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Previewing UNC Wilmington at Duke
By Rob Clough
December 19, 2011

Devils Return from Exam Break


UNC-WIlmington -- Tuesday, December 12th @7:00PM in Cameron Indoor Stadium

2011 UNC-W Snapshot: 24-9, 14-4 CAA WNIT 2nd Round

Last Meeting: December 1st, 1993: Duke 88, UNC-W 52 (Trivia: This was former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors' first game at Duke.)

Current Records: Duke 7-2, UNC-W 4-4

Current Rankings: Duke #6, UNC-W is unranked.

Significant Losses: The Seahawks lost their top three scorers from a very competitive squad last season. Brittany Blackwell was the team's leading scorer and rebounder (15 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and punished opponents by getting second chance opportunities. Center Martha White (13 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 bpg) was the team's defensive enforcer who could also score insde. Forward Kristen Hanzer (12 ppg, 5 rpg) was another tough, versatile inside player. Also gone is three point bomber Treasure Johnson (5 ppg, 34% 3FG).

Returning Players: UNC-W returns their starting backcourt of Alisha Andrews (11 ppg, 3 rpg, 5 apg, 3 spg, 40% 3FG) and Jessica Freeman (6 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg, 32% 3FG). Andrews was a highly effective, aggressive guard a season ago, but she'll have more weight on her shoulders this year. Also returning is 6-1 wing Abria Trice (5 ppg, 3 rpg).

The Skinny: The Seahawks bear little resemblance to the team that made some noise last year in the CAA, one of the more competitive mid-majors in the country. They are of course coached by WNBA legend Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who made a moribund Prairie View A&M squad relevant under her watch and has done well so far in Wilmington. She's reloading her Seahawks with a quartet of junior college transfers, and it's been a predictably rocky start for her as she's tried to mold this team into a unit. Andrews has stepped up to the tune of 15 ppg, 3 rpg, and 6 apg; but her shooting has sunk to 31% from three as opponents key in on her. New post Karneshia Garrett has stepped up admirably, averaging 20.5 ppg and 8 rpg. Freeman is steady at 8 ppg and 45% from three, and quick guard Tawanna Lee is putting up 9.5 ppg and 3 rpg. Other contributors include posts Ayoola Weaver and Chelsea McGowan, both averaging 6 ppg and 6 rpg, as well as Trice, who is putting up 5 ppg and 3 rpg.

The Seahawks turn the ball over 21 times a game, with Andrews being guilty of 6 such flubs per contest. Duke will obviously try to pressure the ball. Opponents have been averaging 15 offensive rebounds per game against the Seahawks, which will be another opportunity for Duke to crash the boards to good effect. The Seahawks were hammered by NC State, Drexel, Middle Tennessee and Washington State; however, they did just beat a solid Charlotte club, an indication that Cooper-Dyke is getting this team into proper fighting form. The reality is that this team is still feeling growing pains, and that will likely continue against Duke. As long as Duke takes care of details like valuing the ball (the Seahawks force 21 turnovers a game), blocking out and communicating, they'll be in good shape. Duke does need to sit on Freeman to make sure she doesn't get open looks from three (something Duke has been terrible at this season) and also needs to stay in front of Andrews and keep her off the foul line.



   
  • Andrews dictating tempo

 




Duke Spanks Upstate Spartans, 93-35
Player by Player
 
Devils Prey on Seahawks, 107-45
The Nutshell

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