Women's Basketball Preview (1/30-2/6)
The Pride women's basketball team has won five straight games, all in conference play, and will look to pick up conference victory number ten at home on Tuesday. Greensboro will also play its first of a two game series with NAIA-affiliated Allen University, and two other conference games, on the road.
Tuesday, January 31st vs. Peace (7:00 p.m.)-The Pacers have claimed just one conference victory this season, an 11-point win over inner-city foe Meredith, and sit in the bottom of the USA South. Peace has had two separate losing streaks of six games or more and have also lost its last three.
Crystal Alston is the lone Pacer averaging double digits scoring this season with 13.5 per game and has dished out a team high 36 assists. Callie Yohn shoulders most of the rebounding responsibilities, grabbing 8.6 per game and adds 7.1 points per game to the scoring column as well. Peace is averaging just 51.1 points per game on 30% shooting, while allowing 63.2 points and nearly 40% shooting from the floor.
Greensboro demolished Peace earlier this season, 71-56. Danielle Duncan and Bianca Richburg both recorded double-doubles. Duncan posted 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Richburg added 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Pride had one of their best shooting performances of the season, hitting 44.3% of their shots and overcame a slow first half to outscore Peace 42-30 in the second.
The Pride are 27-6 all-time against the Pacers.
Thursday, February 2nd at Allen (6:00 p.m.)-Allen is an NAIA-affiliated school and full results could not be found for the season. The women's team has never faced Allen before, but the men defeated them earlier this season, 82-45. This is the first of the two meetings between the teams this season, as Allen will visit Hanes Gymnasium on February 13th.
Saturday, February 4th at NC Wesleyan (2:00 p.m.)-The Battling Bishops are 9-7 this season, with a 6-5 mark in conference play. Despite a rocky start to the season, NC Wesleyan has won five of their last six games, falling only to conference-leading Ferrum. Four of those six games have been at home, but they will hit the road to play Christopher Newport before Greensboro invades Rocky Mount.
Tiffany Bell and Samantha Urguhart lead the Bishops in scoring this season with 11.7 and 10.1 points per game, respectively. Urguhart is also the team's top rebounder with just over eight per game. Shanice Goree also adds a major scoring threat with her three-point shooting ability, hitting over 38% on the season, which ranks her third in the USA South.
The Pride defeated NC Wesleyan at home earlier this season, 76-55. Greensboro held just a six point lead at halftime, but an early second half run put the game out of reach and The Pride cruised to a victory. Chevana Pickard scored a season-high 21 points to lead Greensboro and also grabbed nine rebounds. Duncan and Richburg both contributed ten-plus points to the scoreboard, while Andrienne Terrell led all players with 11 rebounds.
Greensboro is 40-19 all-time against the Battling Bishops.
Sunday, February 5th at Meredith (2:00 p.m.)-Greensboro will complete a long week, and busy weekend, with a trip to Meredith. The Avenging Angels are just 5-12 this season, 3-8 in conference play, but Player of the Year hopeful Meghan Rahn, makes them a threat every time they step on the floor. Meredith will play the top two teams in the conference, Ferrum and Christopher Newport, before playing The Pride.
Rahn leads the Avenging Angels in almost every statistical category and The Pride will have to shut her down to take home the win. Rahn's 24.1 points per game is a conference best and she ranks third in conference rebounding as well, with 8.4 a game. She has hit 34% of her three-pointers this year, and 44.3% of her shots from the floor. Allyson Stephen leads the team in assists with 2.1 per game, while Bryana Holmes is their other scoring threat, tallying 11.3 a game.
The Pride handled Meredith easily earlier in the year, running away with the game, 77-54. Four players hit the double digit column scoring in the first game, including a double-double by Jena Cabe with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Richburg led all players with 13 rebounds. Greensboro didn't have a great game hitting shots, but out-rebounded the Angels 64-28.
Greensboro leads the all-time series over Meredith, 20-14.