Women’s Basketball Look to Bounce Back Upstate
College of Charleston (1-2) vs. USC Upstate (2-2)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
Tip-off: 3:00 p.m.
Arena: G.B. Hodge Center (818)
TV: Watch Live (ESPN3)
Series: The College leads 14-1
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team heads to Spartanburg, S.C., on Sunday afternoon, to take on the University of South Carolina Upstate, at the G.B. Hodge Center in a game set to be televised live on ESPN 3.
With tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m., the Cougars head in to the intra-state clash looking to bounce back from a two-game skid that has seen the College drop away contests against two talented teams in Winthrop and South Carolina.
On Thursday night in Columbia, the Cougars put on a strong showing against the 17th-ranked Gamecocks, scoring the first nine points of the game and maintaining a 23-14 lead mid-way through the first half.
The Cougars are led by a triumvirate of talented seniors in the back court, including point guard Jill Brown, two-guard Alyssa Frye and G/F Afreyea Tolbert. Tolbert managed a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) on Thursday night, while Brown played all 40 minutes. Frye, a sharpshooter, is connecting on 53% of her three-point shots (8-15) through three games.
Head Coach Natasha Adair on Sunday’s match-up against Upstate…
“I think we’re being tested right now in our ability to bounce back. This is a great opportunity to play and get better as a team. We will need to defend well against Upstate’s motion, contain on the drive, and contest their shooters. We're coming off a solid day of film and practice and I know our players are focused and hungry for a win.”
93% of the time, Jill Brown has been on the floor for the Cougars this season (112 of 120 min)
13.0 ppg so far this season for both Alyssa Frye and Afreyea Tolbert.
9 Cougars are averaging double-digit minutes per game this season.
SO SO…PHENOMENAL DEPTH
In the opening three games of the season, the Cougars have played 12,13 and 12 players, respectively. Depth has translated in-to productivity for the College, who have out-performed their opponents in bench scoring by a 68-50 margin. Currently, there are nine players averaging over 10.0 minute’s p/game.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR FREE
Senior combo-guard Afreyea ‘Free’ Tolbert has been strong over the first three games, averaging a double-double (13 points and 10 rebounds per game). Free has provided versatility for the Cougars, starting the first two games of the season at the four-spot and constantly keeping defenders off balance with her ability to get to the basket.
After kicking off the season with a home victory over Kennesaw State, 87-66, the Cougars are now on the third-leg of a four game road swing. Sunday’s game represents the third in seven days, with last Friday’s game at Winthrop, Thursday’s clash with South Carolina and now a Sunday trip to South Carolina Upstate. After a week off, the Cougars close out the road trip next Saturday, Nov. 23, with a trip to UNC Greensboro.
This year’s edition of College of Charleston women’s basketball boasts one of the strongest back courts in program history. It starts with senior point-guard Jill Brown, who is averaging 8.0 assists per game through the Cougars first three contests. In 2012-13, Brown dropped 206 dimes, enough for 13th in the NCAA in assists per game. Accompanying Brown are fellow seniors, Frye (13.0 ppg) and Tolbert (13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg). Junior Erin Hall – a transfer from Wake Forest – is also averaging 7.7 ppg.
South Carolina Upstate (2-2) is led by Tammy George (11th season, 9th in Spartanburg) and is coming off a 12-18 season. The Spartans represent the Atlantic Sun Conference and are led on the court by Sharmayne Edwards (14.8 ppg). After winning their first two games of the season over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (87-83) and Converse College (75-36), the Spartans come in to Sunday’s game having dropped two consecutive games to High Point (69-75) and second-ranked Duke (40-123).
COUGARS VS. SPARTANS: A SERIES RETROPSECTIVE
The CofC vs. Upstate series kicked-off during the 1979-80 season, with the Cougars winning at home, 66-54. Since then, the Cougars and Spartans have met 13 times with the College winning 12 of those matches for a 14-1 all-time series lead. The lone Cougar loss came during the 2007-2008 season where Upstate won in Charleston, 73-62.
1979-80 1/11 Charleston, S.C. L, 66-54
1981-82 2/2 Upstate L, 82-52
1982-83 2/4 Charleston, S.C. L, 78-46
1983-84 12/10 Upstate L, 84-77
1983-84 2/17 Charleston, S.C. L, 84-58
1984-85 12/8 Charleston, S.C. L, 91-67
1984-85 2/23 Upstate L, 72-54
1985-86 2/1 Upstate L, 85-79
1985-86 2/27 Upstate L, 79-71
1986-87 1/31 Charleston, S.C. N/A
1987-88 11/30 Upstate L, 66-63
1987-88 1/21 Charleston, S.C. L, 88-75
1988-89 1/19 Upstate L, 87-61
1988-89 11/29 Charleston, S.C. L, 68-66
2007-08 12/3 Charleston, S.C. W, 73-62
Charleston leads, 14-1
The Cougars freshman class has been fantastic so far this season. Playing an average of 10.2 minutes per game, the group is led by F/C Jasmine Carter (Lexington, N.C.), who is averaging 4.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per outing. Also playing well is Bre Bolden (Edgewater, Md.), who is managing 3.0 ppg and 3.7 rpg while averaging 12.5 minutes. Jenice Winter (Brooklyn, N.Y.) played 10 minutes in the loss to Winthrop, scoring six points and pulling down three rebounds. Courtney Gardner (Snellville, Ga.) has also played well in limited action.
STATISTICAL LEADERS (P/Game Averages):
Points: Alyssa Frye and Afreyea Tolbert (13.0)
Rebounds: Afreyea Tolbert (10.0)
Assists: Jill Brown (8.0)
Minutes: Jill Brown (37.3)
Steals: Bre Bolden (2.3)
Blocks: Mikaela Hopkins (1.6)
Offensive Rebounds: Jasmine Carter (2.6)
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