WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After starting December with back-to-back competitions on the road, the UNCW women’s basketball team can pack the bags for Sunday’s game as the Seahawks welcome longtime rival East Carolina to the Trask Coliseum for a non-conference matter at 2 p.m. .
Sunday’s game, which marks the Seahawks’ only home outing in December, can be seen online through FloHoops (subscription required) with John smist and Marianna Pinto provide the comment. In addition, simulcast audio will be available in the Wilmington area on 95.9 The Breeze.
Fans are encouraged to wear their ugly holiday jerseys to the game in honor of the Seahawks’ last game before the Christmas holidays. In addition, Seahawk Sports Marketing will be running its Shoes for Socks promotion where fans can donate a pair of children’s shoes in exchange for a free pair of UNCW branded socks.
Now 2-6 on the season, UNCW returned from a 15-day break for fall semester exams on Thursday night and abandoned a verdict of 67-56 in Norfolk State. Custody of graduate students Sierra DaCosta is the author of his seventh double-digit score in eight games scoring 13 points, while the redshirt senior forward Micah Hoggatt added 12 points with eight rebounds, which equates to his career high.
DaCosta, a former letter-winner from East Carolina, continues to anchor the Seahawks’ offense with a 13.3 point average. Upper guard Carrie Gross follows in second with a clip of 11.0 while pacing the team with a field goal percentage of 0.479.
East Carolina (5-6) have lost three of their last four games following a 75-59 loss to North Carolina A&T on Thursday night. Junior Guard Taniyah thompson, the Pirates’ top scorer, recorded her fourth 20-point effort of the season in loss with a 22-point performance, including a 4-of-9 effort in a three-point range.
Thompson, starting in all 11 games, averages 15.9 points per game for Coach Kim McNeill‘s club and has a team record of 17 three-pointers.
Five facts to know
Hello old friend – Sunday’s game marks the 58th all-time meeting between the Seahawks and the Pirates. The 57-game streak is the fourth longest in UNCW women’s basketball history, behind James Madison (77 games), William & Mary (75 games) and George Mason (64 games).
Wreak havoc –UNCW have forced their opponents to commit 76 turnovers in the last three games after Norfolk State had 23 errors on Thursday night.
A birthday present in advance – UNCW Women’s Basketball Operations Director Keyana Brown will celebrate his birthday on Monday, December 20.
View from the top – Superior guard Carrie Gross pace the Colonial Athletic Association with a free throw percentage of 0.944. Gross also made 14 straight free throws after going 2-2 on Thursday.
The misfortunes of the road – East Carolina have lost all five of their road games this season following Thursday’s loss to North Carolina A&T.