ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team returns home Tuesday night when the Bulldogs host North Carolina A&T at Kimmel Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s game can be seen for free on the Big South Digital Network under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Asheville (4-5) faces a stiff challenge on Tuesday against an Aggie team (6-1) that has won six games in row, including impressive victories over Appalachian State and Richmond.
The Bulldogs have not played since a 67-59 loss at Big South foe Campbell last Wednesday night.
“North Carolina A&T is a very talented team inside-and-out, and they take pride in playing great defense,” stated second-year coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “We are excited to have another chance to see how we measure up against one of the toughest programs on our non-conference schedule.
“I knew when I scheduled this game last year that we would have our hands full with the Aggies,” added Kirkpatrick. “We have learned a tremendous amount about ourselves and what we need to work on in our first nine games, and we need to apply that experience to every opportunity we have. It will be an exciting game for our fans.”
The Bulldogs are being led in scoring this year by junior guard Brittany Gwyn with an 11.9 scoring average. Junior guard Shonese Jones is averaging 10 points per game. Junior forward Jeannie Buckner leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with a 6.0 mark.
Sophomore guard Christina Carter leads the Aggies with a 13.7 scoring average. Senior forward Tracy King is also averaging 13.7 points per game. The Aggies can play some defense and are limiting their opponents to just 54.3 points per game.
UNC Asheville is 3-2 at home this season. This is North Carolina A&T’s second road game of the season.
Junior guard Brittany Gwyn leads the Big South Conference in free throw shooting. Gwyn tops the league at .850 (34-of-40). She enters Tuesday’s game with a streak of 12 straight made free throws.
Asheville plays at Vanderbilt Saturday before returning home to play three Big South Conference games in a row at Kimmel Arena. The Bulldogs host Gardner-Webb (Dec. 28), Presbyterian College (Dec. 30) and Winthrop (Jan. 2).
Asheville has led at halftime in seven of its nine games this season.
The Bulldogs are 0-1 against the MEAC this year as they fell to North Carolina Central at Kimmel Arena, 76-65 on Nov. 23.
Asheville has not played North Carolina A&T in Asheville since an 80-62 win on Dec. 20, 2005 at Justice Center.
The Bulldogs have only been out-rebounded twice this year.
Brittany Gwyn has scored in double figures in four straight games.
Leah Wormack is seventh in the Big South in blocked shots with 15.