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UNCW Sinks ECU Behind Second-Half Surge

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 11/20/2011
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW pulled away from in-state rival East Carolina on the strength of a 12-1 second half run to earn a 64-53 victory in women's collegiate basketball action Sunday afternoon at Trask Coliseum.

Playing at home for the first time this season,, the Seahawks boosted their mark to 1-3 overall as they picked their second straight victory over the Pirates, who saw their record leveled at 2-2.

Ayoola Weaver led UNCW with a double-double in her first start in a Seahawk uniform, scoring 11 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Alisha Andrews was the Seahawks' high scorer with 13 and junior Tawanna Lee added 12 as UNCW connected on a season-high 45.6 percent (26-of-57) of its tries from the floor and committed a season-low 15 turnovers.     

Junior Shayla Hodges and freshman Dana Jones led the Pirates with nine points apiece as ECU was limited to just 39.2 percent (20-of-51) shooting and was charged with 24 turnovers. Senior Britny Edwards added eight points and a team-best seven rebounds.

Clinging to a 38-37 advantage with 12:46 remaining, a three-pointer from the right side by Andrews, one of five UNCW had on the night, sparked the game-changing run that gave the Seahawks a 50-38 advantage at the 9:43 mark.

UNCW coasted from that point on, never allowing ECU to cut the lead to single digits. A driving layup by Andrews at the 5:59 mark gave the Seahawks their largest lead of the game, 57-42.

In a tight first half that saw neither team would hold more than a four-point advantage, UNCW jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead with an Andrews' three-pointer, only to see ECU come roaring back with a 9-1 run to take a 12-8 advantage.

The two sides would battle back and forth through the remainder of the opening frame until a deep two from Hodges with 44 seconds remaining gave the Pirates a slim 29-27 lead at halftime.

UNCW will take a nine-day break from competition before traveling to the Buckeye State to challenge Mid-American Conference foe Ohio Nov. 30 in an 11 a.m. matinee. The Pirates host Delaware State Saturday at 4 p.m. in the ECU Thanksgiving Tournament.

GAME NOTES: UNCW improved to 23-31 all-time against ECU as it also moved to 14-12 all-time at home versus the Pirates ...  A total of 1,052 fans took in the home opener for the Seahawks ... The 2010-11 team was recognized for reaching the postseason WNIT prior to the start of the contest ... The Seahawks improved to 31-8 all-time in home openers and stretched their current winning streak in Trask debuts to eight straight ... UNCW outscored ECU, 40-26, on points in the paint and enjoyed a 19-8 edge in points off turnovers ... The Seahawks reached double figures in steals for the third time this season as they recorded a season-high 17 steals ... The Seahawks dished out double-figure assists for the fourth time this season and the eighth straight contest dating back to last season as it finished with 15 assists .... ECU out-rebounded UNCW, 37-36, for the contest... The Pirates' bench notched 28 points compared to 18 for the Seahawks reserves ... The Seahawks 45.6 field goal percentage was a season-high ... Both teams shot below 60 percent from the free-throw line (UNCW 7-of-14; ECU 10-of-18) ... UNCW held a double-digit lead for the first time this season as it improved to 21-3 under Coach Cooper-Dyke when doing so.


2 - Tawanna Lee

  • Reached double figures in points for the first time in her career.
  • Led team in assists for the second time this season.

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures for third straight contest and the 22nd time in her career.
  • Led team in scoring for the third straight contest and the eighth time in her career.
  • Moved into ninth place on the program's career three-point field goals made chart with her three at the 12:46 mark of the second half. The three was the 80th of her career.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Matched her career high with five steals, set last season at Wofford (11/24/10).

32 - Ayoola Weaver

  • Posted the first double-double of her career
  • Led team in rebounding for the first time in her career.
  • Reached double figures in points for the second time this season.


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