ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball returns home Saturday night when the Bulldogs host Eastern Kentucky at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Saturday’s game can be seen via the Big South Digital Network for free at uncabulldogs.com under the multimedia tag.
Asheville (1-1) looks to bounce back from a frustrating 67-55 loss at Wofford Thursday night. The Bulldogs led for most of the first 30 minutes against the Terriers before faltering in the final 10 minutes.
Asheville will face a strong Eastern Kentucky (2-1) team on Saturday. The Lady Colonels are 2-1 on the season after an 89-69 victory over Alabama A&M on Thursday as senior forward Marie Carpenter scored 41 points. She’s averaged 31.1 points in the season’s first three games.
“EKU is a great team with a tremendous scoring option in Marie Carpenter who is currently averaging more than 30 points per game,” stated Bulldog coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick.
“However, she is not their only scoring threat and they do a good job of finding their other options when defenses collapse on her. We must play disciplined, focused basketball and take care of the ball on Saturday at home on offense.
“We also need to get back to playing solid defense in order to give ourselves an opportunity. Our collective toughness and team leadership needs to improve and it's something we have been working on daily,” added Kirkpatrick.
In the game at Wofford, freshman Tianna Knuckles posted a team-high 12 in the loss. Junior Jeannie Buckner added 10 points.
The Bulldogs suffered through a tough night shooting as they shot just .305 percent from the field (18-of-59). Junior guard Shonese Jones, Asheville’s leading scorer the last two seasons, was held scoreless.
The teams played last year at Eastern Kentucky, and the Lady Colonels won 67-47.
UNC Asheville looks to start a season 2-1 for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign.
Asheville looks to win its first two home games of the year since 2011-12.
Junior guard Brittany Gwyn leads the Bulldogs in scoring with a 13.0 average. She is shooting .455 (5-of-11) from beyond the arc.
Freshman guard Tianna Knuckles is second in scoring with a 10.0 average.
The Bulldogs are shooting .800 (28-of-35) from the free throw line, a marked improvement from last year’s.699 percentage.
Sophomore guard Paige Love is shooting .500 (6-of-12) from the field. She is 1-of-4 from beyond the arc, and the one she made was a half-court shot against Furman that gave the Bulldogs a 68-65 win. The shot was listed as the seventh best “Play of the Day” on ESPN’s SportsCenter the next day.