College of Charleston (7-6, 3-1 SoCon) vs. Samford (6-7, 3-1 SoCon)
January 12, 2013, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Pete Hanna Center, Birmingham, Ala.
CHARLESTON, SC - The College of Charleston women’s basketball team will play their first SoCon road games this weekend since opening SoCon play on the road Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 with wins at Elon and UNCG.
OPENING THOUGHTS FROM COFC HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR
“We have handled conference play on the road pretty well so far. The preparation will be there and our focus will be there. We are going to a very competitive Samford team and then continuing on to Chattanooga, two of the top teams in the league. It’s going to be about who we are and what product we put on the floor.”
“Samford is a balanced team and they execute very well. I want us to play our style and create scoring options. I want us to value possessions, but most importantly, I want our effort to speak volumes on how hard we are going to play.”
College of Charleston
Career Record: 7-6 (1st year)
CofC Record: 7-6 (1st year)
Career Record: 188-125 (11th year)
SAM Record: 188-125 (11th year)
Samford leads the all-time series 10-0.
Samford comes in with a 6-7 overall record and 3-1 mark in SoCon play. Most recently the Bulldogs earned a road win at UNCG, which snapped a five-game losing streak. Samford will host the Cougars in what will be their first home game since Dec. 3. The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Shelby Campbell, who is averaging 9.3 points per game.
IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME
With their 82-74 win over Richmond Dec. 28 the Cougars beat an Atlantic 10 conference opponent for the first time since a win against Charlotte in the 1980-81 season.
HARRIS EARNS SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK
This week senior Latisha Harris was awarded SoCon Player of the Week. Harris had two double-doubles including 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Cougars win at Charleston Southern. It was the first time CofC women’s basketball has earned the honor since Deidra Jones on Nov. 24, 2009. Harris recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Cougars win vs. Georgia Southern. Harris’ 67 career blocks currently rank fifth on the Cougars all-time list.
OFF TO A STRONG START
The Cougars 3-1 start in conference play is their best start since going 4-0 to start the 2009-10 season.
BROWN DROPPING DIMES
Junior Jillian Brown became the seventh player in CofC women’s basketball to reach 300 career assists Monday in the Cougars game against Davidson. Brown is fifth all-time with 303 career assists and leads the nation in double-digit assist games this season with five.
FOUR IN DOUBLE FIGURES
For the second time this season the Cougars had four players score in double figures in the win vs. Richmond. Seniors Megan Fischer (18), Latisha Harris (15), Cathryn Hardy (13) and junior Alyssa Frye (15) all scored in double-figures. Hardy and Harris also posted double-digit rebounding games to register double-doubles in the games. For Hardy it was her first career double-double, for Harris her 12th career double-double.
STRONG SUPPORTING CAST
The Cougars have gotten excellent production from their reserves this season as they have combined to score in double-figures in 10 straight games, including 18 or more points in seven of those 10 games. In the Cougars win vs. Georgia Southern they combined for 19 points.
SHARING THE BALL
Against Richmond the Cougars had 20 assists on 27 field goals. The team has nearly doubled their assist total from last year through the first 11 games of the season, and has had 15 or more assists three times.