Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team makes its lone appearance in
the Peach State on Thursday as it takes on Georgia State in a 7 p.m. Colonial
Athletic Association contest at the GSU Sports Arena.
Thursday's contest marks the first of two meetings between
UNCW and Georgia State this season. The Seahawks and Panthers will square off
again in Trask Coliseum on Feb. 29 in a game that will serve as the regular-season
finale for both sides.
Currently tied with Drexel for fourth place in the CAA
standings, the Seahawks (14-8; 7-4 CAA) begin a stretch of three of the next
four games away from home with Thursday matchup against the Panthers after
posting an 80-77 victory over William and Mary on Sunday that gave the squad
its sixth win in the last seven outings.
Junior guard Tawanna Lee scored a career-high 21 points and
matched her personal best with six assists to guide a UNCW lineup that shot
44.6 percent from the floor and dished out 18 assists against the Tribe.
Sophomore guard Abria Trice and junior forward Ayoola Weaver
both recorded double-doubles for UNCW. Trice posted 15 points and 10 rebounds,
while Weaver compiled 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Junior forward
Chelsea McGowen added a career-high 12 markers to round out the quartet of
"I was not pleased with our effort against William and Mary
on Sunday," said UNCW Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. "In the CAA, you must
approach every game with the same level of intensity and I felt that we did not
do so against the Tribe. That is something we have to address going forward if
we are going to be successful over the final month of the regular season and in
Featuring a five-member
freshmen class has seen extensive playing time this season, Georgia State
(7-15, 1-10 CAA) eyes its second consecutive home victory after knocking off
visiting Northeastern, 81-74, on Feb. 2.
The Panthers missed an opportunity to sweep both of its games last week,
suffering an overtime setback at Towson, 63-59, on Sunday.
guard Kendra Long stands as the leading scorer (11.4) for second-year Head
Coach Sharon Baldwin-Tener's squad. Lone senior Chan Harris is second on the
team in scoring (10.3) while pacing the team in both rebounding (8.1) and
blocked shots (1.6). Junior Jerlisa Taylor serves as the team's top assist
distributor, having dished out 64 assists in 22 games.
State is a young team that has faced its share of growing pains this season,"
said UNCW Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. "Coach Baldwin-Tener has her squad
playing well as we head into the final month of the season, so they will not be
an easy out for any team, especially at home. The Panthers are a team that will
look to dictate tempo, so we must be ready to complete and not allow them to
keep us from playing our game."
Thursday's contest marks the 14th meeting between Georgia
State and UNCW. All but one of the previous 13 meetings has taken place since
the Panthers joined the CAA prior to the start of the 2005-06 season. The
Panthers hold a 7-6 edge in the series, but UNCW posted a 74-49 victory in
their last meeting on Feb. 17, 2011 at Trask Coliseum to halt the Panthers
four-game winning streak in the series.
The Seahawks return home after their visit to Atlanta to
welcome Old Dominion to Trask Coliseum Sunday for a 2 p.m. matinee. The contest
will serve as the team's Play 4Kay/Molly Maid Pink Game, with the team debuting
its brand-new pink uniforms and other apparel in support of breast cancer