WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior guard Tawanna Lee scored a career-high 21 points as UNCW outlasted a late William & Mary rally to win, 80-77, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday afternoon at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks, who returned to the win column after No. 12 Delaware ended UNCW's five game winning streak Thursday, climbed to 14-8 overall and 7-4 in conference play. The Tribe dropped its third straight contest and fell to 9-13 on the year and 2-9 in the CAA.
Sophomore guard Abria Trice and junior forward Ayoola Weaver both recorded double doubles for UNCW. Trice posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Weaver compiled 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Junior forward Chelsea McGowen added a career-high 12 markers.
Junior forward Emily Correal led the Tribe with a game-high 22 points. Junior guard Janine Aldridge was close behind with 19 points, while senior guard Taysha Pye posted 13 markers. Junior center Jaclyn McKenna added a double double, notching 14 points and 10 rebounds.
With W&M holding a narrow 71-69 lead at the 3:39 mark, UNCW rattled off a 9-0 run, capped by a McGowen jumper to take a 78-71 advantage with 1:31 to go.
A trey by Aldridge at the 44-second mark cut the lead to 78-74 before UNCW committed a five second violation on the ensuing inbounds. W&M took advantage, as McKenna converted a three-point play to slice the lead to 78-77 with 38 ticks still on the clock.
UNCW, which won its sixth-straight game against W&M, got two free throws from sophomore guard Alisha Andrewswith 19 seconds remaining to boost the advantage to 80-77. The Tribe's Aldridge and senior guard Katherine DeHenzel then both had looks at potential game-tying threes on W&M's final two possessions, but both shots were off the mark and the Seahawks held on for the win.
In the first half, UNCW clung to an 8-7 lead at the 14:06 mark, when DeHenzel pegged a trey to spark an 8-0 run. McKenna capped the spurt with a three-pointer of her own with 12:40 left before halftime to give W&M a seven point lead, 15-8.
The Tribe still held the lead, 28-24, at the 6:45 mark, but McGowen notched a bucket inside to begin a 9-0 run which gave UNCW the 33-28 lead at 2:41 off two free throws from Lee. The Seahawks shot 8-of-8 from the charity stripe in the first half.
The 9-0 spurt was part of a 16-6 run to conclude the first half for UNCW, sending the Seahawks into the halftime break leading, 40-34.
The Tribe came out roaring out of the gate in the second period with a quick 10-2 run to grab a 44-42 lead off a jumper from junior guard Chanel Murchison with 17:40 to play.
The Seahawks responded 2:02 later, when a layup by junior forward Karneshia Garrett sparked a 10-2 run. Junior guard Jessica Freeman drained a long ball to complete the spurt to give UNCW a 54-49 lead with 10:46 remaining.
W&M recovered again, however, to take a 56-54 lead with 9:41 left following a 7-0 run capped by an Aldridge bucket.
Both teams return to the court for mid-week clashes Thursday at 7 p.m. UNCW travels to Atlanta, Ga., to face Georgia State, while W&M heads back to Kaplan Arena to host Towson.
UNCW's 80 markers represented the second-highest
point total of the campaign, second only to the 90-point effort against NC
A&T on January 2.
The Seahawks improved to 7-0 this season and
20-1 under Cooper-Dyke when scoring 70 or more points in a contest.
Seahawks committed 20 turnovers, the most since UNCW was charged with 21
miscues in a 69-37 defeat at No. 18 Delaware on Jan. 12
featured a total of 10 ties and 18 lead changes, the most this season in a game
for UNCW in both categories.
48 total rebounds, a season high in that regard, eclipsing a 47 rebound effort
at Ohio on Nov. 30.
Both squads shot over 80 percent from the
charity stripe for the game (UNCW 81.3 percent, W&M 85.7 percent). The two
sides combined to make all 10 of its free throws in the first half (UNCW
8-for-8; W&M 2-for-2).
UNCW improved to is 18-8 all time against
William and Mary on its home court as it trimmed the Tribe's lead in the all-time
series to 30-27. The two teams meet again in two weeks in Williamsburg, Va., on
The Tribe's 77 points was the most scored
against UNCW in a Seahawk victory this season, surpassing the 73 tallies put up
by both Campbell and Charlotte.
UNCW recorded double figure assists for the 21st
time this season as it finished with a total of 18 helpers in the contest.
The Seahawks failed to record double figure
steals for the fourth straight contest as they posted just seven thefts in the
UNCW failed to record a blocked shot for just
the third time this season (Northeastern; at Northeastern).
The Seahawks held a 27-13 advantage in points
off the bench, including a 16-6 edge in the second half.