Hometown Hero Trice Leads UNCW Past GSU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
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.
2 - Tawanna Lee
4 - Alisha Andrews
10 - Abria Trice
32 - Ayoola Weaver