CofC Women’s Hoops Flies North For Clash With Pride


An in-depth look at tomorrow’s women’s hoop game against Hofstra, in Hempstead, N.Y.

College of Charleston (8-7) vs. Hofstra (6-8)

Game #16

Date: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Tip-off: ­­­12:00 pm

City: Hempstead, N.Y.

Arena: David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex (5,124)

Series History: First meeting between the two teams

 

THE COACHES

College of Charleston: Natasha Adair

Second Year at CofC: 24-23 (.510)

All-Time Record: 24-23 (.510)

Hofstra: Krista Steveskey

8th Season at Hofstra: 119-102 (.538)

All-Time Record: 119-102 (.538)

 

FOLLOW LIVE

Live Stream Carrier: Pride Production (GoHofstra.com)

Live Stream Link: http://bit.ly/L60KQJ

Radio: WRHU (88.7 FM)

Live Stats: N/A

Twitter: @CofCWBasketball

CHARLESTON, SC January 16, 2014

College of Charleston Cougars vs Hofstra Pride women's basketball

GAME PREVIEW

The College (8-7) kicks off its two-game, four day, and 2,000-mile northeast road trip on Friday against the Pride of Hofstra University, at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, N.Y., where tip-off is set for noon.

The Cougars are 1-1 so far in conference play, having dispatched most recently of William and Mary in resounding fashion, 101-65. The Cougars will look to build on the win, their first in the CAA, and add a first Colonial road victory to the resume as well.

The Pride will be seeking a second-straight conference win after most recently defeating UNC-Wilmington, 64-55. The Pride will be looking to get to .500 in conference play as they currently sit at 1-2. Hofstra will be turning to their leading scorer and rebounder, 5-10 senior forward Anma Onyeuku, to provide a spark alongside minutes-leader (30.9 mpg), 5-4 junior guard Andreana Thomas, who is averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.6 apg.

The Cougars will again look to the defensive side of the ball as their key to success. Currently leading the CAA in turnover margin (+4.87), the Cougars are second in steals while averaging 10.6 per game. CofC is equally formidable on the offensive end where they lead the CAA in field goal attempts as well as ball security, posting a 0.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. On the glass, the Cougars are tied for the CAA lead in defensive rebounding with 28.2 boards per game.

The College will again rely on their strong perimeter play, including that of senior guards Jill Brown (5.9 apg), Alyssa Frye (14.1 ppg), and Afreyea Tolbert (8.1 rpg), alongside freshman forward Breanna Bolden, who is currently averaging 7.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

 

COACHES CORNER: NATASHA ADAIR

On this weekend’s northeast road trip…

“I’m excited…especially coming off of a great conference win. The most important thing is seeing our players play beautifully as a team. I’ve been on them a little bit –  especially after the Drexel game – about being consistent. I asked them to give more and be more as both individuals and as a team. Now we have a chance to take that on the road and show the conference that what we did (against William and Mary) was not a fluke or a one-time thing; it’s who we are when we play our best. Hofstra is very competitive and they will play hard, but we are resilient and tough and it’s a great opportunity to spread our brand of basketball to the northeast.”

 

MEET THE PRIDE: HOFSTRA

The Pride (6-8) is a well-coached team dedicated to playing hard and winning the battle on the glass. Prone to playing both man and zone, defensively, the Pride played a tough non-conference slate, featuring losses to Harvard, Northwestern and Virginia Tech (OT). They are 1-2 in the conference, having most recently knocked off UNC Wilmington, 64-55.

Projected Starters

#01 Asia Jackson, G, 5-5, So. (6.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

#11 Krystal Luciano, G, 5-5, Fr. (6.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

#00 Kelly Loftus, G, 5-10, Fr. (4.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

#40 Anma Onyeuku, F, 5-10, Sr. (12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg)

#10 Elo Edeferioka, F, 6-3, Fr. (4.9 ppg, 6.1)

 

RECORD WATCH! FRYE IS GETTING CLOSE

Following a record breaking 2012-13 campaign, in which she hit 95 three-pointers (15th best in the country), Alyssa Frye is now just 11 treys away from the all-time career three-pointers made mark at the College. With 90 threes, Frye is set to overtake Natalie Seel for second all-time. Currently, Frye is second in three-pointers p/game in the CAA, averaging 2.5. Frye was also named to the preseason All-CAA second team.

CofC All-Time 3-point Field Goals Made

1.         Jade Hughes          201     2005-10          

2.         Natalie Seel             191     1990-94

3.         Alyssa Frye              190     2010-present

4.         Rachel King            176     2001-05

5.         Missy Peterson      171     1995-99

 

LAST TIME OUT: WILLIAM & MARY RECAP

• The Cougars scored 100 points for the first time since a 100-60 victory over Morris on Feb. 2, 1989. The College participated in the NAIA that season, before moving to Division-1 the following season.

•The highest previous total in the D-1 era came during a 97-point performance against Mercer in 2009.

• The Cougars shot 55.4% from the field against the Tribe, the fifth best shooting performance in school history. The Cougars shot 67% from the field against Anderson in 2001 and twice shot 59% from the field against Mercer in 2009 and Elon in 2008.

• Christy Hewatt’s 18 points represent a new career high for the junior out of Cumming Ga. She also scored 14 points against Coastal Carolina earlier this season. Hewatt’s 90% from the field equals the second highest mark in school history.

• The Cougars 41 field goals are the most in school history, surpassing the previous mark of 39 against Limestone on Dec. 9, 2000.

• On track to attempt the most field goals in school history, the Cougars again broke the 70-attempt mark, hoisting 74 shots against the Tribe, tied for the ninth most in school history.

• Sunday’s game marks the first home victory for the Cougars as members of the CAA.

• The Cougars lead the game end-to-end for the first all season.

• Sunday’s win moves the Cougars in to the third place in the conference standings.

 

GO FIGURES

101 Points scored against William and Mary on Sunday. The Cougars last hit the century mark during the 1988-89 season, when they were still playing in the NAIA.

10+ rebound games for senior combo-guard Afreyea Tolbert. Tolbert has three points/rebounds double-doubles on the season.

90 Percent shooting from the field by junior Christy Hewatt against the Tribe; the second highest field goal percentage in school history.

 

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON STATISTICAL LEADERS (P/Game Averages):

Points: Alyssa Frye (14.1)

Rebounds: Afreyea Tolbert (8.1)

Assists: Jill Brown (5.9)

Minutes: Jill Brown (36.9)

Steals: Alyssa Frye (1.9)