ATLANTA, Ga. – Junior guard Nadine Soliman became the 25th player in school history to record her 1,000th career point as UNC Greensboro women’s basketball (0-1) fell to Georgia State (1-0) 70-63 in the season opener in GSU Sports Arena.
The Spartans trailed by as many as 16 points, 47-31, at the 8:10 mark in the third quarter, but the Spartans went on a 25-9 run to end the third quarter tied at 56. The Panthers outscored UNCG 14-7 in the final quarter.
“I liked what we did and we made some adjustments during halftime,” Head Coach Trina Patterson said. “I thought that Nadine is always a threat and that’s what we want. Nadine’s seven total rebounds, six defensive rebounds, is pretty good. She rebounded, defended and scored. The difference in the game is that we didn’t have many subs to offset some of their bench and they went deep.”
Soliman led the team with a game-high 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor, including 6-for-11 from the 3-point line, and added seven rebounds and three steals, while junior guard Cece Crudup led the team with nine rebounds and added six points and a game-high four steals.
Junior forward Te’ja Twitty and junior forward Mangela Ngandjui each added 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the floor, while Twitty added five rebounds and three assists and Ngandjui added four rebounds and three steals and sophomore forward Aja Boyd added nine points and seven rebounds.
The Spartans scored the first nine points of the game for a 9-0 lead with 7:12 remaining in the first quarter, but Georgia State 16 of the final 22 points to take a point lead, 16-15 after the first quarter.
The Panthers scored 16 of the first 21 points to increase the lead to 12 points, 32-20, with 4:45 remaining in the second quarter, but the Spartans scored five of the next seven points to cut the lead to nine points, 34-25, with 2:52 left in the first half. GSU scored nine of the final 13 points to take a halftime lead of 43-29.
Georgia State scored four of the first six points of the third quarter to take a 16-point lead, 47-31, but the Spartans scored 20 of the next 22 points, including nine points from Soliman, to take a two-point lead, 51-49. GSU scored seven of the final 12 points to tie the game at 56 after the third quarter.
The Spartans scored three of the first five points in the final quarter to take a point lead, 59-58, but the Panthers hit back-to-back three pointers to take the a five-point lead, 64-59. UNCG scored the next four points to cut the lead to a point, 64-63, but GSU scored the final six points for the seven-point win.
The Spartans host Pfeiffer Sunday at 2 p.m. for the home opener in Fleming Gymnasium.
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