WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We attended media day at UNCW on Monday for the UNCW women’s basketball team.
“Your car breaks down to know you have money to fix it feels really good,” head coach Adell Harris said. “I am going to play a basketball game and I have six players doesn’t feel great.” There have been times that the bench has been thinner than thin for the UNCW women’s basketball team. Don’t look for that to be the case this season. The Seahawks have 15 players in all. In fact they held media day on Monday. Jordan Henry is a Seahawk senior. “I love media day,” Henry told WWAY. “It’s exciting because I get to express how excited we are for the season. We have every piece of the puzzle and that is what is really exciting for us and it’s fun to be able to express it to the public. We are ready to make some noise in the CAA.”
Lacey Suggs is now a Seahawk. The recent East Bladen High School grad is not on scholarship. She’s a preferred walk-on who will have to fight for playing time on the court by proving herself in practice. “The game is different,” Suggs told us on Monday. “I came from like you said, small school where I was up here. Now I am at a big school where there are people who are better than me. I am having to put in extra work. Just like working hard everyday to get to that level.”
The Seahawks begin the regular season at home in five more weeks against Norfolk State. Amber Reeves can not wait. “In October we’re playing against each other. To be able to beat down on somebody else will definitely be a good opportunity and good experience.”
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Prior to taking the Trask Coliseum court for their second practice of the season, Coach Adell Harris and the 2016-17 UNCW women’s basketball team met with members of the local media on Monday afternoon.
The Seahawks, who held their first official practice on Sunday afternoon, conducted more than 20 interviews with print, electronic and digital media outlets. In addition, a “Media Day Live” show was produced live via UNCW Athletics’ official Facebook page.
Harris, who enters her fifth year at the helm, enters the season with a group of six returning letter winners along with junior guard Jenny DeGraaf and junior forward Janeá Williams, who sat out last year after transferring from Penn State and North Florida, respectively.
Senior guard Jasmine Steele returns as the top scorer from last year after averaging 9.4 points per game while starting 19-of-30 contests.
UNCW also welcomes a group of seven newcomers to the roster, including three junior college transfers.
The Seahawks will have 30 games on their regular season schedule, including 15 home contests inside Trask Coliseum. The season opener will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, when UNCW hosts Norfolk State at 4:30 p.m.
Season tickets are available by calling the UNCW Athletics Ticket Office at 800-808-UNCW or by visitingUNCWSports.com/BuyTickets.