Coming off a 61-59 overtime victory this weekend, the Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team moved up two spots to No. 12 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 poll released on Wednesday.
Winners of 15 straight, the Sea Devils join No. 7 Bryant & Stratton and No. 19 Louisburg College as three Region 10 conference members were listed in the national rankings. Cape Fear dropped its only game of the year to the Bobcats on November 7 and look to avenge that loss next month.
Following Louisburg’s win over Bryant & Stratton earlier Wednesday, the Sea Devils moved into a first-place tie atop league standings, with a 7-1 mark.
“We were very fortunate to come out with a win on Sunday,” said CFCC first-year Coach Chris Harris. “I believe the No. 12 ranking ties the highest ranking by the women’s team. Every day we are trying to stay focused on improving and not so much on rankings.”
The Sea Devils are ranked sixth nationally in field goal percentage (45.7%), averaging 77.9 points per game. They are listed fifth in points allowed per game (43.2), while holding opponents to 30 percent shooting.
“We played some of our best defense during the game against Brunswick Community College on Friday, but need to keep that intensity going for all four quarters,” Harris added. “This weekend’s game will be another tough test for our team.”
Cape Fear has used a balanced scoring attack to gain a 15-1 overall mark as just two players average double figures. Sophomore Jasmine Brown is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.9 points and 7.8 boards per game. Freshman Destiny Campbell (11.5ppg) and sophomore Monica Alexander (9.4ppg) have also served as viable scoring threats, while De’najah Porter (9.6ppg/6.5rpg) has begun to make more of an impact moving through her rookie season.
No. 11 Cape Fear gets back on the floor for back-to-back road games against Guilford Tech and Patrick Henry CC on Jan. 30-31.