|Women's Basketball Preview: FAU|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women’s basketball team continues a three-game homestand Sunday with a 2 p.m. matinee versus Florida Atlantic at Trask Coliseum.
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The Seahawks (1-10) return to action for the first time in nine days after suffering a 64-55 setback to Liberty on Dec. 19. The Lady Flames shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the second half and held the Seahawks to 29.2 percent shooting during the final frame to overcome a 31-26 halftime deficit and post their fourth straight victory.
Junior Kelva Atkins scored 15 points and freshman Brie Mobley chipped in 12. Mobley finished just shy of her first career double-double as she grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while freshman Ryan Flowers pitched in nine points and eight rebounds.
Atkins has been the go-to player for the Seahawks this season as she leads the team in scoring (17.5), assists (3.7) and steals (3.0) while ranking second on the squad in rebounds (5.6). Atkins currently sits among the top 16 players in the CAA in all four categories as she leads the league in steals, ranks 3rd in scoring, 7th in assists and 16th in rebounds.
Florida Atlantic (8-3) enters Sunday’s matchup looking to build off a 2-1 performance at the World Vision Challenge in Lubbock, Texas prior to the Christmas break that saw the Owls defeat Abilene Christian (67-63) and Jacksonville (71-62) and fall to host Texas Tech (76-63).
FAU has thrived off of turnovers this season as it ranks eighth in the nation in steals per game (12.5) on its way to boasting the top turnover margin in the country (+11.73).
Redshirt senior Chenise Miller paces the FAU lineup in both scoring (13.2) and rebounding (7.0) while fellow seniors Takia Brooks and Latavia Dempsey are tied for second in scoring (11.5) to give head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay a trio of double-digit scorers.
Sunday’s game will serve as the first meeting between UNCW and Florida Atlantic. The matchup will also serve as the first contest for the Seahawks against a Florida-based school.
UNCW completes its three-game homestand New Year’s Eve with a Noon matchup against state foe Appalachian State.