Seahawks Survive Scare To Bounce Bobcats
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
ATHENS, Ohio - Sophomore Alisha Andrews scored a game-high 14 points and added a game-best six assists to lead UNCW to a 56-51 victory over host Ohio in collegiate women's basketball action Wednesday at the Convocation Center.
The Seahawks improved to 2-3 on the season as they picked up their fourth straight win against the Bobcats, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as they moved to 3-2.
Andrews was joined in double figures by juniors Tawanna Lee and Karneshia Garrett, who finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively to highlight a Seahawks attack that just made 22-of-62 (.355) field-goal attempts, but connected on a season-high 80.0 percent (8-of-10) of their free throw tries.
Garrett also grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds while juniors Chelsea McGowen and Ayoola Weaver added eight caroms each as UNCW enjoyed a 47-36 advantage on the glass.
Sophomore Erin Bailes scored 12 points for Ohio, who shot just 17-of-55 (.309) from the floor for the contest, including a frigid 8-of-32 (.250) effort in the second half. Junior Tina Fisher scored eight points and added seven rebounds and freshman Kat Yelle chipped in eight points and pitched in four rebounds.
After a 15-5 run midway through the second half gave UNCW its largest lead of the game, 48-35, a layup by freshman Mariah Byard ignited the Bobcats to a 14-4 spurt that lasted more than six minutes and pulled the Bobcats within three, 52-49, with 1:49 remaining.
The two sides would trade empty possessions until Andrews was fouled and made a pair of free throws with 35 seconds remaining to push the UNCW edge to five, 54-49.
A driving layup by Yelle on the Bobcats next trip down the floor made it a one-possession game again, 54-51.
Andrews was once again fouled on the Seahawks next possession and sent to the line with 19 seconds left on the clock, but missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity to give Ohio the ball with a chance to tie the game.
The Bobcats worked the ball to Bailes, who got off a game-tying three-point attempt that was short. McGowen grabbed the rebound and was fouled on the play, but was injured and had to leave the game. Lee was sent to the line in her place and made both free throws to determine the final margin.
Earlier in the contest, Ohio jumped out to a quick 14-4 lead and held a 21-13 advantage later in the frame when a three-pointer by junior Brittany Gamby at the 8:31 mark sparked the Seahawks to a 23-5 run that would give UNCW a 33-26 lead with 18:30 remaining in the second half.
The Bobcats ended the spurt with four unanswered points to pull within three, 33-30, but a fastbreak layup by Andrews started the 15-5 spurt that would put the Seahawks ahead, 48-35, and set up the final Ohio charge.
UNCW returns to action Sunday when they open Colonial Athletic Association action with a 1 p.m. matinee against Drexel. Ohio is back on the court Saturday with a 2 p.m. tilt at Duquesne.
GAME NOTES: UNCW improved to 4-2 all-time against Ohio and 2-1 versus the Bobcats in Athens ... The Seahawks also improved to 6-7 all-time versus schools from the Mid-American Conference ... The game featured a total of just two ties and two lead changes ... The Seahawks held a 30-24 edge in points in the paint and enjoyed a 12-4 advantage in fastbreak points ... UNCW committed more than 20 turnovers for the fourth time this season ... The Bobcats were without the services of leading scorer Tenishia Benson (14.5 ppg) and Porsha Harris, who is tied with Benson for the team lead in rebounds (10.5 rpg) ... Both teams shot 80 percent or better from the free-throw line (UNCW 8-of-10; Ohio 13-of-16) ... The Seahawks recorded double figure assists for the fifth time this season and the seventh straight contest, dating back to the end of the season ... The Seahawks posted double-figure thefts for the fourth time this season ... The 47 rebounds for the Seahawks were a season high ... UNCW out-rebounded its opponent for just the second time this season ... UNCW shot below 40 percent from the field for the third time this season.
2 - Tawanna Lee
4 - Alisha Andrews
22 - Brittany Gamby
40 - Karneshia Garrett
42 - Chelsea McGowen