28, 2011 when Asheville won at Winthrop, 66-61. The Bulldogs have dropped 29 straight road games.
Asheville was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the second on Saturday, including a clutch 6-for-6 in the final four minutes.
The Bulldogs game at Wofford will be second of three games against Southern Conference teams. Asheville played at Furman Saturday night and will play at Western Carolina on Wednesday night, Nov. 20.