Women's Basketball Game Day: Hatter Classic
The Lady Wildcats (3-5) return to the Hatter Classic for the second straight year, opening play on Tuesday with a matchup against UNC Asheville (2-8) at 3 p.m. In tournament play on Wednesday, B-CU faces Georgia Southern (1-5), also at 3 p.m. Both games will be played at Stetson's Edmunds Center in DeLand.
About the Lady Wildcats
The most consistent piece of the B-CU puzzle in 2012-13 has been transfer guard Chastity René Taylor, who leads the team in minutes (30.4 MPG), scoring (14.5 PPG) and three-point shooting (2.5 PG, .323). Against EWC, Taylor put in just 20 minutes, but logged 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-3 from long range. That kind of marksmanship would go a long way toward B-CU success in the Hatter Classic.
Amanda Hairston is also a steady foundation piece for B-CU. The junior center adds 12.1 points per game and tops the team in rebounds (8.3 RPG) and blocks (2.0 BPG), and ranks 13th in the nation in field goal percentage (61.8 percent). Hairston is a force inside and getting her game going has proven to free up the entire offense.
As of late, B-CU has received solid performances on-and-off from Shakeyia Colyer (6.1 PPG), Terrenisha Hollis (7.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG) and Jasmine Evans (6.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG), but putting it all together consistently will make this team a formidable foe.
About the UNC Asheville Bulldogs
The Bulldogs have had their own struggles of late, snapping a four-game losing streak with a dominating 70-48 win over Columbia College, but falling at home in their last outing to Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State, 71-62.
The Bulldogs are led by super sophomore guard Shonese Jones, who tops the team with 14.4 points per game and has logged double figures for four straight contests. She is also among the leaders distributing the ball, logging 2.7 assists per game. The three-point shooting honor belongs to senior guard Grace Blaylock, hitting 1.6 per game, an area that has impacted early deficits for B-CU this season.
The other UNCA consistent threat is redshirt senior Kelli Riles, who has collected 10 or more boards in five games and leads the team with 8.3 RPG along with 12.1 PPG. Statistically, UNCA looks very similar to B-CU with a mixture of experience and youth and points spread around.
About the Georgia Southern Eagles
GSU opens its toughest stretch of the year, on a six-game road trip with just one win to their credit. They will face host Stetson on Tuesday before taking on the Lady Wildcats on Wednesday. First year Head Coach Chris Vozab takes a team in transition, mixed with upper and underclassmen, and has had a rough start so far at 1-5, finding challenges on both ends of the court. GSU has scored under 50 in four-of-five losses this season, while allowing opponents to break the 70-point barrier in three. Forcing turnovers has not been a strong point, with a season high of just 13 in 2012-13.
Junior guard Mimi Dubose and sophomore guard Anna Claire Knight consume the majority of the Eagles' minutes, also leading the scoring at 14.7 and 9.7 PPG, respectively. Dubose is the perimeter threat, hitting 2.8 threes per game on 35.9 percent shooting, but she is alone from long range. Dubose also leads primary rotation players in shooting, hitting 39.1 percent from the field. Knight is a shooter, but hits just 28.8 percent of her shots.
On the glass, GSU has been outrebounded by a 6.3 margin each outing. Knight (5.3 RPG) joins Sierra Kirkland (6.3 RPG) as the team's rebounding leaders. Kirkland averages 4.7 points on offense.
One area where GSU's main players excel is at the free throw line, with four-of-five starters shooting over 70 percent; an area where B-CU has struggled this season mightily.
During the Hatter Classic Games
Live Stats: Stetson will be providing live stats for all games in the Hatter Classic. Thanks to our shared partnership with SU through Neulion, the live stats will be available on www.B-CUathletics.com, for the direct link, Click Here for UNCA and Click Here for GSU.
None of the games will be streamed live during the Hatter Classic.
Game Day Hashtags
For all of our followers on Twitter, the Hatter Classic official game day hashtags include the following...
#BeatUNCA - Tuesday (3 p.m.)
#BeatGaSouthern - Wednesday (3 p.m.)