WILMINGTON, N.C. - UNC Wilmington used a 26-6 first-half run to build a 23-point halftime lead and cruise to a 70-40 victory over regional foe Coastal Carolina Tuesday afternoon in collegiate women's basketball action at Trask Coliseum.
Playing in front of the third largest crowd for a women's basketball game in arena history, the Seahawks improved to 3-4 on the season as they shot a season-high 50.0 percent (27-of-54) from the field and enjoyed a commanding 46-23 advantage on the glass. The Chanticleers, meanwhile, fell to 7-3 overall as they saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Junior forward Brittany Blackwell paced the UNCW effort with team highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season and the second in as many contests. Junior forward Martha White joined Blackwell in double figures with 10 points while senior guards Whitney Simmons and Greta Luksyte chipped in nine and eight points, respectively. Blackwell also dished out a team-best five assists and junior forward Treasure Johnson matched her career high with four steals as the Seahawks posted season-high 14 steals.
Junior forward Sydnei Moss led Coastal Carolina with 12 points as the Chanticleers were limited to a .320 (16-of-50) field goal percentage, including an 8-for-28 (.286) effort from the floor in the second half. Moss was the only Coastal Carolina player to reach double figures as senior Amanda Stull posted nine points and senior forward Kendra Reynolds added seven points. Junior center Katie White recorded a game-high four blocks.
Leading 15-12 midway through the first half, a fast break layup by senior guard Whitney Simmons ignited the game-changing run that gave the Seahawks a commanding 41-18 lead at intermission. Seven different players scored during the pivotal stretch, highlighted by six points apiece from Blackwell and Simmons.
UNCW shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the floor in the first half and converted 14 Coastal Carolina turnovers into 20 points as it held the Chanticleers to just two baskets over the final 11:55 of the half. The Seahawks also enjoyed a 21-13 advantage on the glass in the opening frame, a total that included nine offensive rebounds.
The Seahawks were never threatened in the second half, maintaining a double-digit cushion throughout the final 20 minutes. UNCW closed out the contest on a 15-1 run as it took its biggest lead of the game on the final basket of the contest, a jumper by junior Kelsy Reitz with just over a minute remaining.
UNCW returns to action Thursday as the open a five-game roadtrip with a visit to Mid-American Conference foe Ohio. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Coastal Carolina is back on the court Sunday as they take on Savannah State in a 5 p.m. contest.
TEAM NOTES: The contest served as the third annual Seahawks Tomorrow contest, with kids from six local elementary schools attending the game as part of a full day of activities on the UNCW campus ... The Seahawks improved to 22-5 all-time against Coastal Carolina and extended their winning streak to three games against the Chanticleers ... UNCW held a 44-22 advantage in points in the paint and a 18-4 edge in fast break points ... The two teams combined to shoot 2-for-17 from three-point range ... UNCW improved to 2-0 this season and 41-0 since the start of the 2002-03 campaign when holding an opponent under 50 points ... The 40 points scored by the Chanticleers was the lowest point total for an UNCW opponent since George Mason scored 40 points in a 69-40 loss to the Seahawks on Feb. 12, 2009 ... The 40 points for Coastal Carolina was also the fourth-lowest total for an opponent during the Ann Hancock era ... UNCW shot a season-high 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the free-throw line in the contest ... The Seahawks reserves out-scored the Chanticleer bench by a 24-5 margin ... All 13 players dressed for UNCW saw action and 12 of the 13 scored at least two points.
Reached double figures in scoring for the 56th time in her career and the seventh time this season ... Has scored in double figures in each of the past 22 games ... Recorded the 20th double-doubles of her career ... Seahawks improved to 16-4 all-time when she records a double-double ... Led team in scoring for seventh time this season and the 34th time in her career ... Paced team in rebounding for the sixth time this season and the 41st time in her career ... Needs just seven rebounds to move into a tie for 10th on the program's career rebounding list.