Carolina - Sophomore guard Alisha Andrews lit up the floor with 22 points,
including a career-high six three-pointers, to lead UNCW past Georgia
State, 64-54, on Senior Night in Colonial Athletic Association women's
basketball action Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawk victory ensured a rematch between the squads in
the opening round of the CAA Women's Basketball Championships on March 8. UNCW
improved to 18-11, 11-7 in conference play, and finishes in a tie for fourth with Hofstra in the league standings, but claimd the No. 5 seed by way of tiebreakers. The Panthers dropped to 8-21, 2-16 in league action,
and finished as the No. 12 team in the CAA.
Senior forward Theresa Jackson-Henderson, who was honored
before her final home contest as a Seahawk, made the most of her first career
start with career-highs in boards and points, posting 14 and seven,
respectively. Junior forward Karneshia Garrett added a double-double with 18
points and 10 rebounds.
Junior center Cody Paulk paced GSU with 16 points, while senior
forward Chan Harris notched 14 markers and a team-high eight boards. The duo
shot a combined 12-of-21 from the floor, but were two of the only effective
elements of the Panthers' offense on the night.
Early in the second half, the Seahawks were still holding a slim 25-23 lead when one of Andrews' five three-pointers in the frame sparked a 15-4 run. Garrett
concluded the streak with a layup at the 13:37 mark to give UNCW the 40-27
GSU battled back, creating a 10-2 run of its own to cut the
Seahawks' advantage to 42-37 off a jumper from Paulk at the 9:52 mark.
But UNCW answered behind two more treys from Andrews,
boosting the advantage back to 10 at 48-38. The Seahawks held sway for the
remainder of the contest, never allowing the Panthers to pull within six.
Both squads struggled shooting the ball at the start of the
contest. A layup from Garrett with 17:51 left in the half gave UNCW a 6-3 lead,
but neither team scored for the next five minutes of action.
By the time GSU's junior guard Tiffany Anderson broke the
scoreless drought at 12:14 to cut the Seahawks' lead to 6-5, the teams had started
a combined 3-of-22 from the field.
With UNCW still clinging to a 13-12 lead at 5:27, Garrett
deposited two of her 10 first half markers to spark a 12-6 run to give the
Seahawks their largest lead of the half, 25-18. Andrews capped the run by
draining a trey with 1:58 remaining in the half.
Two Panther free throws in the final minute, one by both
junior guard Jerlisa Taylor and junior center Cody Paulk, concluded the
halftime scoring as UNCW went into the break with a 25-20 advantage.
The two squads are off until a week from Thursday when they
meet again in the opening round of the CAA Tournament. It will be the first
meeting between the Seahawks and the Panthers in the conference championships.
UNCW improved to 8-7 all-time against Georgia
State as it picked up its third straight victory against the Panthers. The
Seahawks also moved to 4-3 at home as it picked up its second consecutive home
win against GSU.
The Seahawks recorded double-figure assists for
the 27th time this season as it finished with 16 assists.
UNCW improved to 13-1 this season and 31-4 under
Cooper-Dyke when it holds a lead at half time.
The Seahawks moved to 11-0 this season and 31-3
under Cooper-Dyke when it holds a lead of 10 points or more in a contest.
UNCW out-rebounded its opponent for the eighth
time this season as it held a 46-44 edge on the glass. The Seahawks improved to
7-1 this season and 21-5 under Cooper-Dyke when it holds an advantage on the
The Seahawks led wire-to-wire for just the
second time this season (Xavier) and the seventh time under Cooper-Dyke.
UNCW knocked down eight or more three-pointers
for the sixth time this season as it was 8-of-18 from three-point range against
the Panthers. The Seahawks improved to 5-1 this season when doing so.
The Seahawks shot 40 percent from the floor for
the 14th time this season as it was 23-of-66 (.348) from the field. UNCW moved
to 4-10 this season and 10-16 under Cooper-Dyke when doing so.
UNCW held its opponent below 35 percent shooting
for the fifth time this season as it limited Georgia State to just 19-of-58
shooting (.328). The Seahawks improved to 5-0 this season when holding
opponents below 35 percent from the field.
The 20 points by Georgia State in the first half
was a season low for a UNCW opponent. The previous low for a Seahawks opponent in
the first half was 23, set in the teams matchup with Towson on Feb. 23.
GSU held a 20-8 edge in second-chance points,
including a 16-6 edge in the second half.