WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Latavia Dempsey scored a team-high 17 points to pace three players in double figures as Florida Atlantic cruised to an 81-64 victory over UNCW Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

The Owls improved to 9-3 overall as they picked up their eighth victory in the last nine contests. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 1-11 as they suffered their ninth straight setback.

Dempsey was joined in double figures by fellow seniors Chenise Miller and Takia Brooks, who chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively, to lead a FAU attack that knocked down 12 3-pointers and shot 37.5 percent (12-of-32) from beyond the arc. Miller pulled down nine rebounds and senior Kimberly Brooks pitched in eight as the Owls held a 47-42 advantage on the glass.

Senior Kelva Atkins scored 18 points to lead four UNCW players in double figures. Freshman Brie Mobley chipped in 15 while fellow newcomers Ryan Flowers and Naqaiyyah Teague added 12 and 10, respectively.   

FAU never trailed in the contest, building a quick 6-2 lead before taking advantage of a 17-6 spurt midway through the frame to stretch a 15-10 lead into a 32-16 cushion with 7:19 remaining in the first half.

The Seahawks responded to the Owls spurt, rattling off seven unanswered points to trim the deficit to nine, 32-23, only to see FAU score seven of the final 10 points of the half to take a 39-26 lead into the locker room.  

UNCW attempted to make it a contest early in the second half, tallying seven unanswered points during a 1:47 stretch early in the frame to pull within eight, 43-35.

That would be as close as the Seahawks would get, as FAU used a 22-8 run over a 6:28 span to take their largest lead of the game, 78-55, with 4:10 remaining. The Seahawks scored nine of the last 12 points of the game to determine the final 17-point margin.

UNCW returns to action New Year’s Eve with a Noon matchup against Appalachian State. FAU is back on the court January 2nd in a 7 p.m. home contest with Bethune-Cookman.

GAME NOTES:

  • Sunday’s game served as the first meeting between the two programs. The contest also represented the first contest for UNCW against a Florida-based school.
  • Florida Atlantic was just the second UNCW opponent to shoot less than 40 percent from the floor against the Seahawks this season as they were just 26-of-69 (.377) from the field. The Owls 37.7 percent success rate from the field established new a season-low for a UNCW opponent in that category.
  • UNCW was just 1-of-8 (.125) from 3-point range in the contest, representing a season-low for the Seahawks in 3-point field goals made.
  • Florida Atlantic was 17-of-21 (.810) from the free-throw line while UNCW finished the game 11-for-19 (.579). The Seahawks’ effort represented the sixth time this season that they have shot below 60 percent from the free-throw line in a game.
  • Both teams committed fewer than 10 turnovers. UNCW was charged with a season-low eight miscues while FAU finished with eight turnovers. The Seahawks were credited with steals on seven of the Owls eight turnovers.
  • UNCW posted a 48-22 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 30-12 margin in the second half.
  • FAU’s bench tallied 23 of the 25 points scored by reserves in the contest.
  • UNCW failed to gain a lead at any point in the contest. It marked the sixth time this season that UNCW has trailed in a contest wire-to-wire.
  • The Seahawks had four players reach double figures in points in a game for the first time this season.
  • Florida Atlantic was the fourth team to score 80 or more points against the Seahawks this season and the first to do so since Iowa tallied 102 points versus UNCW on Nov. 30.

PLAYER NOTES:

1 – Naqaiyyah Teague

  • Reached double figures in points for the fifth time this season.
  • Paced team in rebounds for the fourth time this season.

2 – Brie Mobley

  • Reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season.

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Reached double figures in points for the 12th time this season and the 28th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in each of the past 18 games dating back to the end of last season.
  • Led team in scoring for the 11th time this season and the 17th time in her career.
  • Matched her career high in rebounds with eight. Has pulled down eight rebounds in four games this season.
  • Led team in assists for the 10th time this season and the 24th time in her career.
  • Paced team in rebounding for the 5th time this season and the 7th time in her career.

45 – Ryan Flowers

  • Reached double figures in points for the second time this season. Matched her season high in points, set against Iowa on Nov. 30.