GREENSBORO, N.C. - Led by 23 points from senior Latisha Harris, the College of Charleston women's basketball team ran by UNCG 88-61 at Fleming Gym on Monday.
Senior Cathryn Hardy and junior Alyssa Frye added 16 points apiece for the Cougars (4-4, 2-0) and junior Jillian Brown had 10 assists. The Cougars finished the game with 32 fast break points and 26 points off the bench, in what tied the 10th spot in program history for most points scored.
Neither team could get much going early on as they Cougars led 4-3 at the first media timeout over the Spartans (1-5, 0-2). CofC then pushed the ball and converted some fast break baskets, which turned into a 16-6 run and put them up 20-9 with 11:49 to play.
The Cougars went up 24-13 when the Spartans came storming back as they used a 9-0 run to get within two at 24-22. The Cougars answered with an 11-4 run to close the half and go up 35-26 at the break.
With Brown pushing the ball and the Cougars running the floor, Harris scored 16 points in the second half. Freshman Shannon Hines capped off a 15-0 run as she drove to the basket and found sophomore Courtney McKenzie for a layup to put the Cougars up 59-38.
The Cougars went deep into their bench as they used all 12 of their players and 11 different players scored in the game.
The Cougars now have a 19 day break before their next game, Dec. 22 at Vanderbilt.
"I'm excited about this team and my excitement keeps growing. To be on the road and compete the way we did, we don't take any conference game for granted. Our versatility was great. We had three players in double figures and contributions from everyone. This team is growing up and getting better and we are doing it together. I'm excited about the game, our growth and starting off conference 2-0."
On having 32 fast break points
"We had 32 fast break points to their 11. We talked about this in preseason and talked about preparing ourselves to run up and down the floor. Today we executed it beautifully. We got back when they didn't. The thing that happened with those 32 fast break points, we finished and we shared the ball so well. It speaks volumes to our team and their commitment to wanting to run.
"I'm proud of my team, I'm proud of their effort and I'm excited that they are seeing their hard work payoff."