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Women's Basketball Preview: UNC Pembroke

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 11/02/2012
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Senior Karneshia Garrett and the Seahawks plays their only exhibition contest of the preseason Saturday as they hosts UNC Pembroke in a 4:30 p.m. matchup at Trask Coliseum
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Senior Karneshia Garrett and the Seahawks plays their only exhibition contest of the preseason Saturday as they hosts UNC Pembroke in a 4:30 p.m. matchup at Trask Coliseum
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team plays its only exhibition contest of the preseason Saturday as it hosts UNC Pembroke in a 4:30 p.m. matchup at Trask Coliseum.

Saturday's contest will serve as the second half of an exhibition doubleheader as Buzz Peterson's men's squad will face North Carolina Wesleyan at 2 p.m.

Staying Connected

  • Live stats will be available for Saturday's game and can be accessed here.
  • A free video stream for the game will also be available that can be accessed by clicking here.
  • Fans can also keep up with updates from the UNCW women's basketball program by following the team's twitter account (@UNCWWBB).
  • Information for the women's soccer program and all 19 of UNCW's varsity intercollegiate programs can also be found by checking out the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) accounts.

Seahawk Notes

  • UNCW welcomes back three starters and seven letterwinners from its 2011-12 squad that recorded 20 victories and advanced to postseason play for the second consecutive season with an at-large berth in the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.
  • Former Wake Forest standout and Tusculum College head coach Adell Harris will make her Seahawk coaching debut against the Braves. Named the 10th head coach in UNCW's women's basketball history on May 3, 2012, Harris takes over the Seahawk women's program following a successful three-year stint as head coach of the Pioneers, guiding the NCAA Division II school to a 61-30 overall record, back-to-back Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament championships (2010 & 2011) and three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Seahawks reached the 20-win plateau for the second consecutive season and the fourth time in program history as it finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 20-13 overall mark. It marked the first time in school history that the program had recorded back-to-back 20-win campaigns.
  • UNCW will once again look to make life difficult for opposing offenses as the Seahawks averaged 10.3 steals per game last season to rank second in the CAA and 52nd in the nation in that category. UNCW recorded double-figure steals in 19 of their 33 games in 2011-12, including a season-high 17 thefts in their win against East Carolina on Nov. 20.
  • The Seahawks will once again face a challenging non-conference slate in 2012-13 as seven of their 11 non-league opponents qualified for postseason competition last season, including NCAA Tournament participants Liberty, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia. In addition, nine of those teams won 15 or more contests, with six of those teams - Liberty, Northern Kentucky, Richmond, Tulane, Wake Forest and West Virginia - all reaching the 20-win milestone.
  • Seniors Tawanna Lee, Karneshia Garrett and Chelsea McGowen all return following solid inaugural campaigns with the Seahawks program in 2011-12. Both Lee and Garrett averaged 9.8 points per game while Garrett also led the team in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and Lee dished out 115 assists. McGowen, meanwhile, averaged 4.9 points and was third on the team with 4.3 rebounds. Lee is the only returning player that started every outing for UNCW in 2011-12. Garrett took part in 32 games and made 21 starts while McGowen saw playing time in 31 games with 17 starts in 2011-12.
  • Redshirt junior Jessica Freeman also returns after taking part in all 33 games a season ago. Freeman averaged 8.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and was sixth in the CAA in steals (2.2 spg). She led the CAA in three-point field goal percentage (.414) and matched a CAA Tournament record with eight steals in the Seahawks 94-87 victory over Hofstra in the Quarterfinals of the 2012 CAA Championship.

UNCW In Exhibition Play

  • UNCW holds a 13-12 overall mark in exhibition contests dating back to the 1991-92 season.
  • The Seahawks have won six straight exhibition matchups, including a pair of victories in preseason tilts against Johnson C. Smith (63-51) and UNC Pembroke (55-26) a season ago at Trask Coliseum.
  • Senior Karneshia Garrett averaged 17.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in UNCW's two preseason exhibitions last season. Garrett recorded a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds versus Johnson C. Smith and followed that up with 15 points and nine rebounds in the victory against UNCP.
  • Saturday's matchup represents the third straight season and the fourth time overall that UNCW and UNCP have met in the preseason. The Seahawks have won all four matchups by an average of 24.8 points.

Scouting UNC Pembroke

  • A member of the Peach Belt Conference, UNC Pembroke welcomes back three starters and 11 letterwinners from its 2011-12 squad that finished 16-12 overall and posted a 12-6 record in conference action.
  • The Braves were picked fifth in the PBC Preseason Poll, behind Clayton State and USC Aiken, Columbus State and Lander.
  • Sophomore Jasmine Kemp earned a spot on the 2012 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Women's Basketball Team in 2012 after averaging 8.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest. Kemp led the team with a 76.9 shooting percentage from the foul line.
  • Senior Courtney Bolton also returns for the Lady Braves following a junior campaign that saw her lead the team in scoring (12.0) while also averaging 5.5 rebounds per contest. Bolton was selected to the PBC All-Conference Team for her efforts.
  • 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.

UP Next
UNCW opens the 2012 regular season Nov. 9 with a 7 p.m. contest at No. 22 West Virginia.

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