WBB Preview: Georgia State
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina -The UNCW women's basketball team takes to the floor for the final time in the regular season on Wednesday as it faces Georgia State in a 7 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association contest at Trask Coliseum.
Wednesday's contest will serve as senior day, with student-athlete Theresa Jackson-Henderson and team manager Davis Holt being recognized for their contributions to the program prior to the start of the game.
The Seahawks and Panthers could be playing the first of back-to-back contests as a win by UNCW would guarantee a meeting between the two teams in the opening round of the 2012 CAA Women's Basketball Championship a week from Thursday. UNCW would hold the No. 5 seed while Georgia State would rest in the No. 12 slot. A Panthers victory could still produce a first-round meeting between the two schools as a VCU victory at Drexel would slot the Seahawks as the No. 6 seed and force a matchup with the No. 11 seed Panthers.
The Seahawks (17-11; 10-7 CAA) are back home after suffering a 66-55 setback at Hofstra on Sunday that eliminated the team from contention for a first-round bye in the CAA Women's Basketball Championship.
Sophomore Abria Trice tallied 13 points and junior Tawanna Lee added 11 for UNCW, who shot 34.3 percent (23-of-67) from the floor, including a season-low 1-of-14 (.071) from three-point range.
The Panthers (8-20; 2-15 CAA) will attempt to end the regular season with back-to-back victories after knocking off William and Mary, 74-62, on Sunday at home.
Sophomore Kendra Long remains the team's leading scorer, averaging 11.0 points per contest, and has also tallied a team-best 46 steals to highlight a Panthers defense that ranks first in the league and 33rd in the nation in steals per game (10.6). Lone senior Chan Harris is second in scoring (10.4) and paces the team in rebounding (8.3) while junior Jerlisa Taylor serves as the team's top playmaker, dishing out a team-high 3.2 assists per game.
Wednesday's contest marks the 15th meeting between Georgia State and UNCW. All but one of the previous 14 meetings have taken place since the Panthers joined the CAA prior to the start of the 2005-06 season. The series is tied at 7-all as the Seahawks have won each of the last two meetings, including a 72-69 buzzer beater in the team's first meeting this season on Feb. 9 in Atlanta.