Rath’s View: Bears get Revenge

The UNC Bears did what they needed to do today to stay in the hunt for the regular season title.  They could not have done it without the 36 picked up by Savannah Smith, the new all-time leading scorer in UNC WBB history.  Smith needed 30 today to capture the record.  If you are following along, she needed to average 20.6 over the final 6 of the season to get the record.  She had something different in mind, as she has average 33.3 points per game over the last 6.  Her 36 today helped UNC capture a 75-61 victory today against Weber State and move to 14-4 in Big Sky Conference play.

The Bears have now played 3 games without Krystal Leger-Walker, but they have proved that they can score and move the ball without her.  Don’t get me wrong, having Leger-Walker in the lineup as we go down the stretch would be awesome.  In addition to the 36 from Smith, the Bears got 16 from Alexis Chapman, who paced the Bears in the third, scoring 12 of her points in that quarter.  Micayla Isenbart added in 11 points. 

UNC had two players with double-digit rebounds as Abby Kain finished with 10 and Ali Meyer finished with 11.  The Bears outplayed Weber State in all facets of the game as they out shot the Wildcats 41% to 35% from the floor and held the Wildcats to 33.3% from the three-point line.  The Bears out rebounded the Wildcats 45 to 33 with 14 of those being offensive rebounds which turned into 12 second chance points.  The Bears did commit 15 turnovers, but that only turned into 13 points for the Wildcats.

The day was all about Smith and Meyer as Savannah Smith jumped into the top spot of all-time scoring in UNC WBB history.  Ali Meyer did her work too, collecting her 300th rebound of the season and finished the day sitting at 308 on the season.  That number puts her six rebounds back of the season all-time leader in D’shara Strange with 314.

Make sure that you get out to the Bank of Colorado Arena on Thursday, March 7th at 7 as the Bears play their final home game of the season and honor their seniors in Savannah Smith and Shaylise Fernander.  Also, get out there and cheer on the Bears as they battle for that top spot in the Big Sky.  Check out more stats at uncbears.com.

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