WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The William and Mary Tribe women's basketball team closes the curtain on a three-game road trip Sunday, Feb.5, as it takes on the UNCW Seahawks. Tip-off from Trask Coliseum in Wilmington, N.C., is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can follow all of the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live video, audio, and stats.
Tribe Storylines -
- Playing in its third consecutive road game, the Tribe will make the four-hour bus ride into Seahawk country looking to capture a CAA road win. On Thursday, W&M fell at Hofstra in a hard fought conference game, 82-75. In the defeat, five Green and Gold players notched double-digit scoring totals, leading the attack was junior center Jaclyn McKenna, who poured in 16. In their last outing, UNCW dropped a close contest to No. 12 Delaware, 62-53. Karneshia Garrett and Abria Trice, who each tallied 10 points, led the Seahawks against the Blue Hens.
- Leading the Tribe is a couple of juniors having career seasons - Janine Aldridge and Emily Correal. The sharpshooting Aldridge is averaging a team-high 15 points per game. Now standing as the College's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 205, Aldridge is connecting on 43.3 percent of her attempted shots. Against Hofstra, Correal recorded her 10th double-double of the season, compiling 14 points to go along with 12 rebounds. At one point during the season the junior forward notched six straight double-double's. For the year, the Venetia, Pa. native is averaging 14 points and 9.5 boards a game.
- Sunday's matinee from Trask Coliseum will be the first of two regular season match-ups between W&M and UNCW this season. The Tribe returns the favor, and plays host to UNCW from Kaplan Arena on Feb 19. William and Mary leads the all-time series against the Seahawks, 30-26. Last year, UNCW swept the season series against the Tribe, which included an 82-59 win in Wilmington. The College's last win at UNCW came during the 2007-08 campaign when the Green and Gold downed UNCW, 67-57.
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is in her second season as the UNCW head coach, compiling a career record of 109-81 in six seasons. This Seahawks enters Sunday's game with an overall record of 13-8 and a CAA ledger of 6-4.
Leading a balanced Wilmington attack is sophomore guard Alisha Andrews. Back in November, Andrews tallied an impressive 23 points against N.C. State out of the ACC. For the year, Andrews is averaging a team-best 12.6 points a game. A native of Stone Mountain, Ga., Andrews notches 2.9 steals per contest, which ranks 34th in the country. Forward Kameshia Garret chips in with 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing.
As a team, the Seahawks are averaging 62.3 points per game, which ranks eighth in the CAA, while ranking third in 3-pointers made per outing at 5.3. Defensively, UNCW allows 65.3 points per game, which is seventh best in the league however, the Seahawks rank second in the CAA in steals per game with 10.7.
Throughout her career senior guard Katherine DeHenzel has been an assist machine. The Bowie, Md., native has 379 career dimes, which ranks third all-time in school history. What makes the senior floor general so effective is that she doesn't turn the ball over. For the season, DeHenzel has 129 assists compared to just 69 turnovers, giving her an assist to turnover ratio of 1.86. DeHenzel is on pace to break the single season assist to turnover ratio of 1.74 set by Jami Lange during the 2001-02 season.
Over the last two seasons, junior's Jaclyn McKenna and Emily Correal have established impressive games started streaks. Coming in to Sunday's match-up McKenna will be carrying a 51-game starting streak, while Correal rides in on a 40-game mark.
Against Northeastern on Jan. 29, the shooting performance by Janine Aldridge shattered multiple school records. For the game, the sharpshooting junior scored a career-high 27 points, connecting on nine 3-pointers out of 19 attempts. With the nine triples made against NU, Aldridge became the College's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 205 career treys. Aldridge also set the W&M single-game record for 3-pointers made with nine. Just 21 games in to the 2011-12 season, her 76 3-pointers break the old single-season mark of 72 previously held by Courtney Portell. The nine drained triples also stands as second all-time in the CAA for 3-pointers made in a game. Aldridge became only the fourth player in conference history to hit nine threes in one contest.
Tribe in the National
In the latest national rankings released by the NCAA on Feb. 3, William and Mary and its players were well represented in some impressive categories. As a team, W&M ranks 36th nationally in scoring, averaging 71.8 points a game. The Green and Gold is ranked eight in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (37.6 percent) and 21st in assists per game at 16.5. Individually, junior Janine Aldridge ranks second in the country in 3-pointers made per game at 3.6, while also placing 20th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 40.9 percent. Senior Katherine DeHenzel comes in at 15th nationally, averaging 5.8 assists per game and junior Emily Correal checks in at 16th in the country with 10 double-doubles on the year.