ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team finishes out the regular season on Saturday when the Bulldogs host Big South rival Coastal Carolina at Kimmel Arena starting at 2 p.m.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast locally on WPEK Radio (880-AM). Fans can also watch the game on ESPN3.
Asheville (10-18, 7-12 BSC) look to build some momentum for next week’s Big South Conference championship at Coastal Carolina. The Bulldogs look like they’ll be the eighth seed and play on Tuesday in the first round.
Both teams are coming off frustrating losses on Thursday night. A cold-shooting Asheville squad fell at home to Campbell on Thursday, 61-52. The Chanticleers trailed by 18 at Gardner-Webb only to take the lead late before the Runnin’ Bulldogs rallied for an 80-73 victory.
The teams met on Jan. 23 at Coastal Carolina with the Chanticleers holding off the Bulldogs, 75-65. Angelica Henry was sensational for CCU on the evening with a career-high 32 points. She was 14-of-18 from the free throw line and 8-of-15 from the field. Paige Love played well in defeat for the Blue & White with her first career double-double as he scored 16 points and collected 12 rebounds. Shonese Jones added 17 points for the Bulldogs.
This will be the 60th meeting lifetime between the two squads, with the Chants holding a 31-28 advantage in the series. The two teams have split the last 10 contests but Coastal has won the last four meetings. CCU is 1-1 all-time at Kimmel Arena.
Asheville will honor senior center Abra Sickles prior to the game. She has not played this year due to injuries but has stayed a part of the program.
• UNC Asheville enters Saturday’s game with a 10-18 record and a 7-12 worksheet in league play. The Bulldogs are 7-8 at home with a 4-5 mark in home conference games.
• The Bulldogs are coming off of a 61-52 setback to Campbell on Thursday evening. The Camels did a good job of controlling the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs 36-20 in the paint. Junior guard Shonese Jones led all scorers with 17 points, with teammate KJ Weaver adding nine to the Bulldogs’ total.
• Junior guard Shonese Jones is moving closer to 1,000 career points. She now has 989 points over three seasons and needs just 11 points to become the 14th player in school history to reach 1,000 points.
• 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 the most wins in league play since they went 7-9 during the 2008-09 season.
• Asheville leads the Big South in free throw percentage at 74.2 percent. Forward Leah Wormack leads the Big South in the category at .854 (70-of-82) with Brittany Gwyn third in the league with a mark of .806 (79-of-98).