Lady Cougars Travel to Asheville for SoCon Tournament

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#5 College of Charleston (15-14, 11-9 SoCon) vs. #4 Appalachian State (19-9, 13-7 SoCon)

Game #30

March 9, 2013, 2:15 p.m. (ET)

Kimmel Arena, Asheville, N.C.

Southern Conference Championship Page

INSIDE COFC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WITH NATASHA ADAIR (3.7.13)

CHARLESTON, SC March 7, 2013 - The College of Charleston women’s basketball team will open play in the Southern Conference Tournament on Saturday at approximately 2:15 p.m. against Appalachian State.

THOUGHTS FROM COFC HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR

On strong finish to regular season

“We have talked about being the best team in March and peaking at the right time. We have won eight of our last 11 so I think the momentum is going in our direction. I’m still excited to see us after every game because I feel like we are still getting better. We have a lot of different players that are stepping up for us. I really like the position we are in right now.”

On preparing for SoCon Tournament

“I’m proud of our kids for working hard and being in this position where they don’t have to play on the first day of the tournament. To have that one day of extra rest and preparation is good. We start with a very tough Appalachian State team. It’s going to be a dog fight. Appalachian State and pretty much every team in our conference play hard. We need to value the ball and play our way. Our energy is great and I’m excited to go to Asheville for the tournament.”

THE COACHES

College of Charleston

Natasha Adair

Career Record: 15-14 (1st year)

CofC Record: 14-14 (1st year)

Appalachian State

Darcie Vincent

Career Record: 367-158 (17th year)

ASU Record: 103-57 (6th year)

THE SERIES

Appalachian State leads all-time series 22-16 and won both meetings this season.

A WINNING REGULAR SEASON

The Cougars, with a record of 15-14 finished above .500 in the regular season for the first time since the 2009-10 season. It is the fourth time in their 15 year SoCon history that the team has won at least 15 games and the fourth time in their SoCon history they have finished fifth or better in the final SoCon regular season standings.

SCOUTING APPALCHIAN STATE

Appalachian State comes in with a 19-9 overall record and 13-7 mark in SoCon play. The Mountaineers have lost their last two games, at home against Chattanooga and Samford. Appalachian State is led in scoring by Anna Freeman, who is averaging 16.6 points per game.

BROWN SETS ASSISTS RECORD

With her seven assists Monday vs. Wofford, junior point guard Jillian Brown broke the CofC women’s basketball DI record for assists in a single-season with 171. The previous record of 170 was set by Toni Gerty during the 2009-10 season. Brown currently has 181 assists and is also eighth on the SoCon record list for assists in a season.

TOLBERT SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Junior Afreyea Tolbert earned SoCon Player of the Week for games through Feb. 11. Tolbert scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Cougars win at Davidson. With this honor it is the first time since the 2004-05 season that the Cougars have had two SoCon Player of the Week honorees in the same season and first time since the 2000-01 season that two different players have earned the honor, as senior Latisha Harris was selected as SoCon Player of the Week on Jan. 2. Tolbert has scored in double-figures in each of the Cougars last 10 games and had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebound in the win over Samford. Tolbert had another double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds to close out the regular season with a win at Furman.

FRYE LEADING COUGARS

Junior Alyssa Frye set the CofC women’s basketball DI record for threes in a season with seven against Furman and now has 83 for the season. Frye has 360 points this season compared to 198 in all of last season. She is averaging a career-high 12.4 points per game this season and has scored in double-figures inĀ  10 of the Cougars last 13 games. With her 83 threes made this season, Frye is tied for seventh on the SoCon all-time single season record list for threes made in a season.

WINNING CLOSE GAMES

The Cougars have been in several close games this season and have had success in crunch time. The Cougars have a 5-2 record this season in games decided by five points or less.

GETTING OFFENSIVE

The Cougars have combined to grab double-digit offensive rebounds in 28 of 29 games this season. The Cougars are leading the SoCon in offensive rebounds per game and senior Cathryn Hardy leads the conference individually at 3.7 offensive rebounds per game.

HARRIS ON THE BOARDS

Senior Latisha Harris is one of the all-time leaders in rebounding in CofC women’s basketball history. This season Harris has 242 boards, which is third on the Cougars single season record list. Harris’ average of 8.6 rebounds per game this season is currently third on the single season record list. For her career Harris is fourth all-time in rebounds with 653.

BENCH PLAY KEY TO SUCCESS

The Cougars have been getting excellent production from their non-starting players this season. In their 15 wins the bench is averaging 18.9 points per game. The Cougars bench combined for a season-high 42 points last Monday in the win vs. Wofford.

DROPPING DIMES

The Cougars have registered 15 or more assists in eight games this season and are 6-2 when doing so. The Cougars had 19 assists vs. 12 turnovers in their win against Western Carolina.

BROWN WATCH

Junior point guard Jillian Brown (Midlothian, Va.) continues to climb the CofC DI career list for assists and is also near the top of the all-time single season assists list. Brown ranks in the top-15 among all NCAA DI players in assists per game this season and has had six double-digit assist games this season and eight for her career. Brown is also in the top-10 in the Cougars DI era in steals per game and minutes played per game.

COFC DI SINGLE SEASON ASSIST LEADERS

1. 181…..Jillian Brown………………….. -2012-13

2. 170…..Tonia GERTY………………… – 2009-10

3. 142…..Marketta TALLEY…………… – 2004-05

4. 124…..Jillian Brown……………………..-2011-12

5. 119……Maria WILLIAMS……………. – 1991-92

119……Jade HUGHES………………. – 2006-07

7. 116……Tonia GERTY………………… – 2008-09

8. 114……Tula ZECOPOULOS………. – 1989-90

114……Waynetta VENEY………….. – 1996-97

10. 109…..Jade HUGHES……………….. – 2008-09

COFC DI CAREER ASSIST LEADERS

1….460….Tonia GERTY…………………….- 2007-11

2….413….Jade HUGHES………………… – 2005-10

3….397….Marketta TALLEY…………….. – 2002-06

4….391….Jillian Brown…………….. 2010-present

5….303….Sara WEAVER………………… – 1997-01

……303….Shanna MICKENS…………… – 2000-04

7….273….Debbie TROWBRIDGE…….. – 1993-97

8….257….Rachel KING…………………… – 2001-05

9….254….Natalie SEEL…………………… – 1990-94

10..242….Maria WILLIAMS……………… – 1990-93

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE SINGLE SEASON ASSIST LEADERS

1. 285 Kim Skala, ETSU 1985-86

2. 234 Kim Skala, ETSU 1984-85

3. 208 Amy Wales, UTC 1989-90

4. 202 Kim Skala, ETSU 1986-87

5. 192 Karla May, MAR 1984-85

6. 184 Nancy Smith, UTC 1988-89

184 Jennifer O’Brien, DAV 1997-98

8. 181 Jillian Brown, CofC 2012-13

9. 175 Nancy Smith, UTC 1990-91

10. 174 Jane Currin, ASU 1986-87

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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