Towson Game Day Information

Date | Time

 March 6th| 7 p.m.

Venue (Location/Capacity)

 Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, N.C./5,500)

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team takes to its home floor for the final time during the 2012-13 season as it hosts Towson Wednesday in a 7 p.m. contest at Trask Coliseum.

Seahawk Storylines

  • The Seahawks (3-24; 2-14 CAA) are back home after suffering a 70-50 defeat to Hofstra Sunday at the Mack Sports Complex.
  • The Pride took advantage of a 24-3 run midway through the first half to pull away the Seahawks and complete the sweep of the season series.
  • Senior Shante Evans recorded 19 points and 19 rebounds to post her league-leading 18th double-double of the season and pace a potent Hofstra attack that shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the floor and enjoyed a commanding 52-31 advantage on the glass.
  • Junior Jessica Freeman scored 15 points and senior Tawanna Lee added 12 for the Seahawks, who were a frosty 27.0 percent (17-of-63) from the field for the contest, including a 22.6 percent (7-of-31) performance from the floor in the first half.
  • UNCW has struggled to rebound the basketball this season as it ranks 11th in the CAA and 317th in the NCAA in rebounding margin (-6.6). The Seahawks have been out-rebounded by their opponent in all but seven of its 27 games this season, but enter today's contest having posting a positive rebounding margin in three of its last six contests (+9 vs. George Mason, +2 vs. Georgia State & +5 at Drexel).
  • The Seahawks have made it hard for the opposition to make shots from the field this season as opponents are making just 39.4 percent (661-of-1676) of their tries from the field this season, representing the sixth-best field goal percentage defense in program history. Of UNCW's 27 games played this season, the Seahawks opponent has shot better than 40 percent from the field on just 12 occasions.
  • UNCW has struggled to shoot the basketball this season, ranking 10th in the CAA and 274th nationally in field goal percentage, making just 36.3 percent (531-of-1462) of its attempts from the floor this season. The Seahawks have shot better than 40 percent from the floor in just eight of 27 games this season, but six of those performances have come in the last 15 contests. (William & Mary, Drexel, Towson, Hofstra, Georgia State and George Mason).
  • Senior forward Karneshia Garrett has been a force to be reckoned with on the glass this season as she enters today's contest ranked 17th in the nation in rebounds per game (11.0). She has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 15 of 25 games played this season, highlighted by a 20-rebound effort against Georgia State on Feb. 17. She has pulled down double-digit boards in eight of the last 11 games, recording a double-double in each of those contests as she has averaged 11.9 rebounds per game during that stretch.
  • Garrett has also picked up her point production in recent games, averaging 13.7 points in the Seahawks' last 13 contests. Garrett is shooting 47.7 percent (75-of-157) from the field during that stretch as she has reached double figures in all but two of those 13 contests, highlighted by a career-high 22-point effort against Georgia State on Feb. 17.
  • Junior guard Jessica Freeman leads the team in steals (2.5) and ranks second in scoring (10.5) and third in assists (2.5). Freeman poured in a career-high 27 points in the Seahawks victory over Georgia State on Feb. 17, going 9-of-15 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range.
  • Freeman has served as an iron-woman of sorts for the Seahawks, having played 40 or more minutes in 11 games this season, highlighted by a career-high 43 minutes against Georgia State on Feb.17. She ranks second in the CAA in minutes played per game (36.4).

Hofstra Recap
UNCW moved to 3-24 overall and 2-14 in CAA play with a 70-50 setback at Hofstra on Sunday at the Mack Sports Complex.
  • Hofstra took advantage of a 24-3 run midway through the first half to build a lead that would shrink to no fewer than 15 the rest of the way as the Pride completed the season sweep of the Seahawks.
  • Senior Shante Evans recorded 19 points and 19 rebounds to post her league-leading 18th double-double of the season and pace a potent Hofstra attack that shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the floor and had three players score in double figures.
  • Evans, who became the CAA's career rebounding leader during the contest with her 19 rebounds, also highlighted a Hofstra lineup that enjoyed a commanding 52-31 advantage on the glass.
  • The Seahawks were out-rebounded for the 20th time this season and moved to 0-20 on the campaign when grabbing fewer rebounds than their opponent. The Pride's 21 rebound advantage on the glass represented the 14th time this season that a UNCW opponent has held a double-digit advantage in rebounds.
  • Junior Jessica Freeman scored 15 points and senior Tawanna Lee added 12 for the Seahawks, who were a frosty 27.0 percent (17-of-63) from the field for the contest, including a 22.6 percent (7-of-31) performance from the floor in the first half.
  • Sophomore Kelva Atkins joined the duo in double figures, finishing with 11 points and a team-high five assists.
  • UNCW shot below 40 percent from the floor for the 19th time this season and moved to 0-19 when doing so. It marked the third time in four games the Seahawks have shot below 40 percent from the field.
  • UNCW shot below 60 percent from the free-throw line for the 10th time this season as it was 7-of-13 (.538) at the charity stripe.
  • Hofstra posted a 42-10 advantage in points in the paint, including 22-4 advantage in the second half.
  • The two teams combined to record 34 turnovers in the contest (Hofstra 20, UNCW 14). Hofstra became the third team to record 20 or more turnovers against the Seahawks this season.
  • The Seahawks recorded double figure assists for the 18th time this season and the fifth time in six games as they finished with 10 assists.
  • UNCW recorded double digit steals for the sixth time this season as they recorded 10 thefts versus the Pride.
  • Hofstra became the ninth team this season and the first team in five games to score 70 or more points against the Seahawks.

Scouting Towson
  • Towson (12-17; 5-13 CAA) looks to wrap up the regular season with three straight victories after knocking off William & Mary at home, 79-63, on Sunday in the final game at the Towson Center.
  • Junior Tanisha McTiller powers the Towson lineup, ranking in the top 11 of the CAA in scoring (18.7), rebounding (7.3), steals (2.3) and minutes played (36.6).
  • McTiller was named CAA Player-of-the-Week on Monday after averaging 32.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in leading the Tigers to victories over Northeastern and William & Mary last weke. She shot 55.6 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 opportunities from the foul line in the two victories.
  • Senior Michelle Peebles is second on the team in scoring (9.2), ranking ninth in the league in field goal percentage (.469). Peebles poured in a career-high 18 points in the Tigers' 55-53 victory over UNCW on Jan. 27 at the Towson Center.
  • Junior Nyree Williams is third in the CAA in blocked shots (1.6) and sits 10th in the league in rebounding (7.4).
  • Joe Matthews is in his 10th season with the Towson program. He has led the Tigers to four winning seasons in the last six campaigns.

Series Notes Versus Towson
  • Wednesday's contest marks the 22nd meeting between UNCW and Towson as all 21 previous matchups have come since the Tigers joined the CAA prior to the start of the 2001-02 season.
  • UNCW has won six of the last seven matchups against Towson to build a 13-8 edge in the series. The Tigers won the first meeting between the two programs, a 55-53 triumph at the Towson Center on Jan. 27.
  • UNCW has posted a 7-2 record at home versus Towson. The Seahawks have won three straight at home against the Tigers, including a 53-51 decision in their most recent matchup in the Port City on Feb. 23, 2012.
  • UNCW's last loss at home to Towson came in a 55-51 defeat on Jan. 13, 2008.

Half-Dollar Defense
The Seahawks are 53-0 since the start of the 2002-03 campaign when limiting the opposition to 50 points or less.
  • UNCW held its first opponent to 50 points or less during the Adell Harris era with a 59-45 victory over North Carolina Central on Nov. 28. The win also marked the first time the Seahawks had limited its opposition to fewer than 50 points since a 76-47 victory at Towson on Feb. 24, 2011.
  • The last time the Seahawks lost a game in which they held their opponent to less than 50 points was a 49-44 setback at rival Campbell on Nov. 17, 2001.

Interstate 70
UNCW is 70-8 (.897) since the start of the 2000-01 campaign when it scores 70 or more points in a contest.
  • The Seahawks reached the 70-point plateau for the first time this season in their 84-83 overtime victory against Georgia State on Feb. 17. The 84 points matched the eighth highest point total for a UNCW squad since the start of the 2000-01 season.
  • UNCW is 24-2 since the start of the 2010-11 season when reaching the 70-point plateau.
  • UNCW's last loss when scoring 70 or more points came in a 79-73 setback to Appalachian State in the first round of the Postseason WNIT last March.

Getting Off To a Good Start important for UNCW
The Seahawks are 68-23 (.747) since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading at halftime.
  • UNCW is just 1-6 this season when holding a halftime advantage. Five of the Seahawks last eight losses have come under such circumstances.
  • Four of the Seahawks six losses when leading at the half this season have come in games where their halftime advantage was three points or less (25-24 vs. Charlotte; 30-27 at Towson; 33-32 vs. William & Mary; 27-26 vs. George Mason) while a fifth such contest featured a four-point intermission advantage (32-28 vs. Hofstra).
  • On the flip side, the Seahawks are just 22-69 (.242) since 2007-08 and just 2-18 this season when trailing at intermission. UNCW has defeated William & Mary (23-22) and Georgia State (38-34) this season when trailing at the break.

Double-Digit Dominance
UNCW has benefitted from building big leads in recent years as it is a combined 69-8 (.896) since the start of the 2007-08 season when it holds a lead of 10 points or more during a contest.
  • The Seahawks are 2-3 this season under such circumstances. Three of the Seahawks losses in conference play have come after UNCW has held a double-digit lead (11 vs. William & Mary; 12 at Old Dominion and 11 vs. Hofstra).
  • The Seahawks have struggled to overcome big deficits in that same timeframe, posting a 13-74 (.149) mark during games in which they have trailed by 10 points or more. Nine of those 13 victories, however, have come since the start of the 2010-11 season, including their 61-52 win at William & Mary on Jan. 8 and their 84-83 overtime triumph against Georgia State on Feb. 17.

Youth Movement
According to research conducted by the athletic communications department at St. John's University, UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris is one of the youngest Division I head coaches in the country.
  • Harris is the 10th youngest head coach in the nation based on birth date, having celebrated her 32nd birthday on May 1, just two days before accepting the head coaching position at UNCW.
  • Harris is the youngest coach in the CAA, but not the youngest in the state of North Carolina. That honor goes to High Point Head Coach DeUnna Hendrix. The 28-year-old is in her first season as head coach of the Panthers.

Freeman, Lee Making Their Way Up School's Three-Point Chart
Senior Tawanna Lee and redshirt junior Jessica Freeman are both making their way up the school's career three-point field goals made chart.
  • Freeman currently sits in tied for 5th place on the all-time list with110 3-pointers made while Lee is in 8th place with 93 treys made.
  • Freeman entered the program's top ten list for career three-point field goals made with her three made trifectas in UNCW's game at Northern Kentucky on Dec. 20. One of six players to make 100 3-pointers in their UNCW career, Freeman enters tonight's game tied with Denise Marsh for fifth place on the all-time list (110).
  • Lee, meanwhile, moved into the top 10 by knocking down four 3-point attempts against Hofstra on Feb. 5. She begins today's contest four trifectas away from matching Tressa Reese for seventh place on the all-time list.
  • Both players have been consistent from beyond the arc during their careers, with Freeman sixth (.342) and Lee 10th (.332) on the squad's chart for career three-point field goal percentage. Freeman led the league in three-point field goal percentage in 2011-12 (.414), while Lee is tied for 13th on the circuit this season in that category (.328).

Hail To the Thief
Junior guard Jessica Freeman is rapidly moving up the program's top 10 list of career steals leaders.
  • Currently in fourth place on the program's all-time steals chart, Freeman entered the top 10 on Jan. 31, recording five steals against William & Mary to surpass Johnnie Smith to gain entry on the the school's all-time thefts chart.
  • Freeman enters today's contest with 190 career steals and is six thefts shy of matching Shiela Patterson for third place on the program's all-time list (196).
  • Thievery is nothing new for the Charlotte, N.C. native as Freeman ranked sixth in the league in steals in 2011-12 (2.2). She currently ranks third among all league players in that category (2.5).
  • Freeman has turned some memorable steals performances during her career. She matched a CAA tournament record with eight steals in the Seahawks victory over the Pride in the 2012 tournament quarterfinals and recently established a new career high with nine steals in the Seahawks contest against Hofstra on Feb. 5.
  • Eight of Freeman's nine steals against the Pride on Feb. 5 came in the first half, representing the most steals in a single half this season by a Division I player.

The 20-20 Club

Senior Karneshia Garrett joined an exclusive club with her performance against Georgia State on Feb. 17.
  • Garrett finished with career highs of 22 points and 20 rebounds in the overtime victory against the Panthers, becoming the first UNCW player to record 20 or more points and rebounds in the same game since the 1987-88 season.
  • Sharon McDowell was the last Seahawk player to accomplish the feat, finishing with 20 points and 20 rebounds against East Carolina Feb. 27, 1988.

Garrett Gains Entry Onto Single-Season Rebounding List
Senior Karneshia Garrett enters today's contest in eight place on the program's single season rebounding chart.
  • Garrett has grabbed 287 rebounds in 26 games this season, one rebound shy of matching Gwen Austin's 25-game total from the 1982-83 season.
  • Garrett has averaged 11.0 rebounds per game this season, the fifth highest single-season total in school history. She has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 15 of 26 games played this season, including a career-high 20 rebounds in the Seahawks' overtime victory against Georgia State on Feb. 17.

Garrett receives CAA Honor
UNCW senior forward Karneshia Garrett was named CAA Co-Player-of-the-Week on Feb. 18.
  • A native of Hoover, Ala., Garrett averaged 18.5 points and 19.5 rebounds in leading the Seahawks to a 1-1 mark against George Mason and Georgia State.
  • Garrett shot 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the floor and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from the free-throw line as she played all but two of UNCW's 85 minutes on the floor.
  • Garrett opened the week with 15 points and 19 rebounds versus George Mason on Thursday and followed that performance with career highs of 22 points, 20 rebounds and six blocked shots in the Seahawks' overtime victory against Georgia State on Sunday.

Up Next
UNCW wraps up its regular-season schedule March 9 with a 2 p.m. contest at Northeastern.