|Women's Basketball Preview: Xavier|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team continues its three-game road swing Tuesday with a 7 p.m. contest at Xavier.
►Tuesday's game marks the second meeting between UNCW and Xavier. The Seahawks won the inaugural matchup between the two programs, 59-52, last December at Trask Coliseum.
►UNCW holds a 36-68 (.346) mark against current members of the Atlantic 10 Conference as it faces the second of three A-10 opponents during non-conference play this season. UNCW suffered a 63-58 home setback to Charlotte on Dec. 5 and will face Richmond at Trask on Dec. 30.
►Two of the youngest head coaches in the country will square off on Tuesday. UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris, the 10th youngest head coach in the nation at 32 years old, will match wits against Musketeers' Head Coach Amy Waugh, who is the fifth-youngest head coach in the country at just 31 years of age.
►The UNCW women's basketball program is in its 40th season of competition and has compiled an all-time record of 458-567 (.447). The Seahawks have recorded four 20-wins seasons (1983-84, 2002-03, 2010-11, 2011-12) and made two postseason appearances (WNIT: 2011 & 2012) in that span.
►Senior Karneshia Garrett will look to continue her solid play on the glass during the early part of the season as she enters Tuesday's contest leading the CAA and ranking 15th in the nation in rebounds per game (11.72). Garrett has grabbed double-digit rebounds in four of seven games this season, highlighted by a pair of 18-rebound performances at Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and against North Carolina Central (Nov. 28).
►Sophomore transfer Kelva Atkins leads the Seahawks in both scoring (12.3) and assists (2.5). Atkins, who ranks sixth in the CAA in field goal percentage (.486), has scored in double figures in three of the last four games, including a season-high 20 points in UNCW's setback to Charlotte on Dec. 5.
►The Seahawks are in the midst of a challenging non-conference slate in as seven of their 11 non-league opponents in 2012-13 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.
UNCW moved to 1-6 on the season as it suffered an 84-34 setback at Liberty on Dec. 8.
►The Lady Flames outscored the Seahawks, 46-8, in the second half to cruise to the 50-point victory.
►Liberty shot 48.5 percent (32-of-66) from the field for the game, highlighted by a 11-of-19 (.579) effort from three-point range.
►The Seahawks, meanwhile, were limited to just 22.2 percent (12-of-54) shooting, featuring a 1-for-25 (.040) performance from the floor in the second half.
►Liberty held a commanding 50-29 advantage on the glass as the Seahawks were outrebounded for the fifth time this season. The 21-rebound margin was the largest for a UNCW opponent this season.
►The Lady Flames posted a 19-0 edge in second-chance points as they finished with 17 offensive rebounds. Ten of the Seahawks 29 boards came on the offensive end.
►The 34 points scored by the Seahawks were the fewest for a UNCW squad since scoring 32 in an 83-32 setback at Old Dominion on Feb. 15, 2001.
►The Seahawks .222 field goal percentage was the lowest for a UNCW squad since shooting .189 (10-of-53) in the 83-32 setback to the Lady Monarchs on Feb. 15, 2001.
►The 50 point margin of defeat was the third largest for a UNCW squad since the start of the 2000-01 season and the largest since a 79-39 loss at James Madison on Jan. 6, 2008.
►The Lady Flames posted a 40-10 margin in points in the paint, highlighted by a 24-0 edge in the second half.
►Junior Jessica Freeman reached double figures in points for the third time this season and the 24th time in her career as she led the team in scoring with 13 points.
►Senior Karneshia Garrett led the team in rebounds for the fifth time this season and the 23rd time in her career as she finished with eight boards.
►Freshman Dana Brown pulled down a career-high seven rebounds, eclipsing previous career high of five, set against West Virginia.
►Xavier stands at 4-5 on the season following a 66-65 setback to Wright State on Saturday at the Cintas Center.
►All five of the Musketeers losses this season have come to program's that took part in postseason play in 2011-12, including NCAA Tournament squads Duke, Michigan and Middle Tennessee State.
►Senior forward Amber Gray paced the Musketeers with 18 points against the Raiders. Gray leads the team in scoring (12.0) as she is shooting better than 50 percent from the floor (.516) thus far.
►Junior Shatrya Hawkes is second on the team in scoring (10.6) and ranks seventh in the A-10 in assists, dishing out a team-high 3.7 dimes per contest.
►Sophomore Lakeisha Crouch leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game. She finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds against Wright State.
►Senior Jessica Pachko is second in rebounding, averaging 5.9 caroms per outing. A transfer from Marquette, Pachko has started 94 of 96 games played during her career.
►Head Coach Amy Waugh is in her second season as head coach of the Musketeers. The former XU point guard is the first alumnus to take over the program.
Series Notes Versus Xavier
Tuesday's game marks the second meeting between UNCW and Xavier. The Seahawks won the inaugural matchup between the two programs, 59-52, last December in Trask.
The Eshbaugh/Waugh Connection
UNCW Assistant Coach/Director of Operations Jason Eshbaugh and Xavier Head Coach Amy Waugh spent five seasons (2004-09) together as members of Mike Peterson's staff at Wake Forest.
►Eshbaugh served as the Demon Deacons ' Director of Operations while Waugh was an assistant coach during their time in Winston-Salem before leaving to return to Xavier, her alma mater, as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season.
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.
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.
UNCW is 69-8 (.896) since the start of the 2000-01 campaign when it scores 70 or more points in a contest.
►The Seahawks were 10-1 in 2011-12 and are 23-2 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 68-18 (.791) since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading at halftime.
►UNCW is 1-1 this season when holding a halftime advantage. The Seahawks one loss under such circumstances came in a 63-58 setback to Charlotte on Dec. 5, a game in which they led the 49ers, 25-24, at the break.
►On the flip side, the Seahawks are just 20-56 (.263) since 2007-08 when trailing at intermission. UNCW has lost all five games in which it has been behind at halftime this season.
UNCW has benefitted from building big leads in recent years as it is a combined 68-5 (.931) since the start of the 2007-08 season when it holds a lead of 10 points or more during a contest.
►The Seahawks are 1-0 this season under such circumstances. The last time UNCW lost a game in which it led by 10 points or more came in a 63-54 setback to Eastern Michigan in the second round of the Postseason WNIT on March 21, 2011. In that game, the Seahawks lead by as many as 13 before falling by nine to the Eagles.
►The Seahawks have struggled to overcome big deficits in that same timeframe, posting an 11-64 (.146) mark during games in which they have trailed by 10 points or more. Eight of those 11 victories, however, have come since the start of the 2010-11 season.
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 11th place on the all-time list with 76 three-pointers made while Lee is tied for 15th with 59 triples converted in her career.
►The duo are just three and 20 three-pointers away from matching Katy Walters for 10th place on the school's career three-point field goals made list (79).
►Both players have been consistent from beyond the arc during their careers, with Lee 6th (.347) and Freeman 8th (.341) on the squad's chart for career three-point field goal percentage. Freeman led the league in three-point field goal percentage last season (.414), while Lee was second on the squad (.336) in that category.
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.
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.
The Seahawks wrap up their three-game road trip Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest at Northern Kentucky.