Women's Basketball Preview: Towson
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Following a two-game road swing, the UNCW women's basketball team returns home Thursday to host Towson in 7 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association contest.
Thursday's tilt marks the second of two meetings between UNCW and Towson. The Seahawks won the first meeting, 76-61, at the Towson Center on Jan. 29.
UNCW (16-10; 9-6 CAA) returns to the Port City after a 78-71 victory at William and Mary on Sunday that gave UNCW a season sweep of the Tribe.
Junior Jessica Freeman scored a career-high 20 points to lead five Seahawks in double figures as UNCW shot 46.7 percent for the contest and matched the program record for made three pointers with 11 as it shot 44.0 percent from beyond the arc.
Junior Tawanna Lee chipped in 14 points, junior Karneshia Garrett added 13 and sophomore Abria Trice finished with 12. Sophomore Alisha Andrews rounded out the quartet of double-figure scorers as she notched 11 points and dished out a game-high 10 assists for her second double-double of the season.
Winners of four of its last five contests, Towson (16-10; 7-8 CAA) makes its way to the Port City looking to get back into the win column after suffering a 69-66 loss at Hofstra on Sunday.
Senior Krystal Parnell (11.9) and sophomore Tanisha McTiller (11.3) are the lone double-figure scorers for a Tigers lineup that ranks last in the CAA in scoring offense (58.3). Sophomore Nyree Williams (7.5) and senior Deree Fooks (7.0) highlight Towson's rebounding efforts while Parnell ranks eighth in the league in assists per game (3.8).
Thursday's contest marks the 20th meeting between UNCW and Towson as all 19 previous matchups have come since the Tigers joined the CAA prior to the start of the 2001-02 season. The Seahawks have won five straight to build a 12-7 edge in the series, including a 76-61 victory in their first meeting this season, a Jan. 29 matchup at the Towson Center.
With three game remaining on the regular season schedule, the Seahawks are in the hunt for a first-round bye in the upcoming CAA Women’s Basketball Championship as they enter Thursday’s contest in a tie for fourth place with Drexel. UNCW will have an opportunity to further their chances of earning a first-round bye when they face Hofstra Sunday in a 2 p.m. matinee in Hempstead, N.Y.