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Seahawks Storm Back To Clip 49ers

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 12/07/2011
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Junior Chelsea McGowen posted her first career double-double in UNCW's 74-73 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday
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Junior Chelsea McGowen posted her first career double-double in UNCW's 74-73 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - UNCW closed the game on a 14-2 run to erase an 11-point deficit and post a 74-73 victory over Charlotte in collegiate women's basketball action Wednesday at Halton Arena.

The Seahawks improved to 3-4 on the season as they halted a five-game losing skid to the 49ers, who dropped their fourth straight contest to move to 5-4 on the campaign.

Sophomore Alisha Andrews poured in a career-high 25 points, including 21 in the second half, and added seven assists and five steals to highlight a UNCW lineup that shot 44.1 percent from the floor, including 47.5 percent in the second half, and saw four players reach double figures.

Junior Karneshia Garrett poured in 16 points, junior Jessica Freeman scored 13 and junior Chelsea McGowen finished with 10 to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double.

Sophomore Gabby Tyler scored 15 points to lead four Charlotte players in double figures. Junior Amanda Dowe pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to highlight a 49-35 advantage on the glass for the 49ers.

Down 71-60 with 3:36 remaining, a layup and back-to-back three pointers by Freeman ignited a 12-0 spurt that lasted just under three minutes and gave the Seahawks a 72-71 lead with only 20 seconds remaining.

Charlotte had a chance to tie the game on its next possession when sophomore Ny Hammonds was fouled and sent to the free-throw line for two shots with 13 ticks on the clock. Hammonds was unable to pull the 49ers even, however, as she missed both free throw attempts and McGowen was able to come up with the rebound off the second attempt for UNCW.

Charlotte was forced to foul Andrews on the Seahawks ensuing possession and the Stone Mountain, Ga., product calmly knocked down both free-throws to extend the Seahawks lead to 74-71.  

The 49ers trimmed the Seahawks advantage to one on their next possession with a back-door layup by Dowe, but were once again forced to foul, this time sending junior Brittany Gamby to the stripe for the one-and-one with two seconds remaining. Gamby's first free-throw was short, but Charlotte was unable to get the ball past midcourt before time expired.  

Earlier in the contest, a three-pointer from senior Epiphany Woodson sparked a 16-3 spurt that gave the 49ers a 22-15 lead with 8:50 remaining in the first half.

Charlotte would maintain its lead through the rest of the half, taking a 37-29 lead into the locker room before using a 7-2 spurt early in the second half to take its largest lead of the game, 53-39.

A 10-3 stretch would get the Seahawks within three, 59-56, but the 49ers responded with a 12-4 surge to pull ahead, 71-60, and set up UNCW's game-closing run.    

The Seahawks returns to action Saturday when they host long-time rival Campbell in a 2 p.m. matinee at Trask Coliseum.

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW improved to 12-5 all-time against Charlotte as it picked up its second road victory against the 49ers and the first since a 107-84 triumph on Feb. 18, 1982.
  • UNCW moved to 1-1 this season and improved to 6-1 under Cooper-Dyke in games against schools from North Carolina.
  • The Seahawks shot above 40 percent from the floor for the third time this season and the first time in three games. UNCW improved to 20-4 under Cooper-Dyke when shooting above 40 percent from the floor.
  • UNCW scored above 70 points for the first time this season and improved to 14-1 under Cooper-Dyke and 60-7 since the 2000-01 season when reaching the 70-point plateau.
  • UNCW's 45 points in the second half marked the first time this season UNCW has surpassed the 40-point plateau in a half.
  • The Seahawks recorded double figure steals for the sixth time this season.
  • UNCW posted double-figure assists for the seventh time this season and the ninth consecutive game dating back to the end of last season.
  • The Seahawks had four players score in double figures for the first time this season. UNCW improved to 13-3 under Cooper-Dyke when four players score in double figures.
  • UNCW committed a season-low 14 turnovers against the 49ers. It marked just the third time thi season that the Seahawks have been charged with less than 20 turnovers in a contest.
  • The Seahawks were held below 60 percent from the free-throw line for second straight contest and the fifth time this season.
  • All 11 players dressed for the Seahawks saw playing time during the contest, marking the first time during the regular season that has occurred.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in points for the fifth time this season. Surpassed the 20-point plateau for the second time this season.
  • Eclipsed previous career high of 23, set against NC State on Nov. 16.
  • Led team in scoring for the fifth time this season and the 10th time in her career.
  • Paced team in assists for the fifth time this season and the 29th time in her career.
  • With her seven assists tonight, became just the 16th player in program history to reach the 200-assist plateau.
  • Moved into sole possession of eighth place on the program's career three-pointers made chart with her three at the 9:21 mark of the second half.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Reached double figures for the second time this season and the 12th time in her career.
  • Set new season high in points, breaking old mark of 11 set against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 11.

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Reached double figures in points for the fourth time this season and the third straight contest.

42 - Chelsea McGowen

  • Scored in double figures for the first time in her career.
  • Set new career high in points, breaking old mark of eight, set against Washington State on Nov. 13.
  • Grabbed double figure rebounds for the first time in her career. Broke career high in rebounds, set against Washington State on Nov. 13.

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