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Pride Rallies Past Pesky Seahawks, 75-69

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 02/05/2013
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Hofstra closed the contest on an 11-1 run to erase a four-point deficit and defeat UNCW, 75-69, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Tuesday at Trask Coliseum.

The Pride picked up their ninth victory in 12 games as they evened their season mark at 10-10 and moved to 6-3 in league play. The Seahawks dropped their seventh straight contest to slip to 2-18 and 1-8.

Sophomore guard Andreana Thomas led four Hofstra players in double figures with a game-high 23 points. Thomas was 5-of-11 from the floor and 11-of-12 at the charity stripe to power a Pride attack that shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) from the floor and 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from the line.

Senior forward Shante Evans added 16 points while junior forward Anma Onyeuku scored 13 and junior guard Annie Payton netted 11. Evans also added 10 rebounds for her league-leading 12th double-double of the season as the Pride enjoyed a 41-25 advantage on the glass.

Senior guard Tawanna Lee led four UNCW players in double figures with 20 points as the Seahawks knocked down 28-of-61 (.459) field goal attempts for the game. Karneshia Garrett added 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to post her four straight double-double. Freshman guard Dana Brown chipped in 12 points and redshirt junior guard Jessica Freeman added 11 to go along with a game-best nine steals.

Trailiing 68-64, an Onyeuku jumper and a three-pointer from Payton on back-to-back possessions put the Pride in front, 69-68 with 2:50 remaining.

A free throw by Garrett on the Seahawks next possession tied the score at 69-all, only to see Hofstra regain the lead, 71-69, on a pair of free throws by Thomas on its next trip down the floor.

The Seahawks would fail to answer on their next possession, missing the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity and the Pride would take advantage, expanding their cushion to four, 73-69, on an Evans layup with 43 ticks on the clock.

A turnover brought UNCW's next possession to a close and sent Thomas to the line, where she knocked down two more free throw attempts with 13 seconds remaining to push the Hofstra lead to six, 75-69. The Seahawks would miss a 3-point attempt on its final possession, allowing the Pride to escape with the six-point triumph.

Earlier in the contest, UNCW trailed 7-3 when consecutive 3-pointers by Lee sparked the Seahawks to an 18-3 run and a 21-10 advantage. The Pride had trouble holding onto the basketball during UNCW's run, committing 12 turnovers during the 11-minute stretch.

A conventional three-point play by Evans brought the Seahawks' run to a close and led the Pride to tally seven of the next nine points to make it a 23-17 contest. The two sides would trade baskets the rest of the frame as UNCW would take a 32-28 lead into the locker room.

The Seahawks tallied six of the first eight points in the second half to push their lead to eight, 38-30, only to see the Pride use a 22-10 run to take its first lead of the frame, 52-48, with 11:07 showing on the scoreboard.  

UNCW responded to the Hofstra run, rattling 14 of the next 21 points, capped by back-to-back triples by Lee to go back in front, 62-59.

Consecutive baskets by Onyeuku would bring the Seahawks run to a close and put the Pride ahead, 63-62. Garrett would catapult the Seahawks back into the lead moments later, scoring six straight points to highlight a 6-2 stretch that made 68-64 UNCW and set up the Pride's decisive run.

Both teams return to action Thursday. UNCW is on the road at James Madison while Hofstra entertains Northeastern. Both games are set for a 7 p.m. start time.



  • Hofstra's victory trimmed UNCW's lead in the all-time series to 12-11. The Seahawks moved to 7-3 all-time against the Pride at home with the loss.
  • UNCW scored a season-high 69 points in the contest, breaking the previous season high of 61 set on two previous occasions (vs North Carolina Central; at William & Mary).
  • UNCW lost its fourth straight contest when holding a lead at halftime as it moved to 1-5 this season and 68-22 since the start of the 2007-08 season when holding an advantage at halftime.
  • The Seahawks suffered their second straight loss when holding a double-digit lead as they moved to 2-3 this season and 69-10 since the start of the 2007-08 season when holding a double figure lead during a
  • UNCW dished out a season-high 17 assists in the contest. Garrett and Freeman led the way for UNCW with four assists each as the Seahawks dished out double figure assists for the sixth straight contest and the 13th time this season
  • Hofstra's bench outscored UNCW's reserves by a 21-4 margin. It marked the 13th time this season that UNCW's bench has scored fewer points than its opponents.
  • UNCW shot above 40 percent from the floor for the sixth time this season and the first time in four games. The Seahawks are now 2-4 this season when they shoot 40 percent or better from the field.
  • The Seahawks allowed 70 or more points for the sixth time this season and the first since surrendering 74 to Old Dominion on Jan. 17.
  • UNCW posted double digit steals for the fifth time this season and second time in three games as it finished with 12 thefts in the contest.
  • The Pride held a 20-14 edge in fast-break points, highlighted by a 15-5 edge in the second half.


0 - Tawanna Lee

  • Reached double figures in points for the 10th time this season and the 26th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in a career-best four straight games.
  • Led team in scoring for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in her career.
  • Established a new season-high in points, breaking old mark of 16 set at William & Mary on Jan. 8.

20 - Dana Brown

  • Reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season. Has scored in double figures in each of the last four contests.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Reached double figures in points for the 10th time this season and the 31st time in her career.
  • Established a new career high with nine steals, breaking old mark of eight set against Hofstra on March 9, 2012.

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Reached double figures in points for the 11th time this season and the 26th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in each of the past seven contests.
  • Grabbed double-digit rebounds for the 11th time this season and the 19th time in her career. Has pulled down double-digit boards in each of the past five games.  
  • Paced team in rebounds for the 14th time this season and the 32nd time in her career.
  • Posted her fourth straight double-double, the eighth double-double of the season and the 19th double-double of her career.


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