WILMINGTON, N.C. – Visiting Hofstra shot a blistering 61.1 percent from the floor in the second half to overcome a 24-point outburst by UNCW freshman Brie Mobley in a 64-55 victory over the Seahawks in a Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball matchup Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

The Pride snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the CAA. The Seahawks dropped their 13th in a row to fall to 1-15.

Senior guard Annie Payton paced Hofstra with 14 points and senior forward Anma Oneyuku registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Mobley, a newcomer from Winter Haven, Fla., exploded for a career-high 24 points, eclipsing her previous career best of 20 points. She connected on 12-of-15 field goal attempts and was the lone Seahawk in double figures on the day.

Kelva Atkins, UNCW’s leading scorer at 16.1 ppg, finished with just six points on 2-of-13 shooting, well below her season average.

Hofstra inched out to a 29-27 lead at halftime and used a combination of efficient offense and tight defense to finally break away in the final three minutes. The Pride made 11-of-18 shots in the final period and held the Seahawks to35.5 percent during the span to secure their second road win in seven tries.

Hofstra scored the first two baskets of the second half to match its largest lead of eight points, 35-27, before the two teams traded buckets over the next six minutes. The Pride still led, 48-41, after Onyeuku’s layup with 11:53 remaining before Mobley scored twice and Ryan Flowers converted a layup to pull the Seahawks within 48-47 at 9:28.

Still clinging to a 51-49 edge with 7:30 left, the Pride gained some separation with a five-point spurt to build the lead back to seven points. Elo Edeferioka scored on a layup to cap a six-point rally that kicked off a 9-1 run that made the difference.

Hofstra recorded its largest lead of the game with 2:03 remaining when Payton sank a pair of free throws for a 60-50 margin.

Eight different players scored in the first half as Hofstra took a narrow 29-27 advantage into intermission behind Payton’s 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Mobley kept the Seahawks close with 12 points on her own on 6-of-7 from the floor as UNCW shot 50 percent from the floor.

In the early going, the Seahawks scored seven straight points to grab a 7-2 lead before Hofstra went on a 13-0 tear. Payton came off the bench to score seven points in the spurt, including a three-pointer from the left wing that capped the run and gave Hofstra a 15-7 cushion.

The Seahawks responded, however, by scoring 10 of the next 11 points to forge out to a 17-16 edge. Atkins sank a jumper on the right wing to help UNCW take a one-point advantage with 9:28 left in the first period.

Each team had 18 turnovers in the contest and Hofstra used an experienced front line to parlay a 30-14 advantage in the paint.

The Pride answered with a seven-point rally to jump back ahead 23-17 on Onyeuku’s layup before carrying a two-point lead into the break.

The Seahawks travel to defending CAA champion Delaware on Friday, Jan. 17, for a 7 p.m. contest. The Pride entertains CAA newcomer College of Charleston on Friday at Noon in Hempstead, N.Y.

 

GAME NOTES:

 

  • Hofstra took a 13-12 lead over UNCW in the all-time series as it picked up its third straight victory. The Pride improved to 5-7 in 12 visits to Trask Coliseum.
  • UNCW shot above 40 percent from the floor for the sixth time this season as it 23-of-55 (.418) for the contest. The Seahawks moved to 1-5 this season when shooting better than 40 percent from the floor.
  • The Seahawks out-rebounded the Pride, 33-31, marking just the fourth time this season that UNCW has out-rebounded its opponent.
  • The Seahawks forced Hofstra into 18 turnovers and posted ten steals. It marked the 11th time this UNCW has recorded nine or more steals in a contest.
  • Hofstra finished the contest shooting 7-of-17 (.412) from the three-point line while UNCW was just 3-of-15 (.200).
  • Hofstra received quite a boost from its reserves as they enjoyed a 26-8 advantage in bench points over the Seahawks.
  • The lead changed hands four times during the contest with the last UNCW lead coming at 9:31 in the first half (17-16).

 

Player Notes:

 

#1 Naqaiyyah Teague:

 

  • Led team in rebounding for the seventh this season with eight rebounds. Tied Kelva Atkins for the team lead in that category.  

 

#2 Brie Mobley:

 

  • Surpassed her previous career-high of 20, set on Thursday night against
  • Northeastern.Reached double-figures in points for the ninth time this season.
  • Led team in scoring for the second straight contest and third time this season.

 

#3 Kelva Atkins:

 

  • Lead team in assists with four. Marked the twelfth time this season and twenty-six time of her career she has paced the team in that category.