ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Big South Conference foe Gardner-Webb on Saturday evening, as both teams are battling for a spot in the 2012 Advance Auto Parts Big South Championship.
Game time is set for 5 p.m. at Paul Porter Arena on the campus of the Runnin’ Bulldogs, with live video available on the Big South Network for a small free and a free audio broadcast of the event available at UNCABulldogs.com.
UNC Asheville (7-17, 3-10 BSC) is coming off of a tough 79-68 setback to Winthrop on Monday evening at Kimmel Arena. Senior guard Lindsey Thompson scored her 1,000th career point in the contest, becoming the 15th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and the third in the past two years.
Thompson posted 20 points in the game for the Bulldogs, with freshman Shonese Jones scoring a team-high 22. Grace Blaylock scored nine and Gentry Manley scored eight while Kelli Riles pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs also set a new team record for 3-pointers in a game, recording 14 in the contest.
Winthrop got a game-high 28 points from Dequesha McClanahan, with Samiya Wright adding 18 and Taylor Calvert adding 13 to the Lady Eagles’ total. Calvert also posted a career-high 19 rebounds in the contest, helping pace Winthrop to 55 boards in the game.
Gardner-Webb (2-21, 1-12 BSC) fell to Presbyterian College on Monday evening in overtime, 59-57. GWU's Catrina Green had a game-high 16 points, while freshman forward Jessica Heilig posted her first career double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow newcomer Eliana Scanlon added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor in 16 minutes of play.
The Blue Hose shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the floor overall, while the Runnin' Bulldogs, who struggled offensively in the second half, finished the game shooting 32.3 percent (21-of-65).
The loss is the ninth straight loss for the Runnin' Bulldogs, tying their season-high.
This will be the second meeting of the season between the two, with Asheville earning a 74-62 win on Jan. 21. Shonese Jones scored a game-high 27 points, while fellow underclassman Leah Wormack recorded her second career double-double at Kimmel Arena.
Wormack posted 10 points and 11 rebounds while Lindsey Thompson scored 12 and dished out seven assists en route to the 12-point victory. Catrina Green scored a career-high 22 points for GWU, with Kiki Smith chipping in 13 and Tabby Koerner adding 10. Green led all Runnin’ Bulldogs in rebounds as well, posting 16 on the day.
Senior guard Lindsey Thompson reached the 1,000-point plateau on Monday evening, reaching the mark on a 3-pointer in the first half. She is the 15th player in school history to hit the mark and is the third in two years. Kendall Shepard and Lindsey Montgomery reach 1,000 career points last season.
The two teams share two common non-conference opponents, Appalachian State and Kennesaw State. Both teams went 0-2 against the two squads.
This will be 17th meeting between the two schools, with the series tied at 8-8. However, GWU is 6-3 against Asheville over the last nine meetings.
Junior forward Kelli Riles is second in the Big South and is seventh in the nation in rebounds per game, averaging 11.4 per contest.