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Cougars Hit Road for Midweek Game at Appalachian State
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Release: 02/19/2013
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College of Charleston (12-13, 8-8 SoCon) at Appalachian State (17-6, 11-4 SoCon)

Game #26

February 20, 2013, 5:30 p.m. (ET)

TD Arena, Charleston, S.C.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - After beating Samford for the first time in the history of the program Monday night the Cougars have a quick turnaround as they travel to Boone, N.C. to play Appalachian State Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

THOUGHTS FROM COFC HEAD COACH NATASHA ADAIR

On the win vs. Samford last night and closing game in last couple of minutes

"It gives us great confidence. We try to manage the situations in practice. We put the kids in a lot of different scenarios so in a game situations, it's not as intense for them.  We have had experience playing in close games lately. Our kids are believing. Their confidence is very high right now. We have several players that are stepping up and contributing. I'm so proud of my team right now. They are fighting so hard out there. We had a great will to win tonight. Samford is not an easy team to guard and we battled all night."

THE COACHES

College of Charleston

Natasha Adair

Career Record: 12-13 (1st year)

CofC Record: 12-13 (1st year)

Appalachian State

Darcie Vincent

Career Record: 365-155 (17th year)

ASU Record: 101-54 (6th year)

THE SERIES

Appalachian State leads the all-time series 21-16.

COUGARS IN THE SOCON STANDINGS

As the regular comes to a close teams will be fighting for position going into the Southern Conference Tournament, March 8-11 in Asheville, N.C. The top five teams will receive byes and won't have to play on the first day. With their win against Samford the Cougars now trail the Bulldogs by just a half game for the fifth spot in the conference standings.

SCOUTING APPALACHIAN STATE

Appalachian State comes in with a 17-6 overall record and 11-4 mark in SoCon play. Most recently they beat Western Carolina 63-32. The Mountaineers are led in scoring by Anna Freeman, who is averaging 17.2 points per game. The last time they two teams squared off was Jan. 18 in Charleston with Appalachian State winning 63-55.

TOLBERT SOCON PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Junior Afreyea Tolbert earned SoCon Player of the Week for games through Feb. 11. Tolbert scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Cougars win at Davidson. With this honor it is the first time since the 2004-05 season that the Cougars have had two SoCon Player of the Week honorees in the same season and first time since the 2000-01 season that two different players have earned the honor, as senior Latisha Harris was selected as SoCon Player of the Week on Jan. 2. Tolbert has scored in double-figures in each of the Cougars last six games and had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebound in the win over Samford on Monday.

FRYE LEADING COUGARS

Junior Alyssa Frye set the CofC women's basketball DI record for threes in a season with seven against Furman and now has 77 for the season. Frye has 326 points this season compared to 198 in all of last season. She is averaging a career-high 13.0 points per game this season and has scored in double-figures in each of the Cougars last nine games.

WINNING CLOSE GAMES

The Cougars have been in several close games this season and have had success in crunch time. The Cougars have a 5-2 record this season in games decided by five points or less.

GETTING OFFENSIVE

The Cougars have combined to grab double-digit offensive rebounds in 23 of 24 games this season. The Cougars are leading the SoCon in offensive rebounds per game and senior Cathryn Hardy leads the conference individually at 3.9 offensive rebounds per game. Hardy is 18 offensive rebounds from tying the Cougars single-season record.  

ADVANTAGE COUGARS

In the Cougars last five games they have had a 124-66 advantage over opponents in points off turnovers.

HARRIS ON THE BOARDS

Senior Latisha Harris is one of the all-time leaders in rebounding in CofC women's basketball history. This season Harris has 221 boards, putting her 43 rebounds short of breaking the single season DI record. Harris' average of 8.9 rebounds per game this season is currently third on the single season record list. For her career Harris is eighth all-time in rebounds with 630 and is five rebounds from breaking into the top-five.

BENCH PLAY KEY TO SUCCESS

The Cougars have been getting excellent production from their non-starting players this season. In their 12 wins the bench is averaging 16.5 points per game and 14.6 points per game in all games. The Cougars bench has combined to score in double figures in 20 of their 25 games this season.

DROPPING DIMES

The Cougars have registered 15 or more assists in seven games this season and are 6-1 when doing so. Junior point guard Jillian Brown has already surpassed her assist total from last season (124), which is third on the school record list for assists in a single season. Brown currently has 156 assists and has recorded six double-digit assist games this season. The Cougars had 19 assists vs. 12 turnovers in their win against Western Carolina.

BROWN WATCH

Junior point guard Jillian Brown (Midlothian, Va.) continues to climb the CofC DI career list for assists and is also near the top of the all-time single season assists list. Brown ranks in the top-15 among all NCAA DI players in assists per game this season and has had six double-digit assist games this season and eight for her career. Brown is also in the top-10 in the Cougars DI era in steals per game and minutes played per game.

COFC DI SINGLE SEASON ASSIST LEADERS

1. 170.....Tonia GERTY..................... - 2009-10

2. 156.....Jillian Brown....................... -2012-13

3. 142.....Marketta TALLEY............... - 2004-05

4. 124.....Jillian Brown..........................-2011-12

5. 119......Maria WILLIAMS................ - 1991-92

119......Jade HUGHES........................ - 2006-07

7. 116......Tonia GERTY..................... - 2008-09

8. 114......Tula ZECOPOULOS.......... - 1989-90

114......Waynetta VENEY................... - 1996-97

10. 109.....Jade HUGHES.................... - 2008-09

COFC DI CAREER ASSIST LEADERS

1....460....Tonia GERTY.........................- 2007-11

2....413....Jade HUGHES..................... - 2005-10

3....397....Marketta TALLEY................. - 2002-06

4....366....Jillian Brown................. 2010-present

5....303....Sara WEAVER..................... - 1997-01

......303....Shanna MICKENS............... - 2000-04

7....273....Debbie TROWBRIDGE........ - 1993-97

8....257....Rachel KING........................ - 2001-05

9....254....Natalie SEEL........................ - 1990-94

10..242....Maria WILLIAMS.................. - 1990-93


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