GREENSBORO, N.C. - The UNCG women's basketball team tied a program single-game record with 12 three-point field goals and outscored No. 23 Florida State 41-38 in the second half, but the Seminoles proved a bit too much for the Spartans Saturday, taking a 93-63 nonconference victory at the Greensboro Coliseum.
"Even though this game ended up a loss, I am very proud of our ladies' competitiveness in the second half," head coach Wendy Palmer said. "Hopefully our performance in the last 20 minutes will give us some confidence heading into our conference schedule."
Freshman Lucy Mason (Stone Mountain, Ga./Chamblee Charter) led the Blue and Gold in scoring for the seventh time in 10 games this year, netting 21 points and hitting a career-high five three-point field goals.
She also posted four assists and three steals.
Sophomore Jessica Collins (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and freshman Ebona Goins (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) also reached double figures with 11 each - a personal best for both players. On the glass, senior Sidnei Harmon (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) paced the Spartans with eight boards.
UNCG's 12 field goals came on 21 attempts, leaving the Blue and Gold at a season-best 57 percent from beyond the arc.
Florida State ended the contest with five players in double figures, led by Chasity Clayton who dropped in 21. The Seminoles held the upper hand from the field, firing at a 46-percent clip and knocking down 39 of 84 shots. UNCG turned in a 37-percent showing (23-for-63). The Spartans stayed pretty even with the bigger Florida State squad on the glass as the Seminoles finished with a 47-42 edge in rebounding - including a 22-18 margin on the offensive boards.
Leonor Rodriguez put Florida State ahead with a layup 35 seconds into the game and the Seminoles extended the lead to 5-0 before UNCG put together a 9-2 run, with the help of four points from Mason, to assume a 9-7 advantage with 15:35 on the clock.
The Seminoles put together a big run over the next eight minutes, holding the Spartans without a point while building a 30-9 cushion. A free throw shot by Goins ended the drought before a jumper by Collins left the score at 32-12 with 6:46 remaining in the half. The advantage grew to 33 on a jumper by Lauren Coleman, making it 48-15, and the teams would each score seven points the rest of the way as Florida State led 55-22 at the break. Harmon scored the last points of the period with an offensive rebound and a putback as time expired.
A layup by Rodriguez saw Florida State move in front by 40 points at 67-27 before a 13-10 stretch extended the cushion to 80-37. At that point, with 10:14 remaining in the game, UNCG made its push. Goins started it off with a three-pointer and Mason nailed three-straight shots from range to cut the deficit to 82-54, ending a 17-2 run which made the score 82-54 at the 4:49 mark. Junior Janae' Stevenson (Columbia, S.C./Eau Claire) put in a layup with 3:34 left but the Seminoles countered with seven-straight points on the way to delivering the game's final score.
UNCG returns to the court after Christmas to close nonconference play, traveling to Birmingham, Ala. for a contest with UAB Sunday, Dec. 30. Tipoff at Bartow Arena is set for 2 p.m.
UNCG Sports Information Dept.