Garrett Guides Seahawks Past Tigers
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior Karneshia Garrett tied a career high with 21 points to lead UNCW past Towson, 53-51, in a closely contested Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball game Thursday night at Trask Coliseum.
In a contest that saw neither team take a lead of more than five points, the Seahawks claimed their second consecutive victory and fifth straight over the Tigers as it improved to 17-10 on the year and 10-6 in the CAA. Towson dropped to 16-11 overall and 7-9 in league action with the two-point setback.
Garrett added 11 rebounds to her point total for her sixth double-double of the season and the second in three games. Sophomore guard Abria Trice was the only other UNCW player in double figures with 11 markers.
Senior guard Krystin Fields led Towson with 15 points, while sophomore guard Tanisha McTiller added 11. Senior guard Deree Fooks compiled a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
With the score tied at 49-all at the 2:08 mark of the second half, junior guard Tawanna Lee drained two free throws to put UNCW out in front, 51-49.
Fields was fouled on the ensuing Towson possession, but made only one of her two free throws to trim the lead to 51-50. After Garrett responded with her own 1-of-2 performance from the line to make the score 52-50, the Tigers had a chance to tie the score with six seconds left with Fooks at the line.
But after making the first free throw, Fooks second attempt clanged off the iron. After Garrett added yet another free throw, Towson's halfcourt heave was off the mark and UNCW walked away with the win.
In the first half, the Tigers clung to a narrow 11-9 lead at the 11:20 mark when UNCW went on a 7-1 spurt capped by an inside bucket from junior forward Ayoola Weaver to give the Seahawks the 16-12 advantage.
Towson responded with a 7-2 run of its own, retaking the lead, 23-22, on a jumper from Fields at the 4:23 mark.
But UNCW would hold the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the frame, taking a 24-23 lead into halftime off a bucket by Trice at the 1:13 mark.
The teams stayed close again in the second half until Towson rattled off a 15-6 run, capped by a trey from senior guard Krystal Parnell at 11:29 to give the Tigers their largest lead at 41-36.
UNCW slowly chipped away, eventually tying the game at 45-all on a fast break bucket from junior guard Jessica Freeman, setting the stage for the clutch free throws by Garrett and Lee that helped the Seahawks outlast their opponent.
Both teams return to action Saturday in 2 p.m. matinees. UNCW travels to Hofstra for its final regular season road contest, while Towson returns home to host Drexel in its home finale.
10 - Abria Trice
40 - Karneshia Garrett