WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team continues a
three-game homestand as it entertains North Carolina A&T in an 11:30
matinee Thursday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks (1-9) will look to snap a six-game losing skid
on Thursday after closing out December with a 53-42 setback to former CAA foe
Richmond Sunday at Trask Coliseum.
Thursday's game will serve as the sixth installment of the popular
"Seahawks Tomorrow" program, which brings local elementary-school students to
the UNCW campus for a day of activities. The Seahawks are 5-0 in their previous
"Seahawk Tomorrow" contests, including a 60-53 victory over Northeastern in
last season's contest on Jan. 5, 2012.
UNCW squares off against an in-state opponent for the fifth time this
season its matchup against North Carolina A&T on Thursday. The Seahawks
have enjoyed moderate success against competition from the Tar Heel State in
recent years, compiling a 16-12 mark against in-state foes since the start of
the 2007-08 season. UNCW is 1-3 against in-state competition this season with a
win against North Carolina Central (59-45) and losses to Charlotte (63-58),
Elon (67-61) and Wake Forest (60-59).
is off to a 1-9 start for the first time since the 1993-94 campaign, when it
started the season with losses in 10 of its first 11 games.
Seahawks are in the midst of a six-game losing skid, its longest stretch
between wins since a nine-game slide during the 2006-07 season (Feb. 4 - March
UNCW women's basketball program is in its 40th season of competition and has
compiled an all-time record of 458-570 (.446). The Seahawks have recorded four
20-wins seasons (1983-84, 2002-03, 2010-11, 2011-12) and made two postseason
appearances (WNIT: 2011 & 2012) in that span.
Senior Karneshia Garrett has been a force to be reckoned
with on the glass during the early part of the season as she enters Thursday's
contest ranked 7th in the nation in rebounds per game (12.1). Garrett has
grabbed double-digit rebounds in six of nine games played this season,
highlighted by a pair of 18-rebound performances at Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and
against North Carolina Central (Nov. 28).
transfer Kelva Atkins leads the Seahawks in scoring (10.9). Atkins, who ranks
11th in the CAA in field goal percentage (.452), has scored in double figures
in five of the last seven games, including a season-high 20 points in UNCW's
matchup with Charlotte on Dec. 5.
Seahawks will wrap up a challenging non-conference slate today as seven of
their 11 non-league opponents in 2012-13 qualified for postseason competition
last season, including NCAA Tournament participants Liberty, Northern Kentucky
and West Virginia. In addition, nine of those teams won 15 or more contests,
with six of those squads - Liberty, Northern Kentucky, Richmond, Tulane, Wake
Forest and West Virginia - all reaching the 20-win milestone.
opened a three-game homestand Sunday with a 53-42 loss to former Colonial
Athletic Association foe Richmond at Trask Coliseum.
Richmond shook off a slow start and overcame a season-low
32.2 percent shooting to record the 11-point victory. In a rematch of a 2011
Postseason WNIT first-round contest, Richmond shot 26.5 percent in the first 20
minutes and forged out to a 23-16 lead before extending the margin to as many
as 14 points after the break.
UNCW dressed just nine players - played only six - and its
third leading scorer and top rebounder, Karneshia Garrett, was sidelined with
an ankle injury. Three players - junior Jessica Freeman, sophomore Kelva Atkins
and freshman Dana Brown - played all 40 minutes for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks shot below 40 percent from the field for the
fifth straight contest as they ended the game just 17-of-55 (.309) from the
The two team combined to shoot just 10-of-37 from
three-point range as Richmond was 7-of-25 (.280) from beyond the arc while UNCW
was just 3-of-12 (.333) from downtown.
The Seahawks were a season-low 5-of-13 (.385) at the
Freeman led the Seahawks with 12 points as she reached
double figures in points for the fifth time in seven games.
Sophomore Kelva Atkins joined freeman in double figures as
she finished with 11 points, reaching double figures for the fifth time in
Senior Chelsea McGowen pulled down double-figure rebounds
for the second time this season and the fourth time in her career as she
grabbed a team-high 11 boards.
Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina A&T (7-5) makes its way to the Port
City winners of four of its last six contests following a 75-65 victory over
visiting Elon on New Year's Eve.
JaQuayla Berry has served as the focal point of the Aggies
lineup, pacing the squad in scoring (12.3), rebounding (6.6) and steals (2.2)
in the early going.
Amber Calvin ranks second on the team in scoring,
averaging 10.7 points per game to give the Aggies a second double-figure
scoring threat. Calvin has been the squad's top marksman from three-point
range, knocking down more than 50 percent (22-of-42) of her attempts from
beyond the arc.
Adriana Nazario serves as the squad's top playmaker,
dishing out 35 assists through the first 12 games of the season.
Tarrell Robinson is in his first season as head coach of
the Aggies. A graduate of North Carolina A&T, Robinson returned to his Alma
Mater after three seasons as an assistant coach under Beth Cunningham at VCU.
Series History Versus
North Carolina A&T
Thursday's game marks the
24th meeting between state rivals UNCW and North Carolina A&T, but just the
second matchup since the 1995-96 season.
The Seahawks expanded their
lead in the all-time series to 14-9 last season with a 90-63 victory in Greensboro
on Jan. 2.
UNCW Versus North Carolina
A&T At Home
UNCW holds a 7-3 mark at
Trask Coliseum against North Carolina A&T.
The Seahawks bring a
seven-game home winning streak into Thursday's matchup with the Aggies.
UNCW's last home loss to
the Greensboro based school come in a 77-45 setback on Jan. 17, 1980.
UNCW Against The MEAC
holds a combined 34-17 mark against members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic
UNCW holds winning records
against seven of the 13 members in the conference, while it has losing records
to just two league schools (Morgan State and Maryland-Eastern Shore) by
identical 0-1 margins.
The Seahawks last loss against a MEAC
institution came in a 66-52 loss at Hampton on Nov. 22, 2009.
UNCW is 1-0 this season against MEAC
competition, defeating North Carolina Central, 59-45, at Trask Coliseum on Nov.
Seahawks are 53-0 since the start of the 2002-03 campaign when limiting the
opposition to 50 points or less.
held its first opponent to 50 points or less during the Adell Harris era with a
59-45 victory over North Carolina Central on Nov. 28. The win also marked the
first time the Seahawks had limited its opposition to fewer than 50 points
since a 76-47 victory at Towson on Feb. 24, 2011.
last time the Seahawks lost a game in which they held their opponent to less
than 50 points was a 49-44 setback at rival Campbell on Nov. 17, 2001.
is 69-8 (.896) since the start of the 2000-01 campaign when it scores 70 or
more points in a contest.
Seahawks were 10-1 in 2011-12 and are 23-2 since the start of the 2010-11
season when reaching the 70-point plateau.
last loss when scoring 70 or more points came in a 79-73 setback to Appalachian
State in the first round of the Postseason WNIT last March.
Getting Off To a
Good Start important for UNCW
Seahawks are 68-18 (.791) since the start of the 2007-08 season when leading at
is 1-1 this season when holding a halftime advantage. The Seahawks one loss
under such circumstances came in a 63-58 setback to Charlotte on Dec. 5, a game
in which they led the 49ers, 25-24, at the break.
the flip side, the Seahawks are just 20-59 (.253) since 2007-08 when trailing
at intermission. UNCW has lost all seven games in which it has been behind at
halftime this season.
has benefitted from building big leads in recent years as it is a combined 68-5
(.931) since the start of the 2007-08 season when it holds a lead of 10 points
or more during a contest.
Seahawks are 1-0 this season under such circumstances. The last time UNCW lost
a game in which it led by 10 points or more came in a 63-54 setback to Eastern
Michigan in the second round of the Postseason WNIT on March 21, 2011. In that
game, the Seahawks lead by as many as 13 before falling by nine to the Eagles.
Seahawks have struggled to overcome big deficits in that same timeframe,
posting an 11-67 (.141) mark during games in which they have trailed by 10
points or more. Eight of those 11 victories, however, have come since the start
of the 2010-11 season.
to research conducted by the athletic communications department at St. John's
University, UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris is one of the youngest Division I head
coaches in the country.
is the 10th youngest head coach in the nation based on birth date, having
celebrated her 32nd birthday on May 1, just two days before accepting the head
coaching position at UNCW.
is the youngest coach in the CAA, but not the youngest in the state of North
Carolina. That honor goes to High Point Head Coach DeUnna Hendrix. The
28-year-old is in her first season as head coach of the Panthers.
UNCW Head Coach Adell Harris took over the Seahawks program last May, she was
already familiar with one player on her new roster from her time at Tusculum
coached current UNCW senior Chelsea McGowen at Tusculum during the 2009-10
the duo combined to lead the Pioneers to a 23-10 overall record, the South
Atlantic Conference Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Elite
averaged 2.1 points and 1.7 rebounds during her freshman season before
transferring to Brunswick Community College for the 2011-12 campaign.
Freeman, Lee Making
Their Way Up school's Three-Point Chart
Tawanna Lee and redshirt junior Jessica Freeman are both making their way up
the school's career three-point field goals made chart.
currently sits in 10th place on the all-time list with 80 three-pointers made
while Lee is 15th with 62 triples converted in her career.
surpassed Katy Walters for 10th place on the school's career three-point field
goals made list (79) with her three made trifectas in UNCW's game at Northern
Kentucky on Dec. 20. Freeman enters today's game needing just three more
three-pointers made to catch former teammate Treasure Johnson for ninth place
players have been consistent from beyond the arc during their careers, with Lee
sixth (.343) and Freeman seventh (.340) on the squad's chart for career
three-point field goal percentage (.341). Freeman led the league in three-point
field goal percentage last season (.414), while Lee was second on the squad
(.336) in that category.
was picked to finish seventh overall during the upcoming 2012-13 season and
senior forward Karneshia Garrett was a Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA
Seahawks and George Mason were selected to finish seventh in a vote of the
league's 11 head coaches, ahead of Towson, William & Mary and Georgia
was picked to repeat as regular-season champion while James Madison was tabbed
to finish second. Hofstra was picked third, followed by Drexel, Old Dominion,
Northeastern, UNCW and George Mason (tie), Towson and William & Mary (tie)
and Georgia State.
earned Honorable Mention Preseason All-CAA accolades after appearing in 32
games and making 21 starts during her first season with the program in 2011-12.
She averaged 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while pacing the team with six
The Seahawks open Colonial Athletic Association play Sunday
with a 2 p.m. contest versus James Madison.