WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team begins Colonial Athletic
Association play Sunday as it squares off against James Madison in a 2 p.m.
matinee at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks (1-10) are
back in action after closing out non-conference play Thursday with a 56-47 loss
to visiting North Carolina A&T. Junior Jessica Freeman tallied 14 points
and senior Karneshia Garrett recorded her fourth double-double of the season
with 11 points and 14 rebounds, but UNCW was unable to overcome a 34.0 percent
(16-of-47) effort from the floor and 21 turnovers in the nine-point loss to the
Thursday's contest marks
the 59th meeting between UNCW and James Madison in a series that dates back to
the 1984-85 season and early days of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes hold a 49-9 advantage in the
all-time series and have won three straight, including a 62-53 victory in their
only meeting last February in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Seahawks begin their 28th season of
competition in the Colonial Athletic Association on Sunday and hold a 7-20 mark
in their previous 27 league openers. Four of
those 20 setbacks to open league play have come against James Madison, who the
Seahawks will begin conference play against for the fifth time in school
history (1987-88, 1991-92, 1995-96 and 2007-08).
The Seahawks have made it hard for the
opposition to make shots from the field this season as opponents are making
just 38.8 percent (266-of-686) of their tries from the field this season,
representing the sixth-best field goal percentage defense in program history.
Of UNCW's 11 opponents this season, only three (Liberty, Northern Kentucky and
North Carolina A&T) have shot better than 40 percent from the field against
Senior forward Karneshia Garrett has been a force to be reckoned with on the glass during the early part
of the season as she enters Sunday's contest ranked 6th in the nation in
rebounds per game (12.3). Garrett has grabbed double-digit rebounds in seven of
10 games played this season, highlighted by a pair of 18-rebound performances
at Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and against North Carolina Central (Nov. 28). She returned to the lineup against North
Carolina A&T after missing the Richmond game due to injury and posted her
fourth double-double of the season with 14 rebounds and 11 points.
Junior guard Jessica Freeman leads the team
in scoring (10.8), assists (2.6) and steals (2.0). Freeman has reached double
figures in points in six of the last eight contests, including a 14-point
effort in the Seahawks loss to North Carolina A&T on Thursday.
Sophomore transfer Kelva Atkins is second on
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
UNCW closed out non-conference play with a 56-47 setback to
North Carolina A&T on Thursday.
North Carolina A&T
scored the final nine points of the game to hold off a resilent UNCW lineup
that had pulled within one, 48-47, with 2:55 remaining.
The Aggies shot 40.7
percent from the floor, becoming just the third opponent this season (Liberty,
Northern Kentucky), to shoot better than 40 percent from the field against the
Seahawks this season.
UNCW out-rebounded an
opponent for just the third time this season as it held a 41-29 advantage on
the glass against North Carolina A&T. The 12-rebound differental was the
largest for the Seahawks this season.
The Seahawks shot below 40
percent from the floor for the sixth straight contest as it was just 16-of-47
(.340) from the field versus the Aggies.
UNCW finished with more
than 20 turnovers for the first time in eight games and just the third time
this season as they ended the contest with 21 miscues.
The two teams were a
combined 8-of-33 (.242) from three-point range as UNCW was 5-of-17 (.294) while
North Carolina A&T was 3-of-16 (.188).
The game was part of the
"Seahawks Tomorrow" program, which brings area elementary school kids to the
game. The attendance was 4,788, the second-largest crowd to watch a women's
game in school history.
Senior Karneshia Garrett
posted her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 14
rebounds. She grabbed double-figure rebounds for the seventh time in 10 games
played this season.
Junior Jessica Freeman
scored 14 points to lead the Seahawks in scoring. She has scored in double
figures in each of the last three games.
Senior Chelsea McGowen
pulled down double figure rebounds for the second straight contest as she
finished with 11 boards.
James Madison (6-6) begins
conference play on a three-game winning streak after completing a three-game
homestand with victories over American (65-49), Maine (88-34) and Georgia
Southern (93-44). The Dukes made short work of the opposition during the homestand,
winning the three games by an average of 39.7 points.
Senior guard Tarik Hislop
leads the JMU attack with a 16.8 scoring average. She is also averaging a team-leading 3.1
assists per game and is second on the squad with 16 steals.
Junior guard Kirby
Burkholder comes into Sunday's contest looking to build off a career night
against Georgia Southern that saw her pour in a career-high 27 points versus
the Eagles. She is second on the team in scoring (14.9), and leads in steals
(2.1) and rebounds (7.6). Burkholder also leads the team in free-throw
percentage (.886) as she ranks 21st nationally in that category.
Head Coach Kenny Brooks is
in his 11th season with the Dukes program. He has led his Alma Mater to 233-101
record in that span with seven postseason appearances, including a runner up
finish in the 2012 Postseason WNIT.
Series Notes Versus
Thursday's contest marks the 59th
meeting between UNCW and James Madison in a series that dates back to the
1984-85 season and early days of the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Dukes hold a 49-9
advantage in the all-time series and have won three straight, including a 62-53
victory in their only meeting last February in Harrisonburg, Va.
UNC Wilmington's 58 previous contests against James
Madison represents the second most matchups against an
opponent in program history.
In fact, the Dukes are just one of four schools (George Mason (61), William
& Mary (58) and East Carolina (54)) that the Seahawks have played on more
than 50 occasions during their 40-year history.
UNCW has compiled a 5-21
mark in 26 previous matchups with James Madison at Trask Coliseum. The Seahawks
were victorious in their most recent matchup against the Dukes in the Port
City, recording a 70-67 victory at Trask on Feb. 14, 2010.
Seahawks are 53-0 since the start of the 2002-03 campaign when limiting the
opposition to 50 points or less.
UNCW 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.
The 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.
The 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.
UNCW's 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
UNCW 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.
On the flip side, the Seahawks are just 20-60
(.250) 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Harris 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.
Harris 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
Harris coached current UNCW senior Chelsea
McGowen at Tusculum during the 2009-10 season.
Together 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 Eight.
McGowen 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.
Freeman currently sits in 10th place on the
all-time list with 82 three-pointers made while Lee is 15th with 62 triples
converted in her career.
Freeman 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 one more three-pointer made to catch former teammate
Treasure Johnson for ninth place (83).
Both players have been consistent from beyond
the arc during their careers, with Freeman seventh (.340) and Lee 10th (.335)
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
The 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 State.
Delaware 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.
Garrett 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 double-doubles.
The Seahawks take to the road for the first time in league
play on Tuesday as they travel to William & Mary for a 7 p.m. tilt against