Seahawks Sink Bucs Ship With Late Run
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
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.
2 - Tawanna Lee
4 - Alisha Andrews
32 - Ayoola Weaver
42 - Karneshia Garrett