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n paper the 2007-08 edition of the UNCG womenâ€™s basketball team seems one destined for a rebuilding year. The squad lost their leading scorer, leading rebounder and best defender to graduation but donâ€™t count them out just yet. The Spartans return three-time Southern Conference All-Conference performer Kristen %RRQHDQGKDYHĂ€YHVHQLRUVZKRZLOOEHWKHKHDUW and soul of this seasonâ€™s squad. Last yearâ€™s team reached the 20-win plaWHDXIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHVLQFHWKHVHDVRQ and although they had a disappointing end to the season in the Southern Conference Tournament TXDUWHUĂ€QDOVZLWKWKHOHDGHUVKLSRIWKHXSperclassmen, this team is looking to make a deep run in the Southern Conference Championships and earn a spot to â€œThe Big Danceâ€?.
Coaching Staff UNCG head coach Lynne Ageee returns for her 27th year on the sidelines for the Spartans and her 30th year overall. Agee owns a 559-256 career record and stands tied forr 16th most victories among active Division I womenâ€™s basketball coaches. Last season Agee saw some important coaching milestones. She picked up her 500th victory at UNCG when the Spartans defeated Liberty and picked up her 550th career win during the season. Associate head coach Carol Peschel returns for herr 11th season in the role of associate head coach and her 24th overall year with the Spartans. Assistant coach Jon Hines also returns this season. Hines, who is entering his fourth year with the program, begins his second season as the second assistant after being elevated when former assistant coach Vickie Henson stepped down prior to last season. The Spartans welcome former Murray State standout Ashley Hayes to the staff this season. Hayes, replaces former Spartan assistant coach Amanda Eaton who took an assistant coaching position at Mars Hill. Guards Senior point guard Kristen Boone is no stranger to anyone in the Southern Conference. The 5-5, Upper Marlboro, MD native has been a vital part of this team since VKHĂ€UVWDUULYHGRQWKH scene in 2004. Boone is a threetime All-Southern Conference First Team performer and last season was no different. She was second on the team in scoring last season (10.8) and was Ă€UVWRQWKHWHDPLQIUHH throws made (94), steals (91) and assists (121). 6 â€˘ 2007-08 UNCG Womenâ€™s Basketball Media Guide
The senior also reac some impressive mi last season. In the s opener against UNC ington she picked u steals, one shy of th school record off 12 a new career high in when she dropped 2 points against Furm January 3rd. In addi with her 91 steals sh became UNCGâ€™s allsteals leader with 3 passing former Spa great Samika Foster who tallied 279 dur her career. Senior Kemen Brooks will also be ORRNHGXSRQWRĂ€OO the void left by the graduation of Jasmine Byrd. Brooks, who primarily played off of the bench last season, will be asked to step up and help shoulder the load in the backcourt. The Accokeek, MD native appeared in 29 gam and scored a season-high nine points on two occasions. Brooks also established herself at the free throw line and on four occasions was perfect from the charity stripe. For the Spartans to go, the coaching staff will be looking for Brooks to re-create some of the magic that she had during KHUVRSKRPRUHFDPSDLJQ6KHĂ€QLVKHGWKDW\HDU VWURQJDQGVFRUHGLQGRXEOHĂ€JXUHVLQHLJKWRIWKH lastt 13 games and earned SoCon Player of the Week honors. Junior back-up point guard Ashley Ling will also play an important role this year. Ling d i ll 30
games a year ago and had several impressive performances. She turned in a career performance in the season opener against UNC Wilmington by setting new career-highs in points Ă€HOGJRDOVPDGH IUHHWKURZVPDGH and steals (3). She also set a new career mark IRUDVVLVWVZLWKĂ€YHLQ81&*ÂˇVZLQRYHU Georgia Southern. Sophomore Lakiah Hyson will see more action this year after playing in 20 games last season. The Spartans will also bring three new guards into the backcourt mix Sharniece Wadelington, hama Banner and Monique yd. rwards e Spartans will be loaded th plenty of upperclassmen t this position and they will l be called upon to replace he loss of leading rebouder, KaLeah Latham from a year ago. Brittany Frazier came into her own light at the end of last season and will be a key player in UNCGâ€™s forward rotation. A transfer from Walters State Community College in 2005-
2007-08 UNCG Women's Basketball Media Guide