WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Sophomore Shae Kelley scored 19 points and added 17 rebounds to lead Old Dominion to a 62-55 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.
The Lady Monarchs improved to 15-6 overall and 6-3 in CAA play while the Seahawks slipped to 2-17 and 1-7 as they suffered their sixth straight setback.
Kelley paced an ODU lineup that made just 20 of 64 field goal attempts (.313) for the game, including just 2-of-15 (.133) attempts from beyond the arc. Senior Jackie Cook chipped in 13 points to join Kelley in double figures while senior Mairi Buchan and freshman Galaisha Goodhope finished with eight points apiece.
Trailing 42-31 at the 14:48 mark of the second half, a layup by Kelley sparked a 23-9 spurt that lasted just over eight minutes and put the Lady Monarchs in front, 54-51. ODU did a majority of its damage during the spurt from the free-throw line, knocking down 11 of 12 attempts from the charity stripe.
Back-to-back layups by Atkins and McGowen ended the Lady Monarchs spurt and put the Seahawks back in front, 55-54, only to see the Lady Monarchs convert on its next three trips down the floor to make it a 60-55 contest with 4:20 left to play.
The two teams would go close to four minutes between points before Goodhope would split a pair of trips to the free throw line in the final minute to determine the seven-point margin.
In the first half, ODU held an 11-4 lead when a layup by McGowen sparked a 28-9 spurt that put the Seahawks in front, 32-20, with 4:37 remaining.
The Lady Monarchs responded, tallying 11 of the next 15 points to make it a 36-31 contest at the 17:09 mark of the second half.
UNCW rattled off six unanswered points to regain their double-digit lead, 42-31, and set up the Lady Monarchs' game-changing run.
Both teams return to action Tuesday. UNCW hosts Hofstra while Old Dominion travels to George Mason. Both contests are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.
Old Dominion increased its lead in the all-time series to 45-1. The Seahawks moved to 1-21 all-time against the Lady Monarchs in Norfolk.
Old Dominion held a 46-42 edge on the glass as UNCW was outrebounded for the 15th time this season. The Seahawks moved to 0-15 this season when being out-rebounded by its opponent.
UNCW lost its third straight contest when holding a lead at halftime as it moved to 1-4 this season and 68-21 since the start of the 2007-08 season when holding an advantage at halftime.
The Seahawks suffered their second straight loss when holding a double-digit lead as they moved to 2-2 this season and 69-9 since the start of the 2007-08 season when holding a double figure lead during a contest.
The two teams combined for 54 points in the paint as UNCW held a 30-24 advantage in that category.
UNCW committed more than 20 turnovers in a contest for the fifth time this season as they finished with 21 miscues. ODU ended the game with 14 turnovers as the two teams combined for 34 points off turnovers (ODU 20, UNCW 14).
ODU's bench out-scored the Seahawks' reserves by a 19-6 margin. It marked the 12th time this season that UNCW's bench has scored fewer points than its opponents.
UNCW dished out double figure assists for the fifth straight contest and the 12th time this season as they finished with 10 assists for the game.
The Seahawks 34 points in the first half represented a new season high in that category, eclipsing the old mark of 32 set against NCCU on Nov. 28.
Both teams shot better than 70 percent at the free-throw line as UNCW was 12-of-17 (.706) while ODU made 20-of-27 (.741) tries at the stripe.