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Seahawks Use Late Run To Advance

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/11/2011
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UPPER MARBORO, Maryland - No. 3 seed UNCW closed the contest on a 16-4 run to break a 47-all tie and defeat No. 6 Drexel, 63-51, in quarterfinal round action Friday at the 2011 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship at the Show Place Arena.

The Seahawks improved to 23-7 as they established a new program mark for wins in a season and advanced to Saturday's second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. against Delaware, who shocked No. 2 seed Old Dominion, 72-55, on Friday. The Dragons slipped to 19-12 with the loss.

CAA Rookie-of-the-Year Alisha Andrews matched her career-high with 21 points to lead four UNCW players in double figures as the Seahawks matched their season-high with eight three-pointers and were 17-of-21 at the free-throw line for the game. Junior Kristen Hanzer chipped in 13 second-half points, sophomore Jessica Freeman pitched in 12 and senior Martha White added 10. Senior forward Brittany Blackwell pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds as the Seahawks held a 36-26 advantage on the glass.

Junior Kamile Nacickaite was the only Drexel player to score in double figures as she poured in a game-high 22 points. Freshman Fiona Flanagan finished with eight points and sophomore Hollie Mershon added seven for the Dragons, who shot just 32.0 percent from the floor in the second half after making 47.4 percent of its tries in the first half.

With the score tied at 47-all at the 6:25 mark of the second half, a free-throw by Hanzer and a layup by White on the same possession sparked a 9-0 UNCW spurt that put the Seahawks out in front, 56-47, with 4:14 remaining.

The two teams would then go more than two minutes without scoring until a pair of free throws by junior Ayana Lee and a jumper by Nacickaite offset a free-throw by Hanzer and pulled the Dragons within six, 57-51, with 71 seconds on the clock.

Drexel would then force the Seahawks down to the final ticks on the shot clock in their next possession before Andrews converted a driving layup to stretch the Seahawks advantage to 59-51.

The Dragons would be unable to convert in its next two possessions and were forced to foul, sending the Seahawks to line, where Freeman and Andrews combined to knock down all four attempts to seal the victory.

UNCW opened the game on a 9-2 run and held a 13-6 advantage when a pair of free-throws by sophomore Hollie Mershon ignited a 12-0 Drexel spurt that gave the Dragons an 18-13 advantage midway through the opening frame.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Andrews put the Seahawks ahead, 19-18, but Drexel scored 10 of the last 15 points of the frame to take a 32-28 lead into the locker room.  

The Dragons grabbed their largest lead of the game, 33-26, on a three-pointer by Nacickaite with 17::42 remaining in the contest moments before a driving jumper by Hanzer led to a 10-3 UNCW run that saw Hanzer score seven of the team's 10 points and level the score at 36-all.

The two teams would then trade baskets back and forth over the next five minutes until the three-point possession by the Seahawks ignited the decisive spurt.


  • UNCW improves to 9-8 all-time against Drexel as it extended its winning streak against the Dragons to three games. The Seahawks also picked up their first neutral site victory against Drexel.
  • The Seahawks advanced to the semifinal round for the fifth time in program history and the first time since the 2002 championship. UNCW holds a 2-4 record in the semifinal round and has won each of its last two semifinal contests (2000 & 2002)
  • UNCW established a new program mark for wins in a season with its 23rd victory of the campaign. The Seahawks surpassed the 1983-84 and 2002-03 squads, both of which recorded 22 victories in their respective seasons. The 23 victories also marks a single-season high for UNCW Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke during her six-year coaching career.
  • UNCW was held below 40 percent shooting for just the ninth time this season and the first time in five games as it was just 19-of-50 (.380) from the field against the Dragons.
  • The Seahawks recorded double-figure steals for the 24th time this season as they posted 10 thefts against the Dragons.
  • UNCW dished out double-figure assists for the 28th time this season as they combined for 13 helpers in the contest.
  • The Seahawks matched a season high with eight made three-point field goals. The mark matches the total set against Georgia State (Feb. 3) and James Madison (March 2).
  • The Seahawks held a 22-12 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 14-6 edge in the second half.
  • UNCW improved to 20-2 this season when holding a lead of 10 points or more during the contest.
  • The Seahawks improved to 15-0 this season when holding opponents to 60 points or less in a contest.
  • UNCW shot above 80 percent at the free-throw line for the sixth time this season and the first time in four games.


4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in points for the 16th time this season. Led team in scoring for the fourth time this season as team improved to 2-2 when Andrews paces them in points.
  • Moved into third place on the program's single-season assists list with four helpers against the Dragons. Has recorded 150 assists during her freshman season.
  • Moved into sole possession of fourth place on the program's single season steals list with four thefts against the Dragons. Has recorded 89 steals this season.

21- Kristen Hanzer

  • Scored in double figures for the 20th time this season and the 25th time in her career. Reached double figures for the fourth straight contest.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and the ninth time in her career. Reached double figures for the first time in eight games.

42 - Martha White

  • Reached double figures in scoring for the 23rd time this season and the 46th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in 17 of the last 19 contests.

45 - Brittany Blackwell

  • Pulled down double figure rebounds for the 11th time this season and the 37th time in her career. Led team in rebounding for the 19th time this season and the 77th time in her career. Team improved to 14-5 and 48-29 when she guides them on the glass.
  • Also moved into ninth place on the program's single-season rebounds list with her 11 rebounds against the Dragons. She surpassed her rebounding total from her sophomore campaign (258) during the contest to move into ninth place.
  • Will enter Saturday's contest needing just seven rebounds to tie former ODU standout Tiffany Green for 10th place on the league's career rebounding list.
  • Will enter Saturday's semifinal contest needing just two points to move into second place on the program's all-time scoring list. Has amassed 1,717 points during her career.

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