CHARLESTON, SC November 13, 2013 – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team head to Columbia, S.C., on Thursday for a televised showdown against in-state rivals, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
With tip-off set for 8 p.m., the College (1-1) will make the trip north on I-26 for the twelfth time in school history, where the 17th ranked Gamecocks (2-0) await under the bright lights of the Colonial Life Arena.
The Cougars, led by head coach Natasha Adair, are one of the deeper teams in the country and possess an arsenal of perimeter talent, including second team preseason all-CAA selection, Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.).
Friday’s contest will be broadcasted live by Fox Sports South (FSSO)/Fox Sports Carolinas (FSCR). The broadcast marks the 2013-14 television debut for the Cougars, who will also be televised in their Jan. 17, match-up against Hofstra, in Hempstead N.Y.
Talent: Debbie Antonelli, Jenn Hildreth
COACH ADAIR’S THOUGHTS
“This is a great opportunity to play against an in-state/NCAA team, Dawn Staley is a Hall of Fame coach who will have her team ready to play. We’ve set goals on who we want to be as a team this season and I believe that tomorrow night will be a great opportunity to live up to those goals. Ultimately, there are 5 of them and 5 of us on the court at a time, so we’re going to leave it all on the floor with no regrets – we’re going to compete to win.”
9 players saw double-digit minutes in the Cougars last outing against Winthrop.
17.0 ppg so far this season for preseason second team All-CAA selection, Alyssa Frye.
35% of the Cougars’ points scored this season have come from the bench.
In the opening two games of the season, the Cougars have played 12 and 13 players, respectively. The staggering depth has translated in-to productivity for the College, who have out-performed their opponents in bench scoring by a whopping 40-22 margin. Currently, there are eight players averaging over 10.0 minute’s p/game.
THE FRYE FILE
Last season, senior Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) set a Southern Conference record with 95 three-pointers (15th best in the NCAA). It was enough to earn Frye a place on the second team preseason All-CAA team, something she has been quick to justify this season. Averaging 17.0 points p/game, Frye is shooting 63.6% from behind the arc on 7-11 shooting, including a sparkling 27 point performance (10-14 from the field) against Kennesaw State. At 31.0 minutes p/game, Frye is also second on the team in minutes played (Jill Brown 36.0).
ON THE ROAD
After kicking off the season with a home victory over Kennesaw State, 87-66, the Cougars are now on the second-leg of a four game road swing. The Cougars are playing 3 games in seven days, with last Friday’s game at Winthrop, Thursday’s clash with South Carolina and then a Sunday trip to Spartanburg, S.C., where the College will face South Carolina Upstate. After a week off, the Cougars close out the road trip with a Sunday, Nov. 23, trip to UNC Greensboro.
This year’s edition of College of Charleston women’s basketball boasts one of the strongest back courts in program history. It starts with senior point-guard Jill Brown, who is averaging 8.5 assists per game through the Cougars first two contests. In 2012-13, Brown dropped 206 assists, good enough for 13th in the NCAA in assists per game. Accompanying Brown are fellow seniors, Frye (17.0 ppg) and Afreyea Tolbert (12.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg). Junior Erin Hall – a transfer from Wake Forest – is also averaging 9.0 ppg and 4.0 rpg.
The 17th-ranked Gamecocks are led by Hall-of-Fame head coach Dawn Staley. Staley – a standout at the University of Virginia and the WNBA – led South Carolina to a 25-8 record last season (13-3 at home) and a second-round NCAA tournament appearance. The Gamecocks are led on the court by Alaina Coates, a 6-4 freshman center from Irmo, S.C., averaging 16.0 ppg.
COUGARS VS. GAMECOCKS: A SERIES RETROPSECTIVE
All time – including NAIA play – the Cougars are 9-14 against their in-state rivals. The last victory for the College came in 1991, in a thrilling encounter that saw the Cougars win, 66-63, on home court in a game that gave CofC a 9-7 series lead. The Gamecocks have won the last seven matchups.
L, 74-86 on Dec. 6,1974 in Columbia, S.C.
W, 59-55 on Feb. 12,1975 in Charleston, S.C.
W,116-93 on Jan. 26,1976, neutral venue
W, 65-56,1976, in Charleston, S.C.
W, 74-70,1976, in Columbia, S.C.
W, 94-68, on Jan. 11,1977, in Charleston S.C.
W, 80-61, on Feb. 26,1977 in Columbia, S.C.
W, 62-61, on Dec. 22,1977 neutral venue
L, 69-82, on Feb. 6,1978 in Charleston, S.C.
W, 68-63, on Feb 11,1978, neutral venue
L, 64-69, on Feb. 18,1978 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 81-85, on Feb. 25,1978, neutral venue
L, 80-84, on Mar. 4,1978, neutral venue
L, 63-79 on Dec. 15,1978 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 51-73 on Feb. 7,1979 in Charleston, S.C.
W, 66-63 on Dec. 7,1991 in Charleston, S.C.
L, 72-78 on Dec. 1,1992 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 72-106 on Jan. 3,1994 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 54-74 on Dec. 20,1996 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 54-83 on Nov. 24, 2002 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 61-84 on Jan. 28, 2004 in Charleston, S.C.
L, 37-67 on Jan. 13, 2005 in Columbia, S.C.
L, 40-59 on Nov. 23, 2012 in Columbia, S.C.
The Cougars freshman class has been fantastic so far this season. Playing a combined average of 12.3 minutes per game, the group is led by F/C Jasmine Carter (Lexington, N.C.), who is averaging six points and nine rebounds in 18.5 minutes per outing. Also playing well is Bre Bolden (Edgewater, Md.), who is managing 4.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg while averaging 16.5 minutes. Jenice Winter (Brooklyn, N.Y.) played 10 minutes in the loss to Winthrop, scoring six points and pulling down three rebounds. Courtney Gardner (Snellville, Ga.) has also played well in limited action.
REBOUNDING BY COMMITTEE
With the loss of the team’s top two rebounders from last season (Latisha Harris and Cathryn Hardy) through graduation, the Cougars have had to adopt a rebound-by-committee approach, a tactic which has seen the College win the battle on the glass (107-100 combined) in the Cougars first two games. Leading the way for the Cougars is senior combo-guard Afreyea Tolbert (9.5), followed by freshman Jasmine Carter (9.0) and Bre Bolden (5.0). Also hitting the boards are Christy Hewatt (6.5), Erin Hall (4.0), Alyssa Frye (3.0). A further three Cougars are averaging 2.5 boards per game (Ramer, Hopkins and Green).
STATISTICAL LEADERS (P/Game Averages):
Points: Alyssa Frye (17.0)
Rebounds: Afreyea Tolbert (9.5)
Assists: Jill Brown (8.5)
Minutes: Jill Brown (36.0)
Steals: Bre Bolden (3.5)
Blocks: Mikaela Hopkins (1.5)
Offensive Rebounds: Jasmine Carter (4.0)