WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team returns to action
Thursday as it faces Old Dominion in a 7 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association
contest at Trask Coliseum.
Playing their fifth home
game in six outings, the Seahawks (2-12; 1-2 CAA) will look to return to the
win column after suffering a 64-51 setback to visiting Drexel on Sunday.
Senior Karneshia Garrett
tallied 11 points to lead a UNCW attack that shot 44.2 percent from the floor
and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free-throw line, but the Dragons committed
just five turnovers and took advantage of a 26-point performance from Preseason
All-CAA selection Hollie Mershon to remain undefeated in league play.
UNCW has struggled to rebound the basketball
this season as it ranks 10th in the CAA in rebounding margin (-4.9). The
Seahawks have been out-rebounded by their opponent in all but three of its 14
games this season, but did post a positive rebounding margin (33-to-25) in its
victory at William & mary on Jan. 8.
The Seahawks have made it hard for the
opposition to make shots from the field this season as opponents are making
just 38.4 percent (331-of-863) of their tries from the field this season,
representing the fourth-best field goal percentage defense in program history.
Of UNCW's 14 opponents this season, only five (Liberty, NKU, North Carolina
A&T, William & Mary and Drexel) have shot better than 40 percent from the
field against the Seahawks.
UNCW has shot better from
the floor in its last two games as it made 42 of 90 attempts from the floor in
its contests against William & Mary and Drexel last week, highlighted by a
season-best 48.9 percent (23-of-47) effort in its victory against the Tribe on
Jan. 8. The Seahawks have struggled to shoot the ball this season as they have
made just 35.9 percent (273-for-761) of its field goal attempts in 2012-13,
ranking 10th in the CAA in that category.
Senior forward Karneshia Garrett has been a force to be reckoned with on the glass this season as she
enters Sunday's contest 20th in the nation in rebounds per game (10.9). She has
grabbed double-digit rebounds in seven of 13 games played this season,
highlighted by a pair of 18-rebound performances at Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and
against North Carolina Central (Nov. 28). Garrett has led the team in rebounds
on nine occasions this season.
Junior guard Jessica Freeman leads the team
in scoring (10.6) and steals (2.3) and ranks second in assists (2.4). Freeman
has served as an iron-woman of sorts for the Seahawks this season, having
played all 40 minutes in six games, including each of the last five contests,
to rank second in the league in minutes played per game (35.9).
Sophomore transfer Kelva Atkins leads the
Seahawks in assists (2.7) and is second in scoring (10.6). Atkins, who ranks
11th in the CAA in field goal percentage (.453), has scored in double figures
in six of the last 11 games, including a season-high 20 points in UNCW's
matchup with Charlotte on Dec. 5.
UNCW moved to 2-12 overall and 1-2 in league play with a
64-51 setback to visiting Drexel on Sunday.
Drexel senior Hollie
Mershon poured in a season-high 26 points to lead all scorers as the Dragons were
24-of-58 (.414) from the floor, including 9-of-23 (.391) from three-point
range. The 5-10 shooter matched her season high and scored the most points by
an opponent this season against the Seahawks, connecting on 10-of-14 from the
floor, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
Senior forward Karneshia
Garrett was the lone player in double digits for UNCW with 11 points, while
senior forward Chelsea McGowen added five points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
The contest featured a
total of just one tie and three lead changes as Drexel took the lead for good
at the 17:05 mark of the first half. The Seahawks would pull within one
possession on five occasions in the first half, but got no closer than four
points over the final 20 minutes.
The Seahawks shot above 40
percent from the floor for the second straight contest and fourth time this
season as they were 19-of-43 (.442) from the field. UNCW's post players combined to make 10-of-13
field goal attempts against the Dragons, but the Seahawk guards were a combined
10-of-30 from the field.
The Seahawks were just
3-of-15 from three-point range as they shot below 30 percent from beyond the
arc for the 12th time this season.
UNCW also established a
new season-high at the charity stripe, shooting 10-of-13 (.769) from the
The Seahawks finished with
a season-low three steals as the Dragons committed just five turnovers in the
contest. UNCW ended the game with 13 turnovers, which Drexel turned into 20
Drexel held a slim 32-30
margin on the glass, but grabbed 15 offensive rebounds that they turned into 18
Scouting Old Dominion
Old Dominion (11-4; 2-1
CAA) begins a stretch of three of four away from home Thursday after suffering
a 63-46 setback at home to preseason favorite Delaware last Sunday.
The Lady Monarchs have
done a good job of out-scoring their opposition this season, ranking second in
the league in scoring margin (+10.8). ODU has struggled on the glass, however, sitting
in last place on the circuit in rebounding margin (-6.7).
Senior guard Jackie Cook paces
the Lady Monarch attack, ranking eighth in the CAA in points per game (14.5).
Cooke stands among the league leaders in field goal (.474/8th), 3-point field
goal (.339/13th) and free-throw percentage (.729/7th).
Sophomore Shae Kelly is
second on the team in scoring (12.2) and leads the team in both rebounding
(7.5) and steals (2.5). Kelly is in her first season with the program after transfering
from Northwest Florida State College, where she averaged 13.7 points and 7.6
rebounds on her way to earning Junior College All-American status in 2011-12.
Rookie-of-the-Year Ashley Betz-White leads the team in assists (2.7) and ranks sixth
in the league in steals (2.3). Betz-White is also fifth in the team in scoring
Karen Barefoot is in her
second season as Head Coach of the Lady Monarchs. The former ODU assistant compiled
an 11-21 mark in her first season back in the Tidewater region.
Series Notes Versus
Thursday's contest marks
the 45th meeting between UNCW and Old Dominion.
The Lady Monarchs have
dominated the series since its inception, winning all but one of the previous
44 meetings between the two schools since joining the CAA in 1991-92.
The Seahawks picked up
their first victory in the series last season, posting a 76-54 win at the Ted
Constant Center on Jan. 22 before the Lady Monarchs evened the season series
with a 59-57 victory at Trask Coliseum on Feb. 12.
UNCW is winless against
Old Dominion in 19 previous matchups versus the Lady Monarchs in Wilmington.
The Seahawks have come close in recent contests, falling to ODU by margins of
nine, three and two points in their last three tilts at Trask Coliseum.
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.
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 21-62 (.253) since 2007-08 when trailing at intermission.
UNCW picked up its first win under such circumstances this season with its
victory at William & Mary, overcoming a 23-22 halftime deficit to pick up
has benefitted from building big leads in recent years as it is a combined 69-5
(.932) since the start of the 2007-08 season when it holds a lead of 10 points
or more during a contest.
The Seahawks are 2-0 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.
have struggled to overcome big deficits in that same timeframe, posting an
12-69 (.148) mark during games in which they have trailed by 10 points or more.
Nine of those 12 victories, however, have come since the start of the 2010-11
season, including their 61-52 victory at William & Mary on Jan. 8 that saw
the Seahawks erase a 14-point deficit in the second half on their way to
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.
Harris, McGowen Reunited
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
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 a tie for 8th place
on the all-time list with 84 three-pointers made while Lee is 13th with 68
treys made 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 tied with Amber Blank for eighth place (84) on the program's
Both players have been consistent from beyond
the arc during their careers, with Lee seventh (.340) and Freeman ninth (.337)
on the squad's chart for career three-point field goal percentage. Freeman led
the league in three-point field goal percentage last season (.414), while Lee
ranks ninth in the league this season in that category (383).
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.
Seahawks Announce Signing Class
head women's basketball coach Adell Harris announced the signing of D'Asia Cain
(Smynra, Ga./Campbell), Ryan Flowers (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) and Johanna
McMillan (Mullica Hill, N.J./Sanford) to National Letters-of-Intent during the
early signing period.
D'Asia Cain averaged 7.0 points, 6.0
rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game during her junior season in helping lead
Campbell to a regional championship and State Final Four appearance. She was
Named MVP of the Campbell Holiday Classic last season.
Ryan Flowers Led Millbrook to the 2011-12
Class 4A state championship, earning Most Outstanding Player accolades during
the championship game. She averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game
during junior season and is a Two-time All-Capital 8 selection. Flowers led the
Wildcats to Class 4A state runner-up finish as a sophomore and was a 2011
Regional All-Tournament Team selection.
Johanna McMillan is ranked as a top 100
prospect for her position by ESPN.com. She was an Honorable Mention All-State
selection following a junior season that saw her average 11.3 points, 3.6
rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. a Two-time All-Conference
selection (First-team 2011-12 and Second-Team 2010-11) she has led Sanford to
back-to-back DIAA State Championships (2010 & 11) and a runner-up finish in
the 2012 championship. She has also helped the Warriors capture three straight
Seahawks will take a week-long break from competition after its contest against
the Lady Monarchs before returning to action Jan. 24 with a 7 p.m. contest at