WBB Preview: Old Dominion
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW women's basketball team looks to complete the season sweep of Old Dominion when the Lady Monarchs visit Trask Coliseum Sunday for a 2 p.m. Colonial Athletic Association matinee.
Sunday's contest will serve as the Seahawks annual Play 4Kay/Molly Maid Pink Game, with the team wearing pink uniforms and other apparel in support of breast cancer awareness.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game and the UNCW athletic ticket office is offering a $3 ticket to fans wearing pink. Fans attending the game without pink apparel will be able to purchase pink UNCW t-shirts for $5 each, with proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society.
Prior to the national anthem, the team will sponsor a "Survivor Walk." All cancer survivors are encouraged to meet on the Trask Coliseum court and be recognized for their courageous fight against the disease.
Atlanta native Abria Trice was the hero for UNCW as she broke a 69-all tie with a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Seahawks the three-point victory.
Trice finished the game with 14 points to pace three UNCW players in double figures as sophomore Alisha Andrews led all scorers with 22 points and junior Tawanna Lee chipped in 16 points. Andrews and Lee finished also finished with seven and six assists, respectively; highlighting a Seahawks lineup that recorded 15 assists in the contest.
"It's tough to win on the road in the CAA and Thursday's game as exception," said UNCW Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. "Georgia State played extremely well and made it very difficult for us, but I was pleased to see us continue to make strides and find a way to win a very tough contest. Abria obviously hit the game-winning shot, but it was a team effort that won us the game and that is something that we will look to build upon."
Old Dominion (8-16; 5-7 CAA) wraps up a three-game road swing Sunday that has seen the Lady Monarchs post a two-point victory at Hofstra (81-79) and fall at No. 12 Delaware (76-63). Senior Tia Lewis continues to serve as one of the top double-double threats in the CAA, leading the ODU in both scoring (18.0) and rebounding (9.1). Junior Jackie Cook ranks second in scoring for first-year Head Coach Karen Barefoot's club with a 9.2 points per game average while freshman Ashley Betz-White has put together a solid rookie campaign, leading the team in both assists (3.5) and steals (1.5) while ranking third in scoring (8.8).
"We were successful in our first meeting against Old Dominion because we were committed to playing good defense and that will once again be important in this matchup," said Cooper-Dyke. "We must also do a good job of rebounding the basketball as that was another area I felt we did well against them in the first matchup. On an individual basis, we must do a good job on limiting Tia Lewis' touches as she is a dominant post player who is capable of taking over a contest."
The Seahawks will have a chance at a series sweep of the Lady Monarchs for the first time in program history after recording their first victory in the series in their last meeting, a 76-54 triumph at the Ted Constant Center on Jan. 22. The win halted ODU's 42-game winning streak against UNCW, at the time the nation's third longest winning streak against the same opponent.
The Seahawks return to the road next week for a pair of league games as they travel to second-place James Madison Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest before heading to William and Mary Sunday for a 2 p.m. matinee.