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Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 12/16/2011
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CHARLESTON, South Carolina - UNCW closed the contest on a 20-9 run to erase a nine-point deficit and defeat Charleston Southern, 72-70, in collegiate women's basketball action Friday at the Charleston Southern Field House.

The Seahawks improved to 5-4 overall as they won their third straight over the Lady Buccaneers and improved to 22-1 all-time against the Palmetto State rivals. CSU, meanwhile, dipped to 6-3 overall as they suffered their first home loss this season.

Junior Karneshia Garrett scored 11 of her team-high 18 points in the second half to power a UNCW lineup that shot a season-high 50.9 percent (29-of-57) from the floor for the contest. Sophomore Alisha Andrews chipped 15 points, 12 of which came after intermission, while juniors Tawanna Lee and Ayoola Weaver added 14 and 10 points, respectively, to give the Seahawks four double-figure scorers for the third straight contest.

Junior Rachelle Coward poured in a game-high 27 points to lead three CSU players in double figures as juniors Helen Terry and Lakeitha Alston pitched in 15 and 13, respectively.  

Moments after a three-pointer from Coward gave CSU its largest lead of the game, 53-39, a driving layup by Andrews sparked an 11-0 run that pulled the Seahawks within three, 53-50, with 7:56 remaining.

The Lady Buccaneers responded to the UNCW charge with eight straight free throws to extend their lead back to nine, 61-52.

Andrews once again ignited the Seahawks response, rattling off eight straight points to power a 16-2 spurt that put UNCW ahead, 68-63, with just 2:20 on the clock.

Charleston Southern tied the game moments later, using a Coward three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Terry to knot the score at 68-all with 72 seconds remaining.

Lee knocked down a pair of free throws on UNCW's next possession put the Seahawks ahead, 70-68, while CSU was unable to score on its next possession as a Bratcher three-point from the right corner was short.

The two sides then traded empty possessions before Garrett pushed the Seahawks lead to four, 72-68, on a pair of made free throws with just 13 seconds remaining.

The Lady Buccaneers pulled within two on a Coward jumper with just two seconds remaining, but were unable to get the ball back before time expired as the Seahawks held on for the two-point victory.  

Leading 37-31 at halftime, CSU used a driving layup from Terry early in the second half to start a 14-4 run that put them ahead, 53-39, and set up the Seahawks comeback.

Both teams return to action Dec. 20 with 7 p.m. road contests. UNCW is at No. 9 Duke, while CSU takes on the host Gators in the University of Florida Tournament in Gainesville. 

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW improved to 22-1 overall against Charleston Southern and improved to 10-1 on the road all-time versus the Lady Buccaneers.
  • The Seahawks reached the 70-point plateau for the third straight contest and improved to 16-1 under Cooper-Dyke when scoring 70 or more points in a contest.
  • UNCW shot above 40 percent from the floor for the third straight contest and the fifth time this season. The Seahawks improved to 4-1 this season and 22-4 under Cooper-Dyke when shooting above 40 percent from the floor.
  • The game marked the first time in 13 contests that the Seahawks shot 50 percent or better from the floor. The last time they shot above 50 percent was at James Madison on March 2, 2011 (34-of-58).
  • The Seahawks posted 46-22 edge in points in the paint, including a 28-8 edge in the second half.
  • UNCW recorded double-figure assists for the ninth time this season and the 11th straight contest dating back to the end of last season as they finished with a season-low 10 helpers.
  • The Seahawks posted double-figure steals for the eighth time this season and the seventh straight contest as they recorded 10 during the contest.
  • UNCW out-rebounded its opponent for the third time this season as they held a 33-29 advantage on the glass. Garrett led the way for UNCW with seven rebounds.
  • The Seahawks finished with fewer than 20 turnovers for the third time in four games as they were charged with 17 miscues for the game.
  • UNCW improved to 3-0 this season and 15-3 under Cooper-Dyke when four players score in double figures.
  • The Seahawks improved to 1-0 this season and remained undefeated (4-0) under Cooper-Dyke against schools from South Carolina. Charleston Southern is the only South Carolina-based team UNCW will play during the regular season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

2 - Tawanna Lee

  • Reached double figures in points for the fifth time this season and the fifth time in the last six games.

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season and the 26th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in each of the last three games.
  • Paced team in assists for the seventh time this season and the 31st time in her career. Team is 22-9 during Andrew's career when she leads them in assists.

32 - Ayoola Weaver

  • Reached double figures in points for the third time this season. First time in double figures since scoring 11 against East Carolina on Nov. 20.

42 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season and the sixth straight contest.
  • Led team in scoring for the second time this season.
  • Paced team in rebounds for the fifth time this season.

 

 


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