College of Charleston (2-4, 0-0 SoCon) vs. Elon (2-2, 0-0 SoCon)
December 1, 2012, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Alumni Gym, Elon, N.C.
Live Stats/video: ElonPhoenix.com/twitter @CofCWBasketball
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's basketball team opens Southern Conference play on the road at Elon on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and at UNCG Monday at 7:00 p.m. After the Cougars game at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday the CofC men's team will play Elon at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Gym.
CofC head coach Natasha Adair
On the state of the team right now
"I feel like we are going to do special things. The kids are being coachable and they are hungry now. The light bulb is coming on. They see the fruits of their labor. They see that their hard work in the preseason is starting to pay off. My biggest thing right now is we need to finish. We are putting ourselves in great positions game wise and we are competing to the best of our abilities, but at the end of the day it comes down to who is going to finish."
On the start of conference play
"Conference play, its zero-zero. Preseason gets you ready for conference. I think we have seen every type of team and every style of play and every defense. We have been battle tested. In each game we have controlled the situation or not managed it well enough, but we have been in five of our six games. This is a great opportunity to start conference, focused, clear head, knowing that we have enough to get it done. We have enough to compete and if we just take care of some things we will be ok."
College of Charleston
Career Record: 2-4 (1st year)
CofC Record: 2-4 (1st year)
Career Record: 18-16 (2nd year)
Elon Record: 18-16 (2nd year)
Cougars lead the series 13-8.
Elon is 2-2 on the season with wins at home against VCU and UNCW and defeats on the road at South Carolina and at home to American University.
LAST TIME VS. ELON
The most recent game was Feb. 20, 2012 when the Cougars fell 50-63 at home to Elon.
INSIDE COFC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WITH NATASHA ADAIR
The Charleston Sports Network has launched a new coach's show called Inside CofC Women's Basketball with Natasha Adair. Each week assistant director of athletics communications Jeremy Rosenthal talks to Coach Adair about past and future games as well as a variety of topics and player features. The show can be viewed on CofCSports.com.
QUESTIONS FOR COACH ADAIR?
Viewers are strongly encouraged to submit questions to Coach Adair that she will answer on the show. If you have a question you can tweet it to @CofCWBasketball or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cougars will be on the road for much of November and December as they play eight of their first 11 games away from TD Arena.
STRONG SUPPORTING CAST
The Cougars have gotten key minutes from their bench over the last three games especially. In the Cougars last three contests the reserves are averaging 19 points per game.
IT'S RAINING THREES
Junior guard Alyssa Frye set a new CofC single-game record for three-pointers in a game with seven in the win at East Carolina last Saturday. Frye connected on seven-of-10 from beyond the arc.
BROWN CRACKS TOP-10
With her first assist Wednesday against Winthrop junior guard Jillian Brown broke the tie and now stands alone in 10th on the Cougars all-time career assist list. Brown has 247 assists and is seven from the ninth spot.
COUGARS IN NCAA RANKINGS
Two College of Charleston players are in the top 20 in individual categories as junior Alyssa Frye is 14th in three-pointers made per game at 3.4 and Brown is 17th in assists per game at 6.4 a contest. As a team the Cougars rank 38th among NCAA DI teams in steals per game at 12.4.
In the Cougars game at Miami (Ohio) last Friday seven different players recorded at least one blocked shot.
SHARING THE BALL
Against East Carolina the Cougars recorded 18 assists in the contest, the most since 21 assists January 16, 2010 in an 84-78 victory at Davidson.
Senior Latisha Harris opened the season with a double-double (17 points and 14 rebounds) in the Cougars home opening win over Coastal Carolina. Against ECU Harris got her second double-double of the season with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Harris registered eight double-doubles during the 2011-12 season.