ELON, N.C. – The Elon University women’s basketball team plays its first home game in 32 days on Wednesday, Dec. 28, when the Phoenix hosts King University inside Alumni Gym. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Fans can watch the game exclusively on Phoenix All-Access and the Colonial Athletic Association’s digital network, CAA.tv.
THE SERIES: Wednesday marks the first meeting between Elon and King.
ABOUT KING: King enters Wednesday’s game with a 7-3 mark this season and has won five of their last six games. Head coach Josh Thompson is in his sixth season and has led the Tornado to four straight Conference Carolinas Tournament appearances. Notable King University alumni include Mike Helton (President of NASCAR), Chad Keen (Mayor of Bristol, Tenn.) and best-selling author, Patricia Cornwell.
LOOKING BACK: Elon won two games at the GSU Holiday Classic after posting victories over Akron and host-school Georgia State last week. Shay Burnett and Essence Baucom were named to the GSU Holiday Classic All-Tournament team and helped the maroon and gold improve to 7-4 on the year.
RACKING UP THE AWARDS: Elon freshman guard Ra’Shika White has been named the CAA Rookie of the Week twice this season up to this point, while freshman guard Jada Graves has earned the accolade once. Shay Burnett was named CAA Player of the Week on Dec. 26, as well.
MILESTONE WATCH: Senior guard Lauren Brown has accumulated 903 career points heading into Wednesday. Not far behind, senior forward Jenifer Rhodes has 848 career points and junior guard Shay Burnett has tallied 867 career points.
LOOKING AHEAD: Following Wednesday’s game against King, the Phoenix begins CAA play on Jan. 2 against College of Charleston inside Alumni Gym.
OFF THE BENCH: The Elon reserves have been outstanding so far this season, outscoring their counterparts by a 28-point margin on the year, 224-196.
HEAD COACH CHARLOTTE SMITH: Elon head coach Charlotte Smith is in her sixth season with the Phoenix and owns career record of 94-74. Smith has led Elon to two straight WNIT appearances and three overall post-season appearances in the last five seasons. Her teams have won 18 or more games in three of the last four seasons heading into 2016-17.