ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Behind three players with double digit points, Furman earned a 63-58 win over UNCG, giving the team the final spot in tomorrow's quarterfinals of the 2012 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
Furman (15-15, 10-10 SoCon) took a 28-22 lead at the half that they never relinquished. The first half remained tight, but the Spartans were unable to get a lead.
UNCG freshman April Carson hit two three-pointers in the final 20 seconds of the game, which brought the Spartans within three, but it wasn't enough as Furman junior Raegan Thompson made two free-throws in the closing seconds of the game.
"We knew UNCG were fighters," said Furman head coach Jackie Carson. "They were up the whole game and we came back and pressed them. I'm glad we were able to hit some key free throws at the end. I give UNCG credit, they've had a season where they've lost a lot of games, but they are better than their record shows. That's a credit to them because they fought to the end."
UNCG was down by as many as 15 points in the second half, but was able to decrease their deficit with 12 points from sophomore Breonna Patterson. She tallied a game-high 17 points.
Brittany Hodges, who was named SoCon Freshman of the Year, recorded a team-high 16 points for the Paladins. Junior Teshia Griswold put up 14 points and four rebounds while Thompson had 13 points with three three-pointers.
Sophomore Janae Stevenson added 10 points for the Spartans and pulled down seven rebounds.
Furman will play No.3 Chattanooga tomorrow, March 3 at 9:00 p.m. in Kimmel Arena.