UNCW Seahawks Women’s Basketball Preview: James Madison

UNCW looks to continue its winning ways Sunday as it entertains league-leading James Madison in a 2 p.m. matinee at Trask

James Madison Game Day Information
Date | Time January 26th | 2 p.m.
Venue (Location/Capacity) Trask Coliseum (Wilmington, N.C./5,100)
Tickets UNCW Ticket Office
Online Live Stats | HawkVision Video
Social Media Facebook ( UNCWsports.com) Twitter (Team | UNCWsports.com)
UNCW Team Information Team Site | Game Notes | Records Book
JMU Team Information Team site | Game Notes | Records Book

UNCW Seahawks women's basketball

WILMINGTON, NC January 25, 2014 – The UNCW women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Sunday as it welcomes league-leading James Madison to Trask Coliseum for a 2 p.m. matinee.

Live stats and video streaming are available for the game and can be accessed by clicking on the respective links at the top of the page.

The Seahawks (3-16; 2-3 CAA) picked up their second consecutive one-point victory with a 60-59 triumph over visiting William & Mary Thursday. Freshman Ryan Flowers exploded for season highs of 17 points and 20 rebounds to pace a Seahawks attack that shot 43.3 percent from the floor, including a 15-of-30 effort in the first half. Junior Kelva Atkins added 15 points, including the game-winning layup with 5.6 seconds remaining, while freshman Amber Reeves joined the duo in double figures with a season-high 10 points.

After struggling to keep teams off the scoreboard in the early going this season, the Seahawks turned in another solid defensive effort against William & Mary as they limited the Tribe to just 31.1 percent shooting, highlighted by a 9-of-39 (.231) effort in the second half.

Preseason favorite James Madison (14-4: 4-0 CAA) enters Sunday’s contest looking to remain the only unbeaten team in league play as it picked up its fourth straight victory with a with a 74-47 rout of Drexel Thursday at the JMU Convocation Center.

Preseason Player-of-the-Year selection Kirby Burkholder paces a high-powered Dukes attack that leads the league in scoring offense (73.4 ppg) with an 18.1 scoring average. Reigning Rookie-of-the-Year Precious Hall (12.9 ppg) and junior Toia Giggetts (12.7 ppg) provide scoring depth for Head Coach Kenny Brooks lineup. Burkholder and Giggetts head up the Duke rebounds efforts, ranking 1-2 on the team with 7.6 and 6.0 rebounds per contest, respectively, while sophomore Angela Mickens has dished out team-best 71 assists.

Sunday’s contest marks the 61st meeting between UNCW and James Madison in a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season and early days of the Colonial Athletic Association.  The Dukes hold a 51-9 advantage in the all-time series and have won five straight, including a sweep of the season series in 2012-13 that featured a 60-39 victory at Trask Coliseum on Jan. 6. The Seahawks last victory in the series came in a 70-67 triumph at home on Feb. 14, 2010.

UNCW returns to the road next week as it heads to The Empire State Jan. 31 for a 7 p.m. matchup with Hofstra.

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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