ASHEVILLE, N.C. – After having played seven out of their last nine games on the road, the UNC Asheville women’s basketball team are excited to be back home in Kimmel Arena for their final two games of the regular season beginning with Campbell on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
The game can be seen free of charge on the Big South Network presented by State Farm at BigSouthSports.com.
“We are looking forward to being back on our home court and also to hosting one of the top teams in the league tomorrow night,” said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “This should be an exciting basketball game and a great challenge for us. We played solid at both Liberty and High Point last week and are determined to play our best team basketball down the stretch. Although we came home without victories, we had correctable errors in both games that we have worked hard to clean up this week.”
The Bulldogs are coming off of an 82-75 setback to High Point on Saturday afternoon at the Millis Center. Senior guard Shonese Jones scored a game-high 21 points with freshman Tianna Knuckles adding 19 to the Bulldogs’ total. Both the Bulldogs and the Panthers went 25-of-66 from the field, but HPU went 25-of-36 from the charity stripe while Asheville went 17-for-32.
Thursday will mark the second meeting of the season between the two schools, with Campbell earning a 67-59 decision over the Bulldogs on Dec. 11. Three Bulldogs scored in double figures, with Brittany Gwyn leading the way with 14 points. RaeChaun Edwards posted a game-high 20 points for the Camels, playing all 40 minutes of the contest.
Campbell leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 32-7. The Camels have also won the last five meetings with Asheville.
Asheville will close out the regular season with Coastal Carolina on Saturday. The game will be featured on ESPN3 as part of a doubleheader as the UNC Asheville men’s basketball team will host Gardner-Webb following the women’s game.
The 10 wins for Asheville are the most since the 2010-11 season, when the Bulldogs won 12 games. The seven conference victories for the Bulldogs are also to most wins in league play since they went 7-9 during the 2008-09 season.
Junior guard Shonese Jones is moving in 1,000 career points. She now has 972 career points and needs just 28 points to become the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 points.
Asheville leads the Big South in free throw percentage at 74.4 percent. Forward Leah Wormack leads the Big South in the category at .854 (70-of-82) with Brittany Gwyn second in the league with a mark of .826 (76-of-92).
Paige Love and Shonese Jones lead the team in scoring as both are averaging 9.9 points per contest. Love also leads the team in rebounds averaging 5.3 per contest.
As a team the Bulldogs are fifth in the conference in blocks per game, averaging 3.6 per contest.