Seahawks Reach 20 Wins In Women's Hoops
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
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.
4 - Alisha Andrews
24 - Jessica Freeman
42 - Martha White
45 - Brittany Blackwell