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2017-18 Women's Basketball Thread
Coming off an 81-37 exhibition win over D-III Greensboro College and a 73-64 win over UNC Pembroke on Sunday, the Seahawk Women won an exciting and impressive game over ECU, 66-62 at Trask tonight.

ECU pressed nearly the whole game, and did give the Hawks problems with it. They also had some very good outside shooting. But UNCW had leads of 11 at the half and 10 entering the 4th quarter, and in scrappy, fashion, held on to the victory. This is a game we surely would have lost in the past; we lost to the Pirates 75-65 last year in Greenville.

What was particularly impressive about tonight's win was that the Seahawks survived despite a quiet night from Senior shooting guard Madison Raque (4 points, 1-8 shooting). We made up for it with impressive efforts from Sophomore point guard Moriah Crisp (17 points, 6 assists, 3 steals), Sophomore guard Lacey Suggs off the bench (20 points on 6-7 shooting, 8 rebounds), and RS Senior forward Jenny DeGraaf (13 points, 4-5 from three, 6 rebounds). Crisp and DeGraaf each played a gutty 40 minutes, seemingly willing the team to victory. And Suggs' stat-line would have been even more impressive if she hadn't gotten into foul trouble, limiting her to 26 minutes.

Coach Barefoot is impressing already with her scheme and energy from the sidelines. The 2-0 Hawks appear to be in very good hands.

Next up, the Seahawks hit the road to face Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 2 PM, followed by a date with UNC in Chapel Hill on Wednesday, November 22.
11-15-2017 09:52 PM
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The Women's team faces UNC (2-2) on the road tomorrow @ 2 PM. It will be just the 2nd meeting between UNCW and UNC all-time. The last game between the 2 squads was in 1998, when UNC won by an 88-43 margin.

The Lady Seahawks (2-1) look to bounce back after a 57-41 loss @ Coastal Carolina on Saturday. In fact, we've now lost 5 straight road games dating back to last season. Our most recent road win was on February 10th against Towson.

Senior shooting guard Madison Raque especially hopes to get back on track. In her last 2 games against ECU and Coastal, she's only made 1 shot in 20 attempts (.050 FG %).
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11-22-2017 01:17 AM
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Raque made 5 out of 9 field goals including 4 out of 7 three-pointers, but UNCW was down 15 after one quarter and lost 86-60. How do you pronounce "Raque"?
11-24-2017 09:58 AM
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Rocky. I spent all of last year saying Rack and then was corrected finally.

(11-24-2017 09:58 AM)EvanJ Wrote:  Raque made 5 out of 9 field goals including 4 out of 7 three-pointers, but UNCW was down 15 after one quarter and lost 86-60. How do you pronounce "Raque"?
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The Seahawks beat VCU (0-6) tonight, 83-67, to improve to 4-3. We're now 4-0 at Trask so far this season under Coach Barefoot.

The team looked good tonight. We had a lot of pretty finishes around the rim and attacked the offensive glass (12 OREB's, 15 second chance points).

Lacey Suggs led the way in scoring with 24 points (9-18). Madison Raque finished with 17 and had 6 rebounds and 3 steals, while Timber Tate added 16. Jenny DeGraaf (8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal) would have had a bigger impact on the game had she not gotten called for a few ticky tack fouls, keeping her off the floor with foul trouble most of the way.

I was also impressed with freshman PG Grace Sacco, who started the game and played 14 of the 20 first half minutes and collected 6 assists. She looked like Ricky Rubio out there with some of her passes. Though, much like Rubio, she needs to work on her jumper (0 points, 0-2 shooting). She has plenty of time to do that, and confidence seems to be her biggest issue there.

Our usual starting PG, Moriah Crisp, played 26 minutes off the bench, most of them in the 2nd half. I think Coach Barefoot wanted to split the duties for the two PG's and see how they'd handle, essentially, one half each. Combine the efforts of the two PG's and they finished with 7 points, 11 assists and a steal in their 40 combined minutes on the court. Very solid.

The team is playing hard and has provided a lot of entertainment value so far in the young season. Already they're passing the "eye test" under Coach Barefoot in ways I never saw under the previous regime. There's a solid plan in place and the team is responding to her well.

The Seahawks stay home to face NC Central (1-3 vs. D-I) on Sunday @ 2 PM.
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I played ball with a guy the other night that goes to ODU. While Coach Barefoot was at ODU, he assisted as a member of their practice squad for the ODU women's team (and still does as a grad student). He saw my UNCW warmup jacket and struck up a conversation praising Coach Barefoot. Was a cool experience.

The best part, was he thought I was a grad student and asked if I'd be interested in practicing with them. Told the fella I'm 36, with a full time job and wish I had the time for such things. Plus, if I were ever to assist a team it would be UNCW. He chuckled and said, "fair enough".
11-30-2017 06:51 AM
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Timber Tate finally broke loose with a solid all around game. She was overdue. We need her to play that way for this team to succeed.
Hard to believe VCU hasn't won a game. They tall and long down low and had a number of blocked shots. The Lady Seahawks battled through foul trouble and played hard, taking advantage of a number of VCU miscues.
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(11-30-2017 10:31 AM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  Timber Tate finally broke loose with a solid all around game. She was overdue. We need her to play that way for this team to succeed.
Hard to believe VCU hasn't won a game. They tall and long down low and had a number of blocked shots. The Lady Seahawks battled through foul trouble and played hard, taking advantage of a number of VCU miscues.

VCU looked out of sorts very early in the game, like they were a D-II or D-III squad. But over the course of the game, they played us tough, and we didn't put them away until pretty late.

# 20 for them made something like her first 8 shots. She was impressive.

Agreed on Timber. She wasn't in there late in the contest despite not being in foul trouble (while just about everyone else was), which makes me think maybe she still has some work to do on the defensive end. But she's been one of my favorite players since she arrived on campus. She can knock down shots from everywhere. And I think if she uses shot fakes and attacks the rim a little more, she can draw a lot of fouls too.
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(11-30-2017 11:31 AM)Seahawk Nation 08 Wrote:  
(11-30-2017 10:31 AM)SEA33HAWK Wrote:  Timber Tate finally broke loose with a solid all around game. She was overdue. We need her to play that way for this team to succeed.
Hard to believe VCU hasn't won a game. They tall and long down low and had a number of blocked shots. The Lady Seahawks battled through foul trouble and played hard, taking advantage of a number of VCU miscues.

VCU looked out of sorts very early in the game, like they were a D-II or D-III squad. But over the course of the game, they played us tough, and we didn't put them away until pretty late.

# 20 for them made something like her first 8 shots. She was impressive.

Agreed on Timber. She wasn't in there late in the contest despite not being in foul trouble (while just about everyone else was), which makes me think maybe she still has some work to do on the defensive end. But she's been one of my favorite players since she arrived on campus. She can knock down shots from everywhere. And I think if she uses shot fakes and attacks the rim a little more, she can draw a lot of fouls too.

Funny thing is VCU was hitting everything in warmups. But when the game started, it was like they got super anxious. They threw up some ugly bricks early on. #20 seemed to get them settled and on track with her scoring. Can't believe they are 0-6.
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Timber Tate is a hell of a sports name
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