HIGH POINT, N.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball will look to avenge an early season loss to High Point on Saturday afternoon while also attempting to improve their standing in the upcoming Big South Conference Championship when the Bulldogs square off with the Panthers at the Millis Center.
Game time is set for 4 p.m. and can be heard on 880 AM the Revolution immediately following the UNC Asheville men’s game against Coastal Carolina.
Asheville enters the contest with an overall record of 10-16 and a 7-10 mark in Big South Conference play. The Bulldogs are currently eighth in the Big South standings while High Point is in second with an overall record of 17-9 and a league mark of 13-4.
The Bulldogs are coming off of a 64-49 setback to Liberty on Thursday evening. Sophomore forward Ashley Rininger tallied a game-high 20 points for Liberty while the Flames out-rebounded UNC Asheville by 20 en route to the victory at the Vines Center.
Brittany Gwyn and Leah Wormack each tallied 10 points for the Bulldogs, with Shonese Jones chipping in eight. Ja’Da Brayboy tallied five assists for the second consecutive game to go along with four steals for the freshman.
The Flames out-rebounded the Bulldogs 48-28, scoring 21 second chance points in the process. Asheville is now 2-9 on the season when losing the rebounding battle.
Asheville was attempting to become only fourth team in Liberty coach Cary Green’s tenure to sweep the Flames in a season. High Point has managed the feat twice, including this season.
HPU is coming off of a 78-63 victory over Gardner-Webb on Thursday. The Panthers will look to sweep the Bulldogs for the fifth consecutive season on Saturday, having already won a 71-66 decision over the Blue & White on Jan. 16. The Panthers have won nine in a row against the Bulldogs.
In the previous matchup High Point’s Stacia Robertson scored 23 points to lead all players in the win at Kimmel Arena. The Bulldogs were led by Paige Love’s 19 points and Jones contributed 11 points. Love also posted a game-high seven rebounds while fellow guard Gwyn tallied four assists.
The Bulldogs haven’t defeated the Panthers since Feb. 21, 2009, a 68-59 victory at the Justice Center. HPU defeated the Bulldogs later that season in the Big South Tournament to end the 2008-09 season for Asheville.
-Junior guard Shonese Jones has now amassed 951 career points, and is 49 away from becoming the 14th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
-With the win over Longwood on Feb. 15 Asheville reached double digits in wins for the first time since winning 12 in 2010-11. The Bulldogs seven league wins represent the most for the Blue & White since the 2008-09 season.
-Today is Asheville’s final away game of the season.