GREENSBORO, N.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team saw their second-half comeback effort fall just short Saturday evening, losing to UNC Greensboro, 56-64, in front of a packed house at Fleming Gymnasium.
Down by 12 points with eight minutes to go, the College put together another late-game comeback bid (the Cougars came from 17-points back to beat USC Upstate last Sunday), eventually closing the gap to just two, with only three minutes to play. However, that was as close as the Cougars would get as shots stopped falling and UNCG was able to ice the game from the charity stripe in the closing moments.
Erin Hall (Norcross, Ga.) led the way for the Cougars with a double-double (her first as a Cougar), scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Hall, a transfer from Wake Forest, knocked down 5 treys in 25 minutes of action.
Also performing well for the Cougars was senior Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.), who managed 8 points and 11 rebounds. Jill Brown (Midlothian, Va.) and Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) also contributed, dropping 6 dimes and scoring 11 points, respectively.
The Cougars were the better team for large parts of the first half, going up by as many as 9 points following a pair of free-throws by Tolbert at the 8:57 mark of the first half to make it a 23-14 game.
The momentum quickly shifted, however, and the Spartans – who forced 15 first-half turnovers – outscored the Cougars 15-2 over the final 8 minutes to take a 29-25 lead in to the half-time break.
In the second half, the Cougars quickly closed the gap to just one following a deep three from Hall, but the Spartans regained control and extended their lead to 12 points, with 8:54 left in the game.
Switching to a full-court press, the Cougars – who swiped 18 steals on the night – began cutting in to the deficit and buckets by Hall, Bre Bolden (Edgewater, Md.) and Frye saw the Cougars come within two with just 3:02 to play.
The Spartans, however, would go on to hit eight of nine free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
-The Cougars 73 field-goal attempts marks the eighth most in program history.
-The Cougars 18 steals ties for the 8th most in program history. The 18 steals led to 21 points off turnovers.
-Head Coach Natasha Adair is now 2-1 against UNC Greensboro, following the Cougars back-to-back victories last season.
-Erin Hall’s 17 points and 10 rebounds marks the first double-double of her Cougar career.
-Jill Brow’s six assists move her to within just 11 of the all-time record, held by Tonia Gerty (460).
-Senior Alyssa Frye hit two three-pointers on Saturday night, giving her 167 for her career, good enough for fifth best all-time at the College. She trails fourth-place Missy Peterson (171) by just 5.
-For the fourth time in five games, the Cougars starting lineup consisted of Brown, Frye, Hall, Tolbert and Ramer.
-Saturday’s game against Greensboro brings to a close a rugged four game road swing for the Cougars, who went 1-3 on the trip.
-Next up for the College is a Sat, Nov. 30, date with South Carolina State, at TD Arena – with tip-off set for 2 p.m.
POST GAME QUOTES
Head Coach Natasha Adair on her team’s performance…
“We closed out our four game road swing 1-3. It’s not exactly what we planned but we will do a lot of teaching this week as we prepare to defend our home court next weekend. I feel like each game highlighted strengths and weaknesses. We do a great job of creating momentum in games, but we need to do a better job of sustaining it. It’s our job to get back in to the gym and improve. We will have a great week of practice and prepare for our next opponent.”
Junior, Guard, Erin Hall on bouncing back…
“Tonight’s loss was a tough one. As a team, we never gave up, but we need to do a better job of finishing around the rim and having better shot selection. The positive is that we have a week to get in the gym and fix it before our next game against South Carolina State. Our only focus right now is winning our next game.”
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