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Seahawks Squash Spiders In WNIT Debut

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/17/2011
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Senior Brittany Blackwell scored 14 points to lead five UNCW players in double figures as the Seahawks defeated Richmond in the first round of the WNIT Thursday
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Senior Brittany Blackwell scored 14 points to lead five UNCW players in double figures as the Seahawks defeated Richmond in the first round of the WNIT Thursday

RICHMOND, Virginia - Senior Brittany Blackwell scored 14 points to lead five Seahawk players in double figures as UNCW defeated Richmond, 63-54, in the first round of the Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament Thursday at the Robins Center.

In the first meeting between the two former Colonial Athletic Association rivals since the 2000-01 season, the Seahawks improved to 24-8 and advanced to the second round of the Postseason WNIT, where they will face Eastern Michgan Monday at 7 p.m. at Trask Coliseum. Richmond slipped to 18-13 as it saw its season come to a close.  

Blackwell highlighted a balanced UNCW attack that finished the game shooting 39.6 percent from the field, highlighted by a 44.4 percent effort from the floor in the final 20 minutes. Senior Martha White, junior Kristen Hanzer, sophomore Jessica Freeman and freshman Alisha Andrews all pitched in 10 points while White added a game-high eight rebounds. Andrews also dished out a game-high six assists and Blackwell tallied four steals as she became the program's single-season steals leader during the contest.

Senior Crystal Goring scored a game-high 17 points and added seven rebounds to lead Richmond, who shot 42.0 percent from the field and held a 32-30 advantage on the glass but was unable to overcome a season-high 31 turnovers. Senior Brittani Shells added 13 points and junior Abby Oliver pitched in 11.

Trailing 28-26 at the start of the second half, the Seahawks benefitted from five Spiders miscues to score 12 of the first 16 points of the frame and build a 38-32 cushion.

The Spiders responded to the UNCW run, using a 6-2 mini-spurt over a 2:25 stretch to pull within two, 40-38.

The Seahawks once again put some distance between themselves and Richmond, scoring eight of 10 points after the Spiders mini-run to push their lead back to eight, 48-40, with 6:50 on the clock.

A pair of free-throws by redshirt junior Samantha Bilney and a layup by freshman Leah Johnson would trim the Seahawks advantage to four, 48-44. UNCW answered the Spiders charge, however, scoring eight of the next 12 points to regain their eight-point cushion, 54-46, at the 3:05 mark of the frame.

The two sides would go almost two minutes without a basket until a three-pointer by Goring with 78 seconds left to play put the Spiders within five, 56-51.

Andews and Hanzer would keep Richmond from drawing any closer, however, as the duo teamed up to score the Seahawks final seven points and give UNCW the nine-point victory. 

Earlier in the contest, Richmond opened the game on a 10-0 run and held a 12-3 advantage when a pair of free-throws by Hanzer and back-to-back layups by Blackwell made it a 12-8 contest.

The Spiders tallied six of the next eight points to stretch their advantage back to nine, 18-9, before a pair of free-throws by Hanzer sparked a 14-2 run that lasted more than five minutes and gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game, 23-20.

Richmond responded to the spurt, closing the frame on an 8-3 run, highlighted by a running jumper Shells at final seconds that put the Spiders ahead, 28-26, heading into the halftime break.

GAME NOTES

  • The Seahawks moved to 10-29 all-time against Richmond as it picked up its first victory against the Spiders since March 9, 2000. UNCW also moved to 3-15 versus the Spiders at the Robins Center.
  • Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke picked up her first postseason victory as a collegiate coach as she moves to 1-4 during her career in the postseason and 1-2 in the WNIT
  • The Seahawks failed to shoot better than 40 percent from the floor for the third straight contest as it was limited to 39.6 percent shooting. It is the first time this season that the Seahawks have been held below 40 percent shooting in three straight contests.
  • UNCW recorded double-digit steals for the 26th time this season as it tallied 17 thefts versus the Spiders.
  • The Seahawks tallied double-digit assists for the 29th time this season as they dished out 10 helpers versus Richmond.
  • UNCW shot above 75 percent at free-throw line as it was 21-of-27 (.778) at the charity stripe for the contest.
  • The Seahawks overcome a double-figure deficit for the third time this season as it moved to 3-5 in contests this season in which it trails by 10 points or more.
  • The 31 turnovers for Richmond was a season-high for a UNCW opponent, eclipsing the old mark of 30 set by Wofford on Nov. 24.
  • UNCW enjoyed a 25-15 advantage in points off turnovers, highlighted by a 11-6 advantage in the second half.
  • The two teams combined for 54 points in the paint as Richmond held a 28-26 edge in that category.
  • UNCW had five players score in double figures for just the second time this season as five Seahawks reached double digits in UNCW's 83-80 win over Campbell on Dec. 11.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Reached double figures in scoring for the 18th time this season. Has scored in double figures in each of the last eight contests.
  • One of four players to establish a new school mark for games started in a season as she started her 32nd game of the season against Richmond. Also became one of six players to play in a school-record 32 games in a season.
  • Led team in assists for the 23rd time this season. Team improved to 18-5 when Andrews paces them in assists.

21 - Kristen Hanzer

  • Reached double figures in points for the 21st time this season and the 26th time in her career. Scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games.
  • One of four players to establish a new school mark for games started in a season as she started her 32nd game of the season versus Richmond. Also became one of six players to play in a school-record 32 games in a season.
  • Moved into 10th place on the program's single-season list for free-throw made with eight made free-throws against the Spiders. Has knocked down 103 free-throws this season.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Scored in double figures for the ninth time this season and the 10th time in her career. Has reached double figures in two of the last three games.
  • Became one of six players to play in a school-record 32 games in a season with her appearance against the Spiders.

31 - Treasure Johnson

  • Became one of six players to play in a school-record 32 games in a season with her appearance against the Spiders.

42 - Martha White

  • Scored in double figures for the 25th time this season and the 48th time in her career. Has scored in double figures in 19 of the last 21 contests.
  • Moved into sole possession third place on the program's single-season blocked shots chart with three rejections against the Spiders. Has recorded 59 blocked shots during her senior season
  • Led team in rebounding for the 11th time this season and the 15th time in her career. Team improved to 10-1 and 11-4 when White guides them on the glass.
  • Became one of four players to establish a new school mark for games started in a season as she started her 32nd game of the season versus Richmond. Also became one of six players to play in a school-record 32 games in a season.

45 - Brittany Blackwell

  • Reached double figures in points for the 27th time this season and the 101st time in her career. Led team in points for the 13th time this season and the 56th time in her career. Team moved to 11-2 and 32-24 when Blackwell paces them in points.
  • Became the program's single-season leader in steals with four thefts against the Spiders. Surpassed Sheila Patterson as she became the first player in program history to record 100 steals in a season. Has tallied 101 thefts during her senior campaign.
  • Became one of four players to establish a new school mark for games started in a season as she started her 32nd game of the season versus Richmond. Also became one of six players to play in a school-record 32 games in a season.

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