With one game to go in the regular season, the Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team moved up one spot to No. 10 in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 poll released on Thursday.
Following back-to-back wins in South Carolina this weekend, the Sea Devils secured a top seed in the upcoming Region 10 Tournament, with a three-game road trip to close out its 2015-2016 slate.
“Being ranked is a testament to how hard we have worked this season and how responsive our players have been to a new coach coming in and doing a few things differently than what was done in the past,” said CFCC First-Year Coach Chris Harris. “I’m really proud of how far we have come to at this point. In all reality though, the ranking only matters if we make it to the national tournament.”
Cape Fear is currently ranked third in the nation with a 46.2 field goal percentage, averaging 78.3 points per game.
Led by leading scorer Jasmine Brown (12.7 ppg), the Sea Devils have four players averaging double figures. Destiny Campbell (11.3ppg) and Desaree Green (10.3ppg) have added a pair of scoring options at the forward position, while sophomore guard Monica Alexander chips in 10.7 points per game on average.
“The other thing that potentially is affected by our ranking is in recruiting,” Harris added. “Recruits like to see programs that are ranked in the Top 10 nationally.”
Cape Fear is 22-1 overall under the direction of Harris. The Sea Devils have cruised through their regular season schedule heading into the season finale at Brunswick Community College on Thursday, Feb. 25.
“Regardless of our ranking, we have two tough games on the road this weekend,” said Harris. “Playing back-to-back games on the road is never easy.”