Celebrating 90 Years - Looking Back on UNC Asheville's Historic Title-Clinching Win

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The UNC Asheville women's basketball team hosted High Point in its Big South Conference home opener at Kimmel Arena on Saturday, Jan. 6. Let's look back at a memorable Bulldog-Panther game from a few years ago.
 
The most important Big South Conference regular-season home game for the UNC Asheville women's basketball team wasn't played on its homecourt.
 
Two years ago, the Bulldogs were marching toward a potential first ever regular-season title. They would end the regular season with a home game against a solid High Point squad. But instead of playing at Kimmel Arena, Asheville would have to play at its old home – Justice Center. Justice had been the home of the Bulldogs from the inception of the program until 2011. Both the men's and women's basketball teams used Justice on occasions for practice, but Kimmel Arena was now the home of the Bulldogs.
 
But there was a good reason that this was happening. The Big South men's and women's tournament was originally supposed to be held at Coastal Carolina the weekend of the High Point game. But when Coastal decided to leave the Big South for the Sun Belt Conference, the league took the tournament out of Coastal and decided to have two tournaments in two locations. Campbell was awarded the men's tournament, while Kimmel Arena would host the women's tournament the weekend after the High Point game.
 
To accomplish all this, the women's schedule was readjusted and a High Point game that was scheduled for Feb. 27 would now be played on March 5. Kimmel Arena was scheduled to host the Southern Conference Wrestling Tournament on March 5.
 
"I got the call from Janet R. Cone (UNC Asheville's Athletic Director) about moving the game to Justice, and I agreed right away," remembered head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. "We were very excited about hosting the Big South Tournament and this seemed to be a good trade-off."

To read the full story, visit the UNC Asheville Bulldog's website.