CHARLOTTE – Sophomore guard Tori Carter tallied a game-high 16 points to lead four players in double figures as Charlotte cruised to a 78-57 victory over UNCW in collegiate women’s basketball action Friday at Halton Arena.

The 49ers improved to 6-7 overall while the Seahawks slipped to 1-13 on the season as both teams closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with the Noon matinee.

Carter paced a balanced 49ers attack that shot 46.0 percent (29-of-63) from the floor for the contest, highlighted by a 15-of-30 effort in the first half. Redshirt junior Gabby Tyler chipped 14 points, Sophomore Kira Gordon added 11 and junior Hillary Sigmon finished with 10 to join Carter in double figures. Sophomore Alexis Alexander pulled down eight rebounds and Gordon grabbed seven as Charlotte enjoyed a 46-28 advantage on the glass.

Freshman D’Asia Cain scored 14 of her team-high 15 points in the second half to lead a UNCW attack that was 12-for-24 from the floor during the final 20 minutes after shooting just 9-of-27 (.333) from the field in the opening frame. Freshman Amber Reeves pitched in nine points while fellow newcomers Brie Mobley and Naqaiyyah Teague finished with eight points apiece.  

Charlotte never trailed in the contest, scoring the first four points of the game before using a 16-6 spurt over a 5:56 span midway through the opening frame to stretch an 8-6 advantage into a 24-12 cushion.

A jumper by Mobley and a 3-pointer from the left corner by Atkins halted the 49ers surge temporarily, but a jumper by Rankin ignited another 49ers run, this time a 14-4 sequence, that gave Charlotte their largest lead of the half, 38-21.

Holding a 38-24 lead at the break, Charlotte maintained a double-digit cushion through the remainder of the contest, using a 9-2 run midway through the frame to take a 65-46 lead. A layup by Carter in the final minute capped a quick four-point spurt and gave the 49ers their largest lead of the contest, 78-56, before a free-throw by freshman Johanna McMillan determined the 21-point final margin.  

Both teams return to action next week. UNCW begins Colonial Athletic Association play Jan. 9 with a 7 p.m. matchup against Northeastern at Trask Coliseum while Charlotte continues a four-game homestand when it opens Conference USA play with a 7 p.m. contest versus Old Dominion.

GAME NOTES:

  • Charlotte increased its lead in the series to 14-5 as it picked up its seventh win in the last eight outings. The Seahawks also moved to 2-8 in 10 matchups versus the 49ers in the Queen City.
  • Charlotte enjoyed a 21-9 advantage in second-chance points in the contest as they pulled down 24 offensive rebounds during the contest.
  • The two benches combined to score 57 points with Charlotte’s reserves holding a 36-21 advantage in that category.
  • UNCW shot above 40 percent from the floor for the fifth time this season and the first time in six games as they were 21-of-51 (.412) from the floor for the contest.
  • The Seahawks shot better than 70 percent from the free-throw line for the fifth time this season as they were 12-of-17 (.706) from the charity stripe during the contest.
  • UNCW finished the contest with a season-low three steals, surpassing the previous season low of five set against Southern California on Nov. 29.
  • The two teams combined for just 25 turnovers in the contest as Charlotte was charged with 10 and UNCW finished with 15.
  • Fifteen of the 18 players to see playing time in the contest recorded at least one assist, including six of the seven players who saw playing time for the Seahawks.
  • UNCW failed to gain a lead in a contest for the seventh time this season.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Was held below double figures in points for the first time this season. Had her streak of consecutive games in double figures halted at 19.

25 – D’Asia Cain

  • Reached double figures in points for the first time in her career. Total shatters previous season high of seven set at Notre Dame on Nov. 9.
  • Led team in scoring for the first time in her career.

45 – Ryan Flowers

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