College of Charleston (6-20, 5-12 SoCon) vs. UNCG (3-22, 2-15 SoCon)
February 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
TD Arena (5,000)
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston women's basketball team past and present will pay tribute to CofC Head Coach Nancy Wilson as they host UNCG on Saturday at 2 p.m. Wilson, in her 30th year of coaching has announced she will retire at the end of this season. Admission is free for the game on Saturday.
Junior Latisha Harris recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the College of Charleston women's basketball team fell 70-56 on the road against Samford Monday night. The Cougars out-rebounded the Bulldogs 50-33 and held a 21-4 edge in second chance points, but shot 26.2 percent from the field in the game. The Cougars last played UNCG Jan. 13 when they captured a 52-42 victory on the road. Today the Cougars honor head coach Nancy Wilson for her service to the program and celebrate her career and the countless people she has touched.
The College of Charleston women's basketball team will host their annual alumni game Saturday Feb. 18 at 10:00 a.m. at TD Arena. Several former players are expected to be on hand to play in the game and fans are encouraged to attend.
College of Charleston
Career Record: 541-362 (30th year)
CofC Record: 310-213 (17th year)
Career Record: 3-22 (1st)
UNCG Record: 3-22 (1st)
UNCG leads the all-time series 21-12.
LAST TIME VS. UNCG
Sophomore Alyssa Frye led the College of Charleston
women's basketball team with 14 points as the Cougars beat UNCG 52-42 on the road Jan. 13. The Cougars used a balanced scoring attack as nine players scored and they held a 26-14 advantage in points in the paint as well as 14 bench points. UNCG was led by Breonna Patterson with nine points. The Cougars took a 23-21 lead at halftime and outscored the Spartans 29-21 in the second half.
WINNING WITH WILSON
College of Charleston head coach Nancy Wilson will retire after this season as the winningest women's basketball coach at the College. Wilson is in her 30th year overall and 17th at the College of Charleston. Wilson has won 310 games at CofC and 541 for her career.
Junior Latisha Harris has recorded seven double-doubles on the season, her most recent coming at Samford with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING
The Cougars have had at least one player score in double-figures in 14 of their last 16 games. In seven of the 16 games multiple players have scored in double-figures. Junior Latisha Harris has the most double-digit games in that stretch, scoring at least 10 points in nine of the 16 games.
RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS
The Cougars have had several record breaking performances and top-10 marks this season. In addition to the team record of 15 blocks, in the win over Wofford junior Latisha Harris grabbed 19 rebounds, second most all-time in a single-game. In the same game junior Cathryn Hardy tied the third best mark for free-throws in a game with 13 and tied the second best mark for free-throws attempted in a game with 15.
With several players lost from last year many athletes are stepping up this year.
Player Points Last Year Points This Year
Harris 139 (29 games) 223 (26 games)
Hardy 143 (30 games) 197 (26 games)
Brown 64 (30 games) 86 (26 games)
Hicks 8 (18 games) 36 (11 games)
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT COFC HEAD COACH NANCY WILSON
"Nancy has had a very long and successful career. She has given greatly to our great game. In a world, sometimes darkened by sporting news, Nancy has been a beacon of light. Many lives were changed through sport during her illustrious coaching career and she will be greatly missed." - Nevada Head Coach Jane Albright
"I don't know if there is anyone I respect more than Nancy Wilson, because of who she is. We have coached against each other for many years and have a great relationship. She is a great person and coach and cares deeply about her players and staff. She is the type of coach you would want your daughter to play for. She is a tremendous mentor, has such high integrity and will be missed." - North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
"Coach Wilson has had a fulfilling career. She has been an inspiration as a teacher, coach and friend to so many of her student-athletes and coaching colleagues. Nancy's involvement in the growth of the women's game has been met with integrity, professionalism, and commitment to the sport, the players she's coached, and the opponents she has faced. Nancy will be missed on the sideline, but her contribution to the game as a person and coach will be remembered by those of us fortunate to know her. Nancy, thank you for the positive example you've set and maintained throughout your coaching tenure. May the 2011-12 season be your best ever!" - Belmont Abbey College Head Coach and Former WNBA Assistant Coach Susan Yow
"Nancy has been a huge mentor for me in coaching and as a person. She has such high integrity and has influenced so many people in a positive way. She has made her mark on players and coaches and everyone she has touched will miss her very much." - Western Carolina Head Coach Karen Middleton
"Nancy is a legend in the game of women's basketball. She has influenced so many athletes and coaches. She is a positive role model and someone with high integrity." - Miami (Ohio) Head Coach and Former South Carolina Assistant Coach Maria Fantanarosa
"She had a tremendous impact on me as a player. She taught me many life lessons far beyond the game of basketball. She has always been a great teacher and someone that has provided a model for the way things should be done." - Western Carolina Assistant Coach and Former South Carolina Women's Basketball Player Tréka McMillian
"The cornerstone of Coach Nancy Wilson's career has been that of service to others through the game of basketball. She has coached winning teams and championship-caliber young women at South Carolina, the American Basketball League and at the College of Charleston. Calling Coach Wilson a teacher is the highest compliment I can pay to her legacy. She leaves the game better than when she started and for that, I am personally thankful and grateful to have crossed paths with and to have learned from her for many decades." - ESPN Women's College Basketball Analyst Debbie Antonelli