UNCW Rides Trice's Hot Hand Past Pride
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland - Sophomore Abria Trice poured in a career-high 33 points to lead four players in double figures as fifth-seeded UNCW defeated fourth-seeded Hofstra, 94-87, in quarterfinal round action at the 2012 Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship Friday at Show Place Arena.
The Seahawks improved to 20-11 overall and advance to the semifinal round, where they will face No. 1 seed Delaware, who defeated No. 8 Old Dominion earlier on Friday, at Noon. The Pride moved to 19-11 on the season with their second-straight setback.
Trice was 13-of-16 from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range, to power a UNCW attack that shot 47.9 percent from the field and 72.0 percent at the charity stripe. Junior Jessica Freeman added 17 points and matched a tournament record with eight steals as UNCW forced the Pride into 20 turnovers on the afternoon.
Junior Shante Evans posted a double-double with 21 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to pace the Pride. Senior Nicole Capurso added 18 points and junior Candace Bond pitched in 17. Senior Marie Malone rounded out the quartet of double figure scorers for the Pride with 12 points.
In a tight first half that featured a total of six ties and three lead changes, Hofstra took an early 7-2 lead, only to have the Seahawks counter with nine unanswered points to build an 11-7 cushion.
The Pride responded to the Seahawks spurt with a 13-5 run that would give them a 20-16 lead. Hofstra maintained its advantage over the next three minutes until a jumper and free throw by junior Tawanna Lee on back-to-back possessions would ignite a 28-14 stretch that gave UNCW its largest margin of the game, 51-40, with just 48 seconds remaining in the first half.
A jumper by sophomore Annie Payton with 33 seconds on the clock in the opening frame sparked a 12-5 run that would pull the Pride within four, 56-52, less than two minutes into the second half.
Back-to-back baskets by Freeman and Andrews would end the Hofstra run and push the UNCW advantage back to nine, only to have a Capruso layup initiate a 14-5 stretch that would bring the Pride level with UNCW at 66-all with 9:49 to play.
UNCW would regain the lead moments later, using a pair of free throws by junior Karneshia Garrett on its next possession to spark a 6-1 mini-run and build a 72-67 edge.
Back-to-back baskets by Evans trimmed the Seahawks advantage back to one, 72-71, before UNCW used an 18-11 stretch to create a 90-82 cushion with just 1.58 showing on the clock.
The Pride used a layup by Bond and a three-pointer by Capurso to pull within four, 91-87, with just 37 seconds remaining, but a free-throw by Andrews and a breakaway layup by Trice would keep the Pride from completing the comeback and determine the seven-point margin of victory.
4 - Alisha Andrews
10 - Abria Trice
24 - Jessica Freeman
32 - Ayoola Weaver
40 - Karneshia Garrett
Established a new career high in points with eight, breaking old mark of seven set against Georgia State on Feb. 29.