Drexel Game Day Information

Date | Time

 February 19th7 p.m.

Venue (Location/Capacity)

 Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa../2,500)

Tickets

 Drexel Ticket Office

Online

 Live Stats | Drexeldragons.com (Pay-Per-View Video)

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UNCW Team Information

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Drexel Team Information

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team completes its season series with Drexel in a 7 p.m. contest Tuesday at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Seahawk Storylines

  • The Seahawks (3-20; 2-10 CAA) take to the road after a thrilling 84-83 overtime victory against Georgia State on Sunday that saw UNCW tally the final five points of the game over a six-second span to record the one-point victory.
  • Junior Jessica Freeman poured in a career-high 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting as the Seahawks exploded for a season-high in points. Senior Karneshia Garrett posted personal bests of 22 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks while sophomore Kelva Atkins joined the duo in double figures as she finished with 14 points.
  • UNCW has struggled to rebound the basketball this season as it ranks 11th in the CAA and 312th in the NCAA in rebounding margin (-6.1). The Seahawks have been out-rebounded by their opponent in all but six of its 22 games this season, but enter Tuesday's conetst having posting a positive rebounding margin in each of its last two contests (+9 versus George Mason; +2 versus Georgia State).
  • The Seahawks have made it hard for the opposition to make shots from the field this season as opponents are making just 38.7 percent (558-of-1442) of their tries from the field this season, representing the sixth-best field goal percentage defense in program history. Of UNCW's 23 opponents this season, only nine have shot better than 40 percent from the field against UNCW.
  • UNCW has struggled to shoot the basketball this season, ranking 10th in the CAA and 258th nationally in field goal percentage, making just 36.7 percent (460-of-1254) of its attempts from the floor this season. The Seahawks have shot better than 40 percent from the floor in just seven of 23 games this season, but five of those performances have come in the last 11 contests. (William & Mary, Drexel, Towson, Hofstra and Georgia State).
  • Senior forward Karneshia Garrett has been a force to be reckoned with on the glass this season as she enters Sunday's contest ranked 17th in the nation in rebounds per game (11.2). She has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 13 of 22 games played this season, highlighted by a 20-rebound effort against Georgia State on Sunday. She has pulled down double-digit boards in six of the last seven games, recording a double-double in each of those contests as she has averaged 13.0 rebounds per game during that stretch.
  • Garrett has also picked up her point production in recent games, averaging 14.1 points in the Seahawks' last 10 contests. Garrett is shooting 49.3 percent (56-of-113) from the field during that stretch as she has reached double figures in all but one of those nine contests, highlighted by a career-high 22-point effort against Georgia State on Sunday.
  • Garrett was named CAA Co-Player-of-the-Week on Monday. She averaged 18.5 points and 19.5 rebounds
  • Junior guard Jessica Freeman leads the team in scoring (10.9) and steals (2.7) and ranks third in assists (2.3). Freeman poured in a
  • Freeman has served as an iron-woman of sorts for the Seahawks, having played 40 or more minutes in 10 games this season, highlighted by a career-high 43 minutes against Georgia State on Sunday. She leads the league in minutes played per game (36.8).

Georgia State Recap
UNCW snapped a nine-game losing skid with an 84-83 victory over Georgia State on Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

  • UNCW scored the final five points of the game with less than 11 seconds remaining in overtime to erase a four-point deficit and record the one-point victory.
  • The Seahawks played their first overtime game of the season and their first extra-session game since a 68-64 victory over VCU on Feb. 3, 2011.
  • UNCW surpassed the 70-point plateau for the first time this season and improved to 70-8 since the 2001-02 season when doing so. The 84 points matched the eighth highest point total for the Seahawks since the start of the 2001-02 campaign.
  • The Seahawks shot better than 40 percent from the floor for the seventh time this season as they were 27-of-64 (.422) from the field against the Panthers. UNCW moved to 3-4 this season when shooting above 40 percent from the floor this season.
  • UNCW out-rebounded its opponent for the second straight contest and the sixth time this season as it held a 47-45 advantage on the glass. The Seahawks improved to 3-3 this season when finishing with more rebounds than its opponent.
  • The two teams were a combined 33-of-40 from the free-throw line as both teams shot better than 80 percent at the charity stripe. UNCW was 20-of-24 from the line while GSU was 13-of-16.
  • Both teams shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range as the Seahawks were 10-of-21 (.426) from beyond the arc while the Panthers were 10-of-23 (.435) from downtown. UNCW's 10 3-pointers made represented a season-high for the Seahawks.
  • UNCW overcame a double-digit deficit for the second time this season as it rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half.
  • Junior Jessica Freeman poured in a career-high 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including a 6-for-9 effort from 3-point range. Freeman's 27 points were a season-high for a UNCW player.
  • Senior Karneshia Garrett posted career highs of 22 points, 20 rebounds and six blocked shots. Garrett became the first UNCW player to record 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game since Sharon McDowell accomplished the feat against East Carolina on Feb. 27, 1988.
  • The Seahawks had two players score more than 20 points for the first time since Kristen Hanzer and Martha White turned the trick on Nov. 19, 2010 against rival East Carolina.

Scouting Drexel

  • Drexel (16-7; 9-3 CAA) eyes a return to the win column after suffering a 53-43 setback at Hofstra last Thursday, a game that saw the Dragons shot a season-low 23.4 percent (15-of-64) from the field in their matchup against the Pride.
  • Senior Hollie Mershon, a Preseason First-Team All-CAA selection, ranks second in the CAA in scoring (18.6) to highlight a Drexel attack that ranks 38th in the nation in field goal percentage (.429), 30th in 3-point field goal percentage (.349) and 9th free throw percentage (.775).
  • Mershon also ranks among the top 12 players in the league in both rebounding (6.5/12th) and assists (4.2/2nd) while also pacing the team in steals (1.3).
  • Senior Taylor Wotton is second on the team in scoring (11.0) while fellow senior Niki Jones is third (8.6). Jones and Wotton also rank second and third on the team rebounding chart, averaging 4.6 and 4.3 caroms per game, respectively.
  • The Dragons have valued the basketball all season, committing just 12.1 turnovers per game to rank fourth in the country in that category.
  • Denise Dillon is in her 10th season as head coach of the Drexel program. Dillon has guided the Dragons to four straight postseason appearances (2009 NCAA; 2010, 2011 & 2012 WNIT) and a 167-132 record in that span.

Series Notes Versus Drexel

  • Tuesday's contest marks the 20th meeting between the two programs, all of which have occurred since Drexel joined the CAA prior to the start of the 2001-02 season.
  • The Dragons hold an 11-8 edge in the series and have won each of the last two meetings between the programs, including a 64-51 triumph at Trask Coliseum on Jan. 13.
  • Tuesday's game marks the ninth contest between UNCW and Drexel at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
  • The Dragons have won six of the previous eight meetings between the two programs in The City of Brotherly Love, but the Seahawks were victorious in their most recent visit, posting a 60-58 victory on Feb. 28, 2010.

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 six 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 22-64 (.255) since 2007-08 and just 2-13 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 last five losses 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 an 13-71 (.155) 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.

Harris, McGowen Reunited
When UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris took over the Seahawks program last May, she was already familiar with one player on her new roster from her time at Tusculum College.

  • Harris coached current UNCW senior Chelsea McGowen at Tusculum during the 2009-10 season.
  • Together the duo combined to lead the Pioneers to a 23-10 overall record, the South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight.
  • McGowen averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds during her freshman season before transferring to Brunswick Community College for the 2011-12 campaign.

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 6th place on the all-time list with102 three-pointers made while Lee is in 9th place with 87 treys made.
  • Freeman 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 eigth three's away from matching 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 tonight's contest three 3-pointers away from trying Jeri Lyn Coker for eighth place (90).
  • Both players have been consistent from beyond the arc during their careers, with Lee sixth (.346) and Freeman 10th (.331) 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 ranks eighth on the circuit this season in that category (.352).

Hail To the Thief
Junior guard Jessica Freeman recently moved into the top 10 of the program's career steals chart.

  • Currently in sixth 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 184 career steals and needs just one theft to match Candace Walker for fifth place on the program's all-time list (185).
  • 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 second among all league players in that category (2.7).
  • 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.

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 Eyes Entry Onto Single-Season Rebounding Chart
Senior Karneshia Garrett enters Tuesday's contest looking to gain entry onto the program's single season rebounding chart.

  • Garrett has grabbed 247 rebounds heading into Tuesday's contest and needs just 11 boards to match Brittany Blackwell for 10th place on the program's single-season chart.
  • Garrett has averaged 11.2 rebounds per game this season, the fifth highest single-season total in school history. She has pulled down double-digit rebounds in 13 of 22 games played this season, including a career-high 20 rebounds in the Seahawks' overtime victory against Georgia State on Sunday.

Seahawks Tabbed Seventh, Garrett Preseason Honorable Mention
UNCW was picked to finish seventh overall during the upcoming 2012-13 season and senior forward Karneshia Garrett was a Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA selection.

  • The Seahawks and George Mason were selected to finish seventh in a vote of the league's 11 head coaches, ahead of Towson, William & Mary and Georgia State.
  • Delaware was picked to repeat as regular-season champion while James Madison was tabbed to finish second. Hofstra was picked third, followed by Drexel, Old Dominion, Northeastern, UNCW and George Mason (tie), Towson and William & Mary (tie) and Georgia State.
  • Garrett earned Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA accolades after appearing in 32 games and making 21 starts during her first season with the program in 2011-12. She averaged 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while pacing the team with six double-doubles.

Up Next
After its visit to Philadelphia, UNCW returns home as it hosts Northeastern in a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday at Trask Coliseum.