|WBB Preview: At Wake Forest|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW women’s basketball team returns to action for the first time in nine days on Monday when it faces state foe and Atlantic Coast Conference member Wake Forest.
Tip off for the Seahawks (1-8) and Demon Deacons (5-4) is set for 7 p.m. from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum. Live stats and streaming video are available for the contest and can be accessed by clicking on the respective links at the top of the page.
The Seahawks enter Monday’s contest against the Demon Deacons looking to halt a losing skid that reached six games with a 64-49 setback at former Colonial Athletic Association rival Richmond on Dec. 7.
Despite going 11-of-12 (.917) from the free-throw line, UNCW struggled to score the basketball against the Spiders, finishing the game with a 17-of-56 (.304) effort from the floor that included a 4-of-22 (.182) performance from 3-point range.
Junior Kelva Atkins was the lone UNCW player to reach double figures against the Spiders as the Stem, N.C., product tallied a season-low 10 points. Three players - Brie Mobley, Johanna McMillan and Amber Reeves - chipped in eight points each.
Like UNCW, Wake Forest is back on the court following a lengthy break that last saw them in action in a 60-49 triumph over visiting Belmont on Dec. 3. Senior Chelsea Douglas and Dearica Hamby have served as a potent 1-2 punch for the Demon Deacons this season as the duo has averaged 21.0 and 20.2 points per game, respectively. Douglas and Hamby have also found additional ways to contribute to the team’s success, with Douglas dishing out a team-high 21 assists and Hamby corralling a team-high 93 rebounds (10.3 rpg), including 32 offensive caroms.
Monday’s contest marks the ninth meeting between state rivals UNCW and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have won all eight previous meetings between the two programs, including a 60-59 victory over the Seahawks last November at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum.
The game also marks a homecoming for UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris, who returns to her alma mater for a second consecutive season. A four-year letterwinner with the Demon Deacons, Harris played in 106 games during her career (1998-2002). She paced Coach Charlene Curtis’ squad with 108 assists and averaged 4.6 points per game during her senior season while serving as team co-captain.
Harris is not the only member of the UNCW coaching staff with ties to Wake Forest. Assistant Coach Jason Eshbaugh spent eight seasons with the Demon Deacons women’s program under former head coach Mike Peterson before joining Harris’ inaugural staff at UNCW in June 2012. Director of Basketball Operations David Kim is also a graduate of the university, having received his Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Finance from Wake Forest in 2003.
UNCW is back in action on Thursday as it plays its first home contest in a nearly a month when it hosts Liberty in an 11:30 a.m. matinee. The contest will serve as part of the team’s “Seahawks Tomorrow” program that invites local elementary school students to the game as part of a full day of activities on the UNCW campus.