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Seahawks X-out Musketeers, 59-52

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 12/29/2011
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        WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior forward Karneshia Garrett shook off early foul trouble to key a 14-6 spurt midway through the second half as UNCW trimmed Xavier, 59-52, in a non-conference women's basketball game Thursday at Trask Coliseum.

        The Seahawks improved to 6-5 overall and 6-4 in non-league games with the victory in the first meeting between the two teams. The Musketeers of the Atlantic 10 Conference never led in the game and dropped their fifth consecutive outing to freefall to 3-9.

        Sophomore playmaker Alisha Andrews led the Seahawks with 17 points, including 13 after intermission as the Seahawks pulled away from the visitors from Cincinnati. Sophomore guard Abria Trice complemented Andrews with a career-high 13 points.

        Senior guard Tyeasha Moss paced Xavier with 17 points and connected on 11-for-12 at the free throw line as the Musketeers drained 25-of-30 charity tosses. Sophomore guard Lynette Holmes added 10 points in the loss.

        UNCW forged out to a narrow 30-26 lead at halftime and withstood a late Xavier rally to win for the fourth time in five outings. The Seahawks held the Musketeers to a frosty 30.2 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers.

        The Muskeeters had trailed since the 17-minute mark of the first half before finally catching the Seahawks on a jumper by Moss with 14:40 remaining that tied the score at 35-all.

        With the score still knotted at 37-all, Andrews lofted in a high-arcing layup on the right side and then Garrett took over. The transfer from Pensacola Junior College scored six points in the decisive 14-6 run that was capped by a free throw from Tawanna Lee that extended the margin back to 51-41 at 4:55.

        Xavier managed to creep within 54-50 on a layup by Moss before the Seahawks sealed the win with 5-of-6 free throws in the final 38 seconds.

        UNCW capitalized on Xavier's cold shooting to jump out to an early 14-4 advantage. While the Musketeers were missing their first six field goal attempts, the Seahawks reeled off 10 straight points to take command.

        After Moss tied the game at 2-all with a pair of free throws, Lee started the spurt with a trey from the left wing and Ayoola Weaver's jumper along the right baseline staked the Seahawks to an early 14-4 margin at 14:36.

        With Garrett on the bench in foul trouble, Trice provided the spark offensively while the Musketeers struggled to find the basket. Xavier didn't score a field goal until 13:02 and missed 13 of its first 16 shots as UNCW built its largest lead, 29-18, on a pair of Trice free throws at 5:09.

        Xavier did cash in at the free throw line in the opening period. The Musketeers sank all 16 of their charity tosses in the first half to keep within striking distance, trailing 30-26 at intermission.

        The Seahawks conclude their non-conference slate on Monday with a 4 p.m. battle at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. The Musketeers open a two-game homestand on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. tip against Eastern Illinois.

      

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW improved to 19-44 all-time against schools from the Atlantic 10 as it won its third straight versus an A-10 opponent. The Musketeers dipped to 6-2 all-time against the CAA.
  • Xavier went 29-3 last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament
  • Xavier Head Coach Amy Waugh is in her first season with the Musketeers
  • The Seahawks held an opponent to fewer than 55 points this season and improved to 3-0 in those contests.
  • UNCW dished out double figure assists for the 11th time this season and the 13th straight game dating back to the end of last season.
  • The five field goals for the Musketeers were a season-low for a UNCW opponent in a half. The previous low was seven, set by East Carolina in the second half of their contest on Nov. 20.
  • The Seahawks failed to record double figure steals for the second straight game and the third time this season. UNCW leads the CAA in steals
  • UNCW was out-rebounded for the eighth time this season as Xavier held a 41-33 edge on the glass.
  • The Seahawks committed 15 or fewer turnovers for the third time this season as they were charged with 14 miscues.
  • Xavier's 25-of-30 performance (.833) at the free-throw line was a season-high for a UNCW opponent. The 25 free-throw makes were also a season-high for a Seahawks opponent.
  • UNCW did not trail in a game for the first time this season. The contest featured a total of three ties, the last of which occurred at the 13:49 mark of the second half.
  • UNCW held a 14-6 edge in points off turnovers and a 10-0 advantage in fast-break points.
  • The Seahawks improved to 4-0 this season and 24-3 under Cooper-Dyke when holding a lead of 10 points or greater in a contest. UNCW's largest lead of the game, 23-12, came at the 9:23 mark of the first half.
  • UNCW improved to 3-1 this season and 21-4 under Cooper-Dyke when holding a lead at the half.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

2 - Tawanna Lee

  • Matched her career high with six assists, set in the season opener against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 11.
  • Paced team in assists for the third time this season.

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures for the eighth time this season and the 27th time in her career.
  • Led team in scoring for the seventh time this season and the 12th time in her career.
  • Moved into sole possession of sixth place on the program's career three-point field goals with her three at the 17:44 mark of the second half. Has made 91 three-pointers in her career.

10 - Abria Trice

  • Reached double figures for the second straight contest and the third time this season.
  • Established new career high in points for the second straight contest, eclipsing her 12-point output at Duke on Dec. 20.

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Led team in rebounds for the sixth time this season.

 


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