Women's Basketball Preview (11/14-11/21)
The Pride enter the 2011-2012 season with high expectations and it's not hard to see why. Two different Division III polls have the team ranked in the Top 15 and they return several key players from last year's NCAA tournament team. Senior All-American Danielle Duncan will lead the way for Greensboro, while fellow senior Andrienne Terrell will take the point for The Pride. The women run a very unique style of play that Coach Randy Tuggle says is a very "exciting type of basketball to watch." This style, in addition to their excellent talent, makes the women a must see team at home this season.
Wednesday, November 16th vs. Guilford (5:00 p.m.)-The Pride will open the season with an exciting home match-up with cross-town rival Guilford College. The Quakers were picked to finish second in the ODAC this season behind defending champion Randolph-Macon. Guilford is led this season by its lone senior, Jazlyn Gibbs. Gibbs led the team last season with 14.8 point per game and 39 steals. Sophomore Morgan King also returns as a key player in the post. King posted a team high 7.9 rebounds per game last season, while blocking 28 shots and scoring 11.3 ppg. The Quakers return their third leading scorer as well, in sophomore forward Gabby Oglesby. As a freshman, she also averaged 11.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg, while blocking a team high 59 shots.
The Pride defeated Guilford at the Greensboro Coliseum last season, 81-57. Despite a slow start, Greensboro only led by five at the half, The Pride were able to pull away in the second, outscoring Guilford 48-29. Danielle Duncan posted a game high 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Andrienne Terrell dished out six assists. Jada Alvarado came off the bench to lead The Pride in rebounds with 10 and Bianca Richburg grabbed nine as well, while scoring 15 points. Gibbs paved the way for the Quakers with 23 points, two assists and two rebounds. No other player scored in double-digits, but Oglesby and Brittany Atwater grabbed seven rebounds a piece.
Guilford currently holds a narrow lead over The Pride in the all-time series, 14-12, but Greensboro has won the past four meetings against their cross-town rivals.
Friday/Saturday, November 18/19th at St. Mary's College Invitational (7:00 p.m./TBA)-The Pride hit the road for the first time this season for two games at the St. Mary's College Invitational. Greensboro will tip-off the tournament with a game against Cabrini College. The Cavaliers finished last season with a 10-15 record, 9-7 the conference. Cabrini lost their lead scorer from last season, but return senior Laura Caron who averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The Pride's second game will be determined following the opening round games.
This is the first ever match-up between the two teams.