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UNCW Takes Care Of UNCP In Exhibition

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 11/03/2012
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Sophomore guard Kelva Atkins brings the ball up the court during the Seahawks exhibition contest against UNC Pembroke Saturday
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Sophomore guard Kelva Atkins brings the ball up the court during the Seahawks exhibition contest against UNC Pembroke Saturday
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Senior Karneshia Garrett scored 10 points and added 11 rebounds to record a double-double and lead UNCW to a 52-38 victory over UNC Pembroke in women's basketball exhibition action Saturday at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks, who extended their exhibition winning streak to seven games with the 14-point victory over the Braves, open the 2012 regular season Nov. 9 with a 7 p.m. contest at No. 22 West Virginia. The Braves open their regular season Nov. 10 versus Newberry at Wingate's OrthoCarolina Classic

Garrett was the only UNCW player to reach double figures as fellow senior Chelsea McGowen tallied nine points while juniors Brittany Gamby and Jessica Freeman and sophomore Kelva Atkins chipped in eight points apiece in a balanced effort. McGowen pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to join Garrett in double figures as UNCW posted a 50-43 advantage on the glass. Freeman finished with a game-high nine steals and added five assists and five rebounds in an all-around effort.

Senior Amelia Partin notched seven points to lead UNCP, who was limited to a just 13-of-54 shooting (.241) for the contest. Sophomore Jasmine Kemp grabbed eight rebounds for the Braves while senior Courtney Bolton added seven.

UNCW never trailed in the contest, scoring the first five points of the game before using a 13-4 spurt midway through the frame to build a 20-8 advantage. UNCP would cut the deficit to six in the final minutes of the first half, scoring six unanswered points over a three-minute stretch, before a transition layup by Atkins with 20 seconds remaining would give the Seahawk a 26-18 lead at the break.

The Braves continue to cut into the Seahawks lead early in the second half, scoring eight of the first 10 points of the frame to make it a 28-26 contest.

UNCW would once again take control of the contest, rattling off eight unanswered points to end the Braves run and regain a double-digit cushion, 36-26, with 12:01 remaining. UNCP attempted to rally, but was unable to get any closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Seahawk took advantage of a 6-0 in the closing minutes to build a 16-point edge and cruise to the 14-point victory.


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