Seahawks, Blue Hens To Meet In Semis
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - The UNCW women's basketball team continues its quest for the program's first Colonial Athletic Association title Saturday as it faces Delaware in the second semifinal of the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Basketball Championship.
Tip-off for the contest between the No. 3 seed Seahawks and the No. 6 Blue Hens is set for 2:30 p.m. at Show Place Arena, with the winner advancing to Sunday's championship game against the winner of the first semifinal between top-seed James Madison and No. 4 seed VCU.
Saturday's contest will be shown regionally on the Comcast Sports Network and can be seen in the Wilmington area on WWAY's secondary station, Retro television (Time Warner Cable channel 106).
Live stats for the championship are available and can be accessed by clicking on the tournament central link above. 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 (23-7) advanced to the semifinals for the first time since the 2002 championship with a 63-51 victory over Drexel in quarterfinal round action Friday. CAA Rookie-of-the-Year Alisha Andrews paced four Seahawks in double figures with a career-high matching 21 points while junior Kristen Hanzer chipped in 13 points, sophomore Jessica Freeman pitched 12 and senior Martha White added 10. Senior Brittany Blackwell pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds as UNCW held a 36-26 advantage on the glass.
Delaware (19-12) finds itself in the semifinals after pulling the biggest upset of the tournament, knocking off No. 2 seed and perennial league power Old Dominion, 72-55, on Friday. Sophomore Elena Delle Donne powered the Blue Hens attack with her 18th career double-double, scoring 31 points and adding 10 boards. Junior guard Vanessa Kabongo joined Delle Donne in double figures, scoring 11 points while Danielle Parker kicked in nine points and Sarah Acker posted five points with six rebounds.
Saturday's contest marks the 20th meeting between Delaware and UNC Wilmington. The Blue Hens hold a 12-7 advantage in the all-time series, but the Seahawks have enjoyed modest success of late, having won four of the last five matchups between the two programs, including this season's lone meeting, a 66-48 triumph at Trask Coliseum on Jan. 20 at saw the Seahawks shoot 52.1 percent in the 18-point victory.