GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Alexis Pitchford scored 16 points and UNCG used a dominant third quarter to pull away from Furman en route to a 65-52 win in Southern Conference women's basketball play Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gymnasium.
The win was the first for UNCG (13-11, 4-5 SoCon) over Furman (12-13, 5-4 SoCon) in the last eight games.
The Paladins got a game high 19 points from freshman Le'Jzae Davidson and 16 from junior forward DeAnneisha Jackson, but that was about all the offense Furman could generate in a contest that saw the Paladins outscored 25-7 in the third quarter after taking a 26-24 halftime lead.
Cierra Carter, Furman's leading active scorer who tallied a career high 27 points against Western Carolina on Thursday, went scoreless.
Furman's only points over the first six and half minutes of the third quarter came via a pair of Tiara Hodges free throws. UNCG, meanwhiile, countered with 18 points in the stretch to take a 40-26 lead following two Pitchford free throws with 3:47 remaining.
The Spartans were never threatened the rest of the way and used dominant work on the boards, outrebounding the Paladins 26-14 over the final 20 minutes, in cruising to the win.
Furman committed 22 turnovers that led to a 20-9 advantage off miscues for UNCG.
The Spartans shot only 35.9 percent (23x64) from the field but attempted 15 more shots than the Paladins, who connected on just 17 of 49 attempts (34.7%).
Jackson's 19 points gave her 43 points in two games against UNCG this year. She went for a season high 23 in a 65-55 win over the Spartans in Greenville on Jan. 5.
Furman returns home to play Wofford next Saturday.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information