ODU Battles Back To Defeat UNCW
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Sophomore Shae Kelley scored 19 points and added 17 rebounds to lead Old Dominion to a 62-55 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Lady Monarchs improved to 15-6 overall and 6-3 in CAA play while the Seahawks slipped to 2-17 and 1-7 as they suffered their sixth straight setback.
Kelley paced an ODU lineup that made just 20 of 64 field goal attempts (.313) for the game, including just 2-of-15 (.133) attempts from beyond the arc. Senior Jackie Cook chipped in 13 points to join Kelley in double figures while senior Mairi Buchan and freshman Galaisha Goodhope finished with eight points apiece.
Three players - seniors Tawanna Lee and Karneshia Garrett and sophomore Dana Brown - tallied 13 points each to pace UNCW. Garrett and fellow senior Chelsea McGowen pulled down 10 rebounds apiece to lead the Seahawks' effort on the glass.
Trailing 42-31 at the 14:48 mark of the second half, a layup by Kelley sparked a 23-9 spurt that lasted just over eight minutes and put the Lady Monarchs in front, 54-51. ODU did a majority of its damage during the spurt from the free-throw line, knocking down 11 of 12 attempts from the charity stripe.
Back-to-back layups by Atkins and McGowen ended the Lady Monarchs spurt and put the Seahawks back in front, 55-54, only to see the Lady Monarchs convert on its next three trips down the floor to make it a 60-55 contest with 4:20 left to play.
The two teams would go close to four minutes between points before Goodhope would split a pair of trips to the free throw line in the final minute to determine the seven-point margin.
In the first half, ODU held an 11-4 lead when a layup by McGowen sparked a 28-9 spurt that put the Seahawks in front, 32-20, with 4:37 remaining.
The Lady Monarchs responded, tallying 11 of the next 15 points to make it a 36-31 contest at the 17:09 mark of the second half.
UNCW rattled off six unanswered points to regain their double-digit lead, 42-31, and set up the Lady Monarchs' game-changing run.
Both teams return to action Tuesday. UNCW hosts Hofstra while Old Dominion travels to George Mason. Both contests are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
0 - Tawanna Lee
20 - Dana Brown
40 - Karneshia Garrett
42 - Chelsea McGowen.