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UNCW Rides Trice's Hot Hand Past Pride

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/09/2012
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Junior Jessica Freeman scored 17 points and matched a tournament record with eight steals against Hofstra on Friday.
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Junior Jessica Freeman scored 17 points and matched a tournament record with eight steals against Hofstra on Friday.

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.

Sophomore Alisha Andrews chipped in 13 points and junior Ayoola Weaver added 11 points and pitched in eight boards to power a Seahawks rebounding effort that held a 44-31 edge on the glass.

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.

GAME NOTES:

  • UNCW improved to 15-27 all-time in CAA Championship contests as it advanced to the semifinals for the second straight season and the eighth time in program history.
  • The Seahawks improved to 12-10 all-time versus Hofstra as it picked up its third win in four tries against the Pride over the last two seasons.
  • UNCW scored a season-high 94 points against the Pride, breaking the previous season high of 90 set against North Carolina A&T on Jan. 2. The 94 points was the highest point total for the Seahawks since scoring 100 points in a 100-51 victory versus Long Island on Dec. 21, 1997.
  • The win moved UNCW into the 20-win plateau for the second straight season and the fourth time in program history. The back-to-back 20 win seasons marked the first time UNCW has won 20 or more games in back-to-back seasons in program history.
  • The Seahawks improved to 10-0 this season and 23-1 under Cooper-Dyke when scoring 70 or more points in a contest.
  • The 87 points scored by the Pride is the highest point total for an opposing team in a loss under Cooper-Dyke.
  • UNCW pulled down a season-high 22 offensive rebounds, surpassing its previous season high in that category of 20 set on two prior occasions (Washington State and Georgia State).
  • UNCW's bench out-scored the Pride's reserves by a 28-10 margin as Freeman and Weaver combined for all 28 of those points.
  • The Seahawks recorded double-figure steals for the 18th time this season as it posted 15 thefts against the Pride.
  • UNCW notched double-figure assists for the 29th time this season as it dished out 14 assists versus the Pride.
  • The Seahawks held a 24-14 edge in points scored off turnovers, highlighted by a 13-6 advantage in the second half.
  • UNCW knocked down eight or more three pointers for the eighth time this season as it was 8-of-16 from three-point range. The Seahawks improved to 7-1 this season when doing so.
  • The Seahawks shot better than 40 percent from the floor for the 16th time this season and improved to 15-1 when doing so. UNCW also moved to 33-4 under Cooper-Dyke when making more than 40 percent of its attempts from the field.
  • UNCW shot better than 70 percent from the free-throw line for the ninth time this season and improved to 7-2 when doing so.
  • UNCW improved to 15-1 this season and 33-4 under Cooper-Dyke when leading at halftime.
  • The Seahawks improved to 12-0 this season and 32-3 under Cooper-Dyke when leading by 10 or more points during a contest.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

4 - Alisha Andrews

  • Moved into sole possession of seventh place on the program's all-time steals list (179) with her one steal against the Pride. Surpassed Cindy Makowski during the contest.
  • Reached double figures in points for the 20th time this season and the 39th time in her career.

10 - Abria Trice

  • Reached double figures in points for the 16th time this season and the sixth time in the last seven games.
  • Scored the most points by a UNCW player in a single game since Chandra Watkins tallied 33 against James Madison on Jan. 8, 1999.
  • Matched her career high with four steals, set against VCU on Jan. 8.
  • Led team in scoring for the second straight contest and the ninth team this season.

24 - Jessica Freeman

  • Reached double figures in points for the 11th time this season and the 21st time in her career.
  • Established a new career for steals with eight, breaking the old mark of five set on three previous occasions. Her eight steals were the most by a UNCW player this season.
  • Led team in assists for the fourth time this season and the 12th time in her career.

32 - Ayoola Weaver

  • Reached double figures for the eighth time this season.
  • Led team in rebounding for the 11th time this season.

40 - Karneshia Garrett

  • Led team in rebounding for the 16th time this season.

44 - Theresa Jackson-Henderson

Established a new career high in points with eight, breaking old mark of seven set against Georgia State on Feb. 29.


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