Seahawks End Lady Monarchs Reign
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NORFOLK, Virginia - Sophomore Abria Trice poured in a career-high 20 points to lead UNCW to a 76-54 victory over Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at the Ted Constant Center.
The Seahawks picked up their third straight victory and their first win in 43 tries against the Lady Monarchs as they improved to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Lady Monarchs slipped to 6-13 and 3-4 with the 22-point setback.
Trice powered a UNCW lineup that shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the floor for the contest and knocked a season-high nine three-pointers as it was 9-of-20 (.450) from beyond the arc.
Junior Jessica Freeman and sophomore Alisha Andrews joined Trice in double figures as the duo tallied 16 points each. junior Ayoola Weaver pulled down a game-best 10 caroms and Trice pitched in a career-high nine caroms to power the Seahawks to a 44-28 advantage on the glass.
Senior Tia Lewis notched 16 points and junior Jackie Cook added 11 for ODU, who shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the floor, but finished the game with 21 turnovers.
Trice sparked UNCW to a 29-24 halftime advantage as she scored 12 points in the opening frame, including a pair of three-pointers and a free throw during a 20-10 run that erased a 14-9 Lady Monarchs edge and gave the Seahawks a five-point edge at the break.
Early in the second half, the two sides exchanged baskets before a jumper by Weaver at the 17:27 mark ignited a 17-4 spurt that gave the Seahawks a commanding 51-33 cushion with exactly 12 minutes remaining.
The Seahawks would maintained a double-figure advantage the rest of the way, using a 12-1 stretch in the final minutes to take its largest lead, 74-50, on a layup by junior Karneshia Garrett with 76 seconds left to play before the both sides exchanged baskets to determine the final margin.
Both teams return to action Thursday with 7 p.m. road contests. UNCW continues its three-game road swing at Northeastern while ODU travels to William and Mary.
4 - Alisha Andrews
10 - Abria Trice
24 - Jessica Freeman
32 - Ayoola Weaver