Seahawks, Dragons To Meet In Quarters
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - The UNCW women's basketball team begins pursuit of its first Colonial Athletic Association title Friday as it faces Drexel in quarterfinal round action of the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship at the Show Place Arena.
The No. 3 seed Seahawks will face the No. 6 seed Dragons at 7:30 p.m. in the fourth quarterfinal contest of the championship after Drexel withheld a second-half rally by Towson to defeat the Tigers, 52-46, in first-round competition Thursday. The winner of Friday's contest will advance to the semifinals, where they will face the winner of the No. 2 Old Dominion and No. 7 Delaware contest Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Live stats and pay-per-view video for the championship are available and can be accessed by clicking on the tournament central link above. Hawkvision subscribers will be able to watch the contest for free by clicking on the Hawkvision link at the top of the page. Fans will also be able to listen to the game for free on the Seahawks Sports Network though the Yahoo! Broadcast service. The Seahawks Sports Network broadcast will be begin approximately 15 minutes before the start of the contest and can be accessed by clicking on the Seahawks Sports Network link above.
UNCW will look to make program history Friday as it carries a 22-7 overall mark into the championship, needing just one more victory to establish a new mark for wins in a season. First-Team All-CAA selection Brittany Blackwell paces the CAA Coach-of-the-Year Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's squad in scoring (16.1), rebounding (8.7), steals (3.1) and field goal percentage (.565) while CAA Rookie-of-the-Year Alisha Andrews serves as the team's top playmaker with a 5.0 assists per game average. Senior Martha White, a Second-Team All-CAA pick, is second on the team in both scoring (13.0) and rebounding (7.3) and paces the league in blocked shots (1.9).
Drexel will look to continue its strong play of late as it brings a 19-11 overall record and a four-game winning streak into Friday's contest after its six-point victory over the Tigers in the opening round Thursday. Second-Team All-CAA selection junior Kamile Nacickaite guides the Dragons in scoring (17.9) , rebounds (6.5) and steals (1.2) as she ranks among the top five in the nation in three-point field goal percentage. Third-Team All-CAA pick senior Jasmina Rosseel is second on the team in scoring (11.8) and serves as the team's top playmaker with a 2.7 assists per game average.
The two programs are meeting for the first time in postseason play as Drexel holds a 9-7 edge in the all-time series. UNCW has won each of the past two meetings, including their lone regular-season matchup at Trask Coliseum on Jan. 2 that saw the Seahawks shoot a season-high 64.4 percent from the field and have four players score in double figures in the contest, led by a career-high 16 points from sophomore guard Jessica Freeman.