TOWSON, Maryland – Junior Kelva Atkins poured in 21 points and freshman Brie Mobley added 15 to lead UNCW to a 54-53 victory over Towson in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Sunday at SECU Arena.

The Seahawks improved to 2-16 overall and 1-3 in CAA play as they halted a 14-game losing skid with the one-point victory. The Tigers, meanwhile, slipped to 8-9 and 2-2 with the setback.

Atkins was 7-of-14 from the floor while Mobley was 7-of-17 from the field to lead the UNCW attack. Freshman Ryan Flowers pitched in seven points and chipped in a team-high 10 rebounds.

Towson guard Dominique Johnson knocked down a school-record eight 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 27 points. Johnson was the only Tiger to reach double figures as senior Tanisha McTiller and LaTorri Hines-Allen chipped in eight points each. McTiller also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to give Towson a 41-30 advantage on the glass.

Moments after a free throw by Hines-Allen capped a 12-4 spurt that gave the Tigers a 41-37 lead midway through the second half, back-to-back baskets by freshman D’Asia Cain and Atkins sparked the Seahawks to score 10 of the next 12 points and start a 17-8 spurt that spanned more than nine minutes and gave UNCW a 54-49 lead with 2:34 remaining.

The two teams would then go more than a minute without a basket until a triple by Johnson from the top of the key pulled the Tigers within two, 54-52, with 1:16 on the clock.  

After the Seahawks were unable to convert on their next possession, the Tigers had an opportunity to tie the game as Johnson was fouled on her way to the basket with 10 seconds remaining. The sophomore guard would split her two attempts at the line and make it a 54-53 contest.

Atkins was fouled on the Seahawks next possession and was sent to the line for a 1-and-1 opportunity. Akins would miss her first attempt, allowing the Tigers one last opportunity.  The Tigers would get off a 3-point try by Johnson and a jumper by Hines-Allen before the buzzer, but both shots failed to find the bottom of the net to give the Seahawks the one-point triumph.  

In the first half, UNCW tallied the first six points of the contest on its way to building an early 14-9 advantage before the Tigers rattled off 10 unanswered points to take their first lead of the afternoon, 19-14.

Trailing 22-17 later in the frame, a layup and 3-pointer by Atkins on back-to-back possessions keyed a 10-3 spurt that lasted just 1:49 and put the Seahawks back in front, 27-25. The two teams would trade baskets over the remainder of the first half as a free throw by freshman Amber Reeves in the final minute put the Seahawks in front, 30-29, at the halftime break.  

Trailing 33-29 less than a minute into the second half, a layup by McTiller and a 3-pointer by Johnson kick started a 12-4 spurt that would give the Tigers a 41-37 edge with 12:01 remaining and set up the Seahawks game-changing run.  

Both teams return to action Jan. 23. UNCW hosts William & Mary while Towson travels to league newcomer College of Charleston. Start time for both contests is set for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW improved to 14-9 all-time against Towson as it picked up its fifth victory in 11 road contests against the Tigers.
  • The win halted the program’s longest losing skid since the 1995-96 season, a 21-game skid that closed out the campaign.
  • The Seahawks posted a 22-8 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 16-4 margin in the first half.
  • UNCW committed a season-low six turnovers, eclipsing the previous season low of seven set on two previous occasions.
  • The Seahawks enjoyed an 18-9 advantage in points scored off turnovers as it forced the Tigers into 15 turnovers.
  • UNCW recorded double-digit assists for the fifth time this season as it finished with 10 assists.
  • The Seahawks held an opponent below 36 percent shooting for the first time this season as it limited the Tigers to just 18-of-51 (.353) shooting for the contest, including a 7-of-26 (.269) effort in the second half.
  • Both teams struggled from the free-throw line as they were an identical 9-of-18 (.500) from the free throw line for the game.
  • The contest featured a total of seven ties and eight lead changes as neither team led by more than six points during the contest.
  • UNCW’s seven offensive rebounds against the Tigers were one shy of matching their season low of six, a total reached on two previous occasions.

PLAYER NOTES:

1 – Naqaiyyah Teague

  • Led team in assists for the fourth time this season.

2 – Brie Mobley

  • Reached double figures in points for the 10th time this season and the third time in the past four contests.
  • Led team in assists for the fifth time this season.

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Reached double figures in points for the 15th time this season and the 31st time in her career.
  • Led team in scoring for the 14th time this season and the 20th time in her career.
  • Surpassed the 20-point plateau for the third time this season the fifth time in her career.

45 – Ryan Flowers

  • Grabbed double-digit rebounds for the third time this season.
  • Led team in rebounding for the sixth time this season.