CHARLESTON, S.C. – Before setting off on their inaugural adventure in CAA conference play, the College of Charleston women’s basketball team is set to take on regional rival East Carolina tonight at TD Arena, with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.
Here are the five things you need to know about tonight’s game:
1) THE COUGARS ARE UNDEFEATED AT HOME
In her second year at the helm, head coach Natasha Adair has turned TD Arena in to a veritable fortress for the Cougars. Undefeated this year on home hardwood, the Cougars have claimed victories over George Mason as well as 2012-13 NCAA Tournament second-round participant South Florida. The Cougars average margin of victory in their four home games this season is 11 points.
2013-14 Home Results
11/08/13, Kennesaw State, W, 87-66
11/30/13, S. Carolina State, W 70-56
12/02/13, George Mason, W, 66-64
12/21/13, South Florida, W, 71-64
2) JILL BROWN IS ONE OF THE BEST
Senior point guard Jill Brown – the College’s all-time career assist leader – is a selfless floor general who leads the CAA in assists per game (5.8) and also leads the conference with a 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. Equally impressive on the defensive end, Brown is third on the team in steals per game (1.5) and regularly defends the opposing team’s best perimeter player. She averages more than 37.4 minutes per game and is at or near the lead in numerous career statistical categories, including: total assists, assists per game, minutes played, minutes per game average and steals.
3) THIS IS THE FINAL NON-CONFERENCE GAME OF THE REGULAR SEASON
The Cougars come in to today’s clash with a 7-5 record and are on the cusp of entering in to their first year of CAA play. Following Thursday’s game, the College has a week to prepare before heading on the road to take on the 2012-13 WNIT champion Dragons of Drexel University, Jan, 9., in their inaugural CAA game. The first home conference game is Sunday, Jan. 12, against William and Mary, with tip-off set for 2 p.m.
4) THE WINNER GETS BRAGGING RIGHTS
The College and East Carolina have played four times, beginning midway through the 1978-79 season. Since then, each team has won twice, the most recent game coming just last year (the Cougars defeated the Pirates on the road, 72-62). The winner of today’s game will hold a 3-2 series lead.
5) THE COLLEGE ARE A FUN TEAM TO WATCH
Few teams in the country are as fun to watch as the Cougars. Never afraid to let it fly, the College is averaging more than 70 field goal attempts per game and is on course to break the single-season program record in that category. The Cougars are equally entertaining on the defensive end, swiping the most steals per game in the CAA (10.8) and forcing an impressive 19.6 turnovers per game.
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