ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will begin a two-game road trip this weekend on Saturday afternoon, taking on the Highlanders of Radford in a Big South Conference showdown at 2 p.m. in the Dedmon Center.
This will be the 60th meeting all time between the two schools, with the Highlanders owning a 42-17 mark against the Bulldogs. However, the two teams have split the season series the past three seasons.
Radford won the last meeting 72-62 on Jan. 30, with Da’Naria Erwin Spencer and Ashley Buckhannon combining for 41 points against Asheville. In the game the Bulldogs were led by freshman guard Shonese Jones, who tied a career-high with 30 points. Jones became the first Bulldog to score 30 points in a season twice since Vicki Giffin did it twice in the 1997-98 season.
Erwin Spencer led RU with 21 points, while Buckhannon added 20. Victoria Hamilton chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds for the visitors. Asheville ‘s Leah Wormack added 16 points for the Bulldogs and Kelli Riles led the Asheville effort on the boards with nine rebounds.
In their last game the Bulldogs fell to league opponent Gardner-Webb on Saturday evening, 69-52, as the Runnin’ Bulldogs avenged a loss to the Blue & White earlier this season. The Bulldogs got a team-high 14 points from Jones, with Wormack posting 11.
Senior guard Lindsey Thompson pulled down 10 rebounds for Asheville and Grace Blaylock tallied three assists. GWU was led offensively by Jasmine Dale, who posted 20 points on the night. Dale connected on five 3-pointers and also tallied three steals in the game. Catrina Green scored 17 and Brianna Dillard scored 10 for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, and Kiki Smith tallied seven assists in 29 minutes of action.
Radford dropped its second consecutive contest with a 67-56 setback at Winthrop on Monday evening. The Radford bench came through scoring 41 of the Highlanders’ 56 total points. Jordynn Gaymon led the way with a career-high 15 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Tiana Cannon also contributed 13 points. Hamilton collected a team-high 11 rebounds, her sixth double-digit rebounding performance this year.