The National Junior College Athletic Association released its latest Division II Top 20 poll on Wednesday and the Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team moved up one spot to No. 15.
They are joined by Bryant & Stratton College (No. 9) and Louisburg College (No. 19) as three Region X programs listed in this week’s national rankings.
With just one game under the belt in 2016, the Sea Devils turn their attention to conference play, with games against Lenoir Community College on Thursday, Jan. 14 and a key matchup at Louisburg on Saturday, Jan. 16.
“It’s been a slow start coming back from the holiday break,” said CFCC First-Year Coach Chris Harris. “With one game played and another game canceled, we are in desperate need to play the Lenoir game. After Thursday, this weekend could end up being a big part of where we end up in the final standings.”
Cape Fear takes a 10-game winning streak into this week, having dropped just one game all season, with a 10-1 overall mark and 2-1 record inside league play. The Sea Devils are 3-0 on their home floor, 5-0 at neutral sites and look to improve their 2-1 road mark with games against Louisburg and Catawba Valley this weekend.
“We need to keep our focus on tomorrow’s game at Lenoir,” Harris added. “But, this weekend looks to be our most important and toughest remaining road trip, outside of perhaps the Guilford Tech trip at the end of the month. I think we’ve had a week of good practices since the Wake Tech game and look forward to the next few games this week.”
With a 53.6 shooting percentage, sophomore Jasmine Brown is ranked 31st in the nation in field goal percentage. The Sea Devils are shooting 47.1 percent as a team, which is good for third in the country among Division II members. Brown is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game.
Cape Fear is also ranked in the Top 15 in total points (78.0) per game. The Sea Devils have dominated their schedule thus far, with just two results having been decided by three points or less. Those games came during the Brunswick Holiday Classic against Harford Community College (Maryland) and Chattanooga State Community College (Tennessee).
Following Thursday’s home game, Cape Fear faces Louisburg and Catawba Valley in back-to-game matchups this weekend. They return home for their cross-river rivalry game against Brunswick Community College on Friday, Jan. 22.