Hot-Shooting Seahawks Tame Tigers
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
TOWSON, Maryland -UNCW shot 59.2 percent from the floor and knocked down all 14 of its free-throw attempts to cruise to a 76-47 victory over Towson in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at the Towson Center.
The Seahawks improved to 21-6 overall and 13-3 in league play as they maintained a share of second place in the league standings. The Tigers, meanwhile, fell to 9-18 and 3-13.
Junior Kristen Hanzer led four UNCW players in double figures with a game-high 20 points while senior Brittany Blackwell added 15 and senior Martha White and freshman Alisha Andrews chipped in 13 points each. White grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Seahawks posted a 31-22 advantage on the glass while Andrews dished out a game-high nine assists.
Juniors Krystin Fields and Krystal Parnell tallied 12 points each and junior Deree Fooks finished with 11 for Towson, who shot 37.0 percent from the field for the contest and committed 23 turnovers.
Leading 7-6 early in the first half, a three-pointer from the right corner by Freeman sparked a 26-6 run that spanned more than 10 minutes and gave the Seahawks a 29-10 cushion at 6:47 mark of the opening frame.
UNCW made 15 of its first 17 field goal attempts as it finished the first half knocking down 19-of-26 attempts from the floor to build a 42-19 advantage at the break. The Seahawks also took advantage of 15 Towson miscues as it scored 17 of its 42 points on Tigers turnovers.
With the Seahawks holding a 42-19 advantage at the break, Towson scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half to cut the Seahawks advantage to 44-27, but UNCW responded with an 11-2 spurt to build a 55-29 cushion.
The Seahawks would use a 9-3 run later in the half to take its largest lead of the game, 74-41, before the Tigers scored six of the last eight points to determine the 29-point margin of victory.
The Seahawks cooled off from the floor in the second half, making 10-of-23 field goal attempts after intermission, but took their hot shooting to the free-throw line, knocking down all 13 attempts at the charity stripe in the frame to finish a perfect 14-for-14 from the line and establish a new school record for free-throw percentage.
Both teams return to action Sunday with home contests. UNCW hosts George Mason and Towson entertains Drexel. Tip-off for both games is set for 2 p.m. The Seahawks will honor senior student-athletes Brittany Blackwell, Treasure Johnson and Martha White prior to the start of the contest.
4 - Alisha Andrews
21- Kristen Hanzer
42- Martha White
45 - Brittany Blackwell