WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s basketball team plays its only exhibition contest of the preseason Monday as it hosts UNC Pembroke in a 7 p.m. contest at Trask Coliseum.

Under the guidance of second-year Head Coach Adell Harris, the Seahawks welcome back one starter and three letterwinners from its 2012-13 squad. Junior Kelva Atkins, a First-Team Preseason All-CAA selection, looks to build off a solid sophomore campaign that saw her average 10.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per contest.

UNCW also welcomes six freshmen into the fold this season as newcomers D'Asia Cain, Johanna McMillan, Ryan Flowers, Brie Mobley, Naqaiyyah Teague and Amber Reeves are all expected to make their collegiate debuts against the Braves on Monday.

Picked to finish 11th in the Peach Belt Preseason Coaches’ Poll, UNC Pembroke welcomes back three starters from last season’s squad that posted a 12-16 overall record. Junior Jazmine Kemp returns after a solid 2012-13 season that saw her average a team-best 11.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game on her way to earning Third-Team All-PBC accolades. Sophomore Chandrica Fuller is also back after starting 27 of 28 games played during her rookie season, averaging 6.9 points,  3.2 rebounds and a team-best 3.1 assists.

The Braves are coached by John Haskins, a 1980 graduate of UNCW who was a four-year letterwinner with the men's basketball team. Haskins served as team captain for former Seahawk coach Mel Gibson's squad during his senior season.

UNCW holds a 14-12 overall mark in exhibition contests dating back to the 1991-92 season. The Seahawks have won seven straight exhibition matchups, including a 52-38 victory over UNC Pembroke a season ago at Trask Coliseum.  

Monday’s matchup also represents the fourth straight season and the fifth time overall that UNCW and UNCP have met in the preseason. The Seahawks have won all five matchups with an average margin of victory of 22.6 points.

UNCW opens the 2013-14 regular season Nov. 9 with a 1 p.m. contest at No. 6/7 Notre Dame.