ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville women's basketball team looks to snap a frustrating five-game losing streak Monday night when the Bulldogs host Big South Conference rival Winthrop at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m. Monday's game can be seen via video-streaming www.uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (7-16, 3-9 BSC) is coming off a frustrating 62-45 loss at home on Saturday to Presbyterian College. The Blue Hose scored the first 16 points of the game. The Bulldogs shot just .273 from the field and could never make a serious run at PC. Leah Wormack led Asheville with 15 points. Kelli Riles pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds.
Winthrop (12-11, 6-5 BSC) downed Gardner-Webb on Saturday, 65-55 behind 25 points from Dequesha McClanahan. She is leading the Big South in scoring at 20.1 points per game and still leading in assists at 7.4.
The teams met back on Jan. 14 in Rock Hill with Winthrop pulling away for an 84-68 victory. The Lady Eagles were led by Diana Choibekova who scored 24 points and tied a career-best with 11 rebounds. Winthrop was able to win despite a record-setting performance from junior guard Grace Blaylock. She connected on a school-record seven three-pointers in the game and tallied a career-high 23 points. The Lady Eagles led by 19 in the first half only to see the Bulldogs roar back behind Blaylock and cut the lead to three points, early in the second half. Shonese Jones added 15 points for Asheville, while Leah Wormack chipped in 12 points.
The Bulldogs hope to end another frustrating losing streak on Monday night and that's losing at home to Winthrop. The Lady Eagles have posted four straight wins over the Bulldogs in Asheville. Those four contests were at Justice Center and hopefully Kimmel Arena can provide a new winning streak for the Bulldogs.
UNC Asheville hits the road for its next three games after tonight's league contest. The Bulldogs are at Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. and then head to Radford (Feb. 25) and Liberty (Feb. 27). Asheville's next home game will be with Campbell on Friday, March 2.
Winthrop leads the all-time series 32-27. The Lady Eagles have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams.
Senior guard Lindsey Thompson is having an amazing year from the free throw line. She leads the Bulldogs and the Big South in free throw percentage at .915 (54-of-59). That's fifth best in the nation. Thompson is even better in Big South Conference play. She is a perfect 25-of-25 from the charity stripe in 12 league games.
Senior guard Lindsey Thompson is banging the door for 1,000 career points. She has 997 points entering tonight's game and just needs three points this evening to become the 15th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She'll be the third in two years as Kendall Shepard and Lindsey Montgomery reached the 1,000-point mark last year.
UNC Asheville has an impressive rookie class this year with two of them getting recognition from the Big South Conference throughout the season. Freshman forward Leah Wormack has been named Big South Freshman of the Week three times this year. Wormack is averaging 10.8 points per game and shooting a team-high .517 from the field. That figure is fourth best in the Big South. Rookie guard Shonese Jones will make a run at Big South Freshman of the Year honors. She's been named Rookie of the Week three times and Player of the Week once. Jones has scored 30 points in two different games this season, making her just the second Bulldog player in the Division I era to have scored 30 points twice in the season. Vicki Giffin did it in the 1996-97 season. Shonese leads Asheville in scoring with a 14.6 average.