Seahawks Face Dukes In Finale
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNC Wilmington women's basketball team closes out the regular season Wednesday with a 7 p.m. contest at league-leading James Madison.
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Currently tied with Old Dominion for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings, the Seahawks enter their final regular season contest with a chance to secure a share of the CAA title with a victory over the Dukes Wednesday. UNCW can also secure the top seed for the upcoming 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship with a win on Wednesday, but would also need help in the form of a loss by Old Dominion at Drexel in order to receive the top seed.
UNCW (22-6; 14-3 CAA) matched its program mark for wins in a season Sunday with a 74-56 home victory over George Mason. Senior Brittany Blackwell poured in 22 points, pulled down nine rebounds and grabbed five steals in her final home appearance to power a UNCW attack that shot 53.8 percent for the contest as it posted its 16th double-digit victory of the season.
Junior Kristen Hanzer joined Blackwell in double figures as she chipped in 15 points while senior Treasure Johnson pitched in 14 and freshman Alisha Andrews finished with 11 points, seven assists, a career-high six rebounds and five steals in an all-around effort that helped her earn CAA Rookie-of-the-Week honors for a fifth time this season on Monday.
James Madison (22-7; 15-2 CAA) brings a slim one-game lead in the league standings into its regular-season finale following a 75-73 loss at Hofstra on Sunday. Senior Dawn Evans, a member the Wade Trophy watch list, serves as the catalyst for the Dukes attack as she ranks third in the nation in scoring (23.8) and fourth in the league in assists (4.2). Evans enters Wednesday's contest needing just 12 points to surpass former Drexel standout Gabriela Marginean for first place on the league's all-time scoring list with 2,582 career points.
Senior Lauren Jimenez highlights the Dukes' league-leading 45.6 rebounds per contest effort with a team-best 184 caroms. Jimenez also ranks second on the team in scoring (13.2) while sophomore point guard Tarik Hislop gives the Dukes a third double-figure scoring option (10.2)
Wednesday's contest marks the 57th meeting between UNC Wilmington and James Madison in a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season and early days of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes hold a 47-9 advantage in the all-time series, but the two sides have split their last four meetings.
After Wednesday's contest, UNCW will take an eight-day break before returning to action in the quarterfinal round of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship, scheduled for March 10-13 at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. Seeding for the event will be announced Wednesday evening at the conclusion of the regular season schedule.