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Women's Basketball
Seahawks Reach 20 Wins In Women's Hoops

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 02/20/2011
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      WILMINGTON, North Carolina - All-CAA performer Brittany Blackwell racked up her 10th double-double of the season as UNCW reached the 20-win plateau for the third time in the program's history with a 48-33 victory over Northeastern in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

      The Seahawks, ranked 22nd in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll, won for the third time in four outings to improve to 20-6 overall and 12-3 in the CAA. The Huskies suffered their seventh consecutive loss and plummeted to 8-18 and 3-12.

      Blackwell paced the Seahawks with 17 points and 15 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double and the 35th of her illustrious career. The Cary, N.C., senior just missed a triple double after collecting nine steals on the defensive end of the floor.

      Senior center Martha White added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Seahawks, who were held to a season-low in scoring and overcame 32.7 percent shooting with 20 steals. The Seahawks, ranked 12th in the nation in steals per game, reached double figures in steals for the 22nd time in 26 games.

      Sophomore forward Christine Huber led the Huskies with 10 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double at NU since transferring from Rutgers.

      Blackwell and White combined for 16 points and 15 rebounds to power the Seahawks to a 27-16 halftime lead and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's club maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half.

      The Huskies did manage to get within eight points with 11:13 remaining when reserve guard Dani Iervolino swished a three-pointer from the left corner to close the gap to 35-27.

      But CAA Rookie-of-the-Year favorite Alisha Andrews answered with a trey of her own and Blackwell sank a pair of free throws to increase the margin back to 40-27 at 10:22.

      After Jamie Conroy made a pair of free throws and Huber connected on a layup to cut the lead to 42-33 with 5:51 left, the Seahawks held the Huskies scoreless the rest of the way and scored the final six points of the game for the final verdict.

      Playing in the annual "Pink Zone" game, the Seahawks scored the first nine points and led wire-to-wire to sweep the regular season series from the Huskies for the first time since the nine-game series began in 2006. UNCW cruised past NU, 85-68, on Jan. 23 in Boston.

      White scored the first three buckets of the contest and Blackwell's conventional three-point play with 15:58 remaining in the first half gave the Seahawks a quick 9-0 cushion. The lead ballooned to 12 points, 16-4, when Blackwell made a steal and converted the layup with 13:31 left in the opening period.

      NU closed the deficit to eight points twice in the first half before Andrews drained a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Seahawks their largest lead of the game, 27-14, with 3:14 on the clock.

      With the win, the Seahawks racked up 20 wins for the first time since the 2002-03 season when that club accumulated 22 wins.

      UNCW travel to Towson on Thursday for its next contest, playing the Tigers at 7 p.m. at the Towson Center. NU entertains Drexel on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Solomon Court in Boston.


Game Notes:

  • UNCW moved to 4-5 all-time against Northeastern as it evened its mark against Northeastern at home to 2-2.
  • With its win today and Delaware's loss to JMU, UNCW clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming CAA women's basketball championship for the first time since the tournament expanded to 12 teams in 2005-06.
  • The Seahawks failed to record double-figure assists for the second time this season as it was held to just nine assists against Northeastern.
  • UNCW recorded double figure steals for the 22nd time this season as it tallied 20 thefts against Northeastern. The performance marked the third time this season that the Seahawks have recorded 20 or more steals in a game.
  • The Seahawks failed to shoot above 40 percent from the floor for just the eighth time this season. It was the first time in four games that the Seahawks have shot below 40 percent from the field.
  • UNCW was held to a season-low 48 points against the Huskies. The Seahawks posted their season-high in points, 85, against the Huskies in their first meeting on Jan. 23.
  • The Seahawks improved to 8-0 this season and 51-0 since the start of the 2002-03 season when holding their opponent to 50 points or less. The 33 points matched the third lowest point since for a UNCW opponent since the start of the 2000-01 season.
  • UNCW held its opponent to 35.0 percent shooting of lower for the second straight contest and the eighth time this season as it limited Northeastern to just 13-of-43 shooting.
  • The Seahawks led wire-to-wire in a contest for the fifth time this season and the fourth time in conference play.
  • The 16 points scored by Northeastern in the first half was a season-low for a UNCW opponent. The previous low was 18, set on two occasions (UNCG and Towson).
  • The two team's reserves combined for just 11 points in the contest (Northeastern 9, UNCW 2).


4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Moved into fifth place on the program's all-time steals list with three thefts against the Huskies. Has recorded 80 steals this season.
  • Became just the fourth player in program history to record 50 made three-pointers in a season as she knocked down three attempts against the Huskies. Remained in fourth place on the program's single season three-point field goals made list.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Led team in assists for the seventh time this season. Team improved to 5-2 this season when Freeman leads them in assists.

42 - Martha White

  • Reached double figures in points for the 21st time this season and the 44th time in her career.
  • Reached double figures in points for the 15th straight contest as she extended her career-best consecutive games in double figures streak to 15 games.
  • Moved into second place on the program's all-time blocked shots list with two rejections against the Huskies. Surpassed Jurga Paliaukiate during the contest as she has recorded 124 blocked shots in her career.
  • Became just the 20th player in program history to surpass the 900-point plateau during her career as she reached the milestone during the contest.

45 - Brittany Blackwell

  • Reached double figures in points for the 23rd time this season and the 97th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in 10 straight contests, extending season-high streak for consecutive games in double figures.
  • Reached double figures in rebounds for the ninth time this season and the 35th time in her career. Led team in rebounding for the 17th time this season and the 75th time in her career. Team improved 12-5 and 46-29 when Blackwell leads them in rebounding.
  • Recorded her 35th double-double of her career. Team improved to 27-8 all-time when Blackwell records a double-double.
  • Moved into fourth place all-time on the program's single-season steals chart with nine steals against the Huskies. Has recorded a career-high 83 steals during her senior season.

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