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Hometown Hero Trice Leads UNCW Past GSU

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Release: 02/09/2012
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Sophomore Alisha Andrews led all players with 22 points in the Seahawks 72-69 victory at Georgia State Thursday
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Sophomore Alisha Andrews led all players with 22 points in the Seahawks 72-69 victory at Georgia State Thursday

ATLANTA - Atlanta native Abria Trice hit a three-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer to lift UNCW to a 72-69 victory over Georgia State in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the GSU Sports Arena.

The Seahawks improved to 15-8 overall and 8-4 in league play with the last-second victory as they recorded their seventh win in the last eight outings. The Panthers, meanwhile, dropped to 7-16 and 1-11.

Trice finished the contest with 14 points and was one of three players to reach double figures for UNCW as sophomore and fellow Peach State native Alisha Andrews led all players with 22 points while junior Tawanna Lee added 16. Andrews and Lee finished with seven and six assists, respectively, highlighting a Seahawks lineup that recorded 15 assists in the contest.

Junior Cody Paulk tallied 16 points to pace three GSU players in double figures. Senior Chan Harris and sophomore Kendra Long chipped in 14 points each while Harris pulled down a game-best 13 rebounds as Georgia State held a commanding 51-28 advantage on the glass. 

Trice's game-winning trey halted a 6-0 spurt that had allowed the Panthers to tie the game at 69-all and came just seconds after the Panthers were unable to take the lead following a pair of missed free-throw attempts with 14 ticks on the clock.

On the final possession of the game, the Seahawks raced up court and called a timeout with 10 second remaining.

After the stoppage, Andrews got the ball at midcourt and drove the right side of the lane, drawing three defenders before dishing the ball into the corner for Trice, who knocked down the decisive basket as time expired.

Earlier in the contest, a 7-1 UNCW spurt broke a 29-all deadlock and gave the Seahawks a 36-30 lead late in the first half, only to see GSU counter with an 11-4 run that would extend into the second half and give the Panthers a 41-38 advantage.

A three-pointer by Lee finished off the Panthers spurt and ignited a 10-2 stretch that put UNCW in front, 48-43. The two sides would then exchange baskets over the next three minutes before back-to-back baskets by Andrews and a layup by junior Ayoola Weaver gave the Seahawks their largest lead of the game, 62-54, at the 6:57 mark.

GSU answered the run with nine of the next 12 points to trim the UNCW advantage to 65-63 with just 3:52 showing on the clock. Andrews restored the Seahawks two-possession edge, 69-63, with a pair of free throws and a jumper, but Paulk knocked down a pair of free throws to ignite the Panthers rally and set the stage for the game's dramatic final seconds.

Both teams return to action Sunday with 2 p.m. home matinees. UNCW takes on Old Dominion while GSU entertains No. 12 Delaware.

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW evened the all-time series with Georgia State at 7-all as it picked up its second straight victory in the series and snapped a four-game losing skid at the GSU Sports Arena.
  • The Seahawks surpassed the 70-point plateau for the eighth time this season and remained undefeated when doing so. UNCW also improved to 21-1 under second-year Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
  • UNCW shot better than 40 percent from the floor for the 13th time this season as it made 26-of-60 field goal attempts for the contest (.433). The Seahawks improved to 12-1 season and 30-4 under Cooper-Dyke when shooting above 40 percent from the field.
  • The Seahawks improved to 10-1 season and 28-4 under Cooper-Dyke when leading at halftime.
  • UNCW was 9-of-20 from three-point range as it knocked down seven or more nine or more three pointers for the second straight contest and the fourth time in the last six games.
  • The Seahawks posted double-figure assists for the 22nd time this season as it dished out 15 helpers in the contest.
  • UNCW posted double-figure steals for the 15th time this season and the first time in six games as it posted 13 thefts against the Panthers.
  • The Seahawks were charged with 20 or more turnovers for the second straight contest and the 10th time this season as they finished the game with 20 miscues.
  • Georgia State held a 40-22 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by an 18-6 edge in the first half.
  • The contest featured a total of eight ties and eight lead changes. Only two ties and two lead changes took place in the second half.
  • The Panthers 51-28 advantage on the glass was the largest rebounding differential for a UNCW opponent this season (+23). The previous high was 18 (51-33), set in the 83-64 loss at NC State on Nov. 16.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

2 - Tawanna Lee

  • Reached double figures in points for the second straight contest and the 12th time this season.
  • Matched season high with six assists, a total reached on three previous occasions.

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in points for the 16th time this season and the 35th time in her career.
  • Led team in scoring for the ninth time this season and the 14th time in her career.
  • Led team in assists for the 15th time this season and the 39th time in her career.
  • Moved into sixth place on the program's career assists chart with her seven assists against the Panthers. Surpassed Kim Bush (sixth/274) and Latonia Beale (seventh/273) during the contest.
  • Matched her season high with five steals against the Panthers, equaling mark set on three previous occasions.
  • Equaled her season high in rebounds with six, set against Northeastern on Jan. 26.

10 - Abria Trice

  • Reached double figures in points for the 10th time this season. Has scored in double figures in each of the last four contests.
  • Matched career high with four steals, equaling total set against VCU on Jan. 8.

32 - Ayoola Weaver

  • Led team in rebounding for the eighth time this season.

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