Seahawks Shake Slow Start To Beat GSU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - Fifth-seeded UNCW shook off a cold start to knock off No. 12 seed Georgia State, 66-59, in first round action at the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship Thursday at Show Place Arena.
The Seahawks improved to 19-11 overall and advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face No. 4 seed Hofstra Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Panthers saw their season come to a close with an 8-22 final mark.
Sophomore Abria Trice scored 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half, to lead a UNCW attack that shot just 33.3 percent from the floor for the contest. Junior Tawanna Lee and sophomore Alisha Andrews chipped nine points each while junior Karneshia Garrett added eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Seahawks held a commanding 51-38 edge on the glass.
Senior Chan Harris tallied 18 points and added 10 rebounds in her collegiate finale to lead Georgia State. Junior Jerlisa Taylor added 10 points while Ashley Watson finished with eight.
UNCW made its first two shots of the game to take a 4-0 lead just 46 seconds into the contest, only to go the next 11 minutes without a field goal as the Panthers built an 11-4 edge.
Andrews would finally break the cold streak with a three-pointer at the 8:06 mark to make it an 11-7 game.
The two sides would trade baskets over the next three minutes until, with the score 17-15 in favor of Georgia State, a layup by junior Chelsea McGowen sent UNCW on a 15-6 run that gave the Seahawks a 30-23 lead at the break.
The Seahawks continued their strong play early in the second half, scoring five of the first seven points of the frame to take its largest lead of the game, 35-25.
Back-to-back baskets by Paulk moments after the Seahawks spurt ignited a 10-3 stretch that would last more than six minutes and pull the Panthers within three, 40-37, at the 12:33 mark of the frame.
UNCW would waste little time re-gaining its double-figure lead, using a pair of free-throws by Trice to start a 9-2 stretch that gave the Seahawks a 49-39 cushion with 8:05 on the clock.
The Seahawks would maintain a two-possession lead over the next six minutes until Georgia State made one last push, scoring six of seven points over a 1:52 span to trim the UNCW advantage to three, 62-59, with 39 seconds on the clock.
That would as close as the Panthers would get, however, as Trice and Garrett converted all four of its free-throw opportunities to determine the seven-point margin of victory.
4 - Alisha Andrews
10 - Abria Trice
40 - Karneshia Garrett