ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team will compete in the James Madison Invitational Tournament this Tuesday and Wednesday at the JMU Convocation Center. The Bulldogs will battle Western Michigan Tuesday afternoon starting at 5 p.m. Asheville will play either Lafayette or host James Madison on Wednesday at either 5 or 7 p.m.
The tournament is a homecoming for Bulldog head coach Betsy Blose. Coach Blose played and coached at James Madison and is a native of Harrisonburg, Va. where the school is located.
“This is an exciting tournament for us to be in and for me to coach in,” commented Blose. “The tournament should provide some great competition for our team.”
Asheville played last and battled before falling to Elon at home, 73-68 on Dec. 21. The Bulldogs trailed by 18 in the second half and just missed tying the game late.
“We did a nice job coming back against Elon,” declared Blose. “Our effort was excellent, and we almost pulled it out. We just got too far behind.
“We’re still a work in progress,” added Blose. “We just need to put the pieces together.”
Asheville faces the Western Michigan Broncos on Tuesday. WMU is 4-7 on the season but has faced a tough schedule.
Junior forward Lindsey Montgomery is Asheville’s leading scorer going into the tournament. She is averaging 12 points per game and averaging 9.8 rebounds per outing. Montgomery has posted three double-doubles this season with two of them in the last three games. She has averaged 14.7 rebounds per game in the last three outings.