CHARLESTON, S.C. – Coming off a record-setting performance in their Senior Night win over UNCW on Wednesday, the College of Charleston women’s basketball team (10-18; 5-12 vs. CAA) will wrap up their regular season at home Saturday with a Noon showdown with top-seeded James Madison (23-5; 16-1 vs. CAA).
The Cougars ride the momentum of a historic 68-24 win over UNCW, which set the CofC All-Time Record for fewest points allowed in a game. The Cougars’ previous-best defensive effort was way back on Nov. 26, 1999, when CofC tallied a 53-27 win over Jacksonville. Records date back to the 1976-77 season, and since then, these are the only two instances of the College holding a team below 30 points.
Shannon Hines comes off the best game of her four-year CofC career, as she recorded career-highs in both scoring (16) and rebounds (six). Fellow senior Jackie Luna-Castro led the game in scoring with a career-best 23 points against the Seahawks on 10-of-13 shooting. Junior Nola Henry got into the mix as well, matching season-highs in both assists (nine) and steals (three).
Though it’s the last regular season game on the entire CAA docket, Saturday’s tilt with JMU is a meaningful one for the College, as the outcome of the game will determine their seeding. With a win, a series of tiebreakers would propel them into seventh past William & Mary. That would result in an opening-round showdown with Towson, the winner of whom would go on to play Drexel the following day. With a loss, the Cougars would remain in eighth and play UNCW, after which the winner would go on to play the Dukes.
The College has met JMU five times previously in women’s basketball, with James Madison controlling the 4-1 edge in the series. The two teams met previously this year in Harrisonburg, and though the Cougars started the game hot, JMU was ultimately the stronger team and prevailed 83-61. Bre Bolden led the Cougars in scoring with 13 points that night.
The Dukes locked up the top seed long ago, and are receiving national recognition by receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. As such, it’s no surprise that they lead the conference in a variety of categories, including scoring, scoring defense, scoring margin, FG% defense, 3-point defense, offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding, rebounding margin and blocks.
JMU small forward Jazmon Gwathmey has been arguably the best player in the CAA this season, ranking first in the conference in scoring, third in free-throw shooting, and fifth in both field goal percentage and blocks.
Tipoff is slated for noon in TD Arena. Tickets are still available, and can be obtained by visiting CofCSports.com/Tickets, or by calling (843) 953-COFC