UNCW Press Release
CHARLOTTE – Sophomore guard Tori Carter tallied a game-high 16 points to lead four players in double figures as Charlotte cruised to a 78-57 victory over UNCW in collegiate women's basketball action Friday at Halton Arena.
The 49ers improved to 6-7 overall while the Seahawks slipped to 1-13 on the season as both teams closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule with the Noon matinee.
Carter paced a balanced 49ers attack that shot 46.0 percent (29-of-63) from the floor for the contest, highlighted by a 15-of-30 effort in the first half. Redshirt junior Gabby Tyler chipped 14 points, Sophomore Kira Gordon added 11 and junior Hillary Sigmon finished with 10 to join Carter in double figures. Sophomore Alexis Alexander pulled down eight rebounds and Gordon grabbed seven as Charlotte enjoyed a 46-28 advantage on the glass.
Freshman D'Asia Cain scored 14 of her team-high 15 points in the second half to lead a UNCW attack that was 12-for-24 from the floor during the final 20 minutes after shooting just 9-of-27 (.333) from the field in the opening frame. Freshman Amber Reeves pitched in nine points while fellow newcomers Brie Mobley and Naqaiyyah Teague finished with eight points apiece.
Charlotte never trailed in the contest, scoring the first four points of the game before using a 16-6 spurt over a 5:56 span midway through the opening frame to stretch an 8-6 advantage into a 24-12 cushion.
A jumper by Mobley and a 3-pointer from the left corner by Atkins halted the 49ers surge temporarily, but a jumper by Rankin ignited another 49ers run, this time a 14-4 sequence, that gave Charlotte their largest lead of the half, 38-21.
Holding a 38-24 lead at the break, Charlotte maintained a double-digit cushion through the remainder of the contest, using a 9-2 run midway through the frame to take a 65-46 lead. A layup by Carter in the final minute capped a quick four-point spurt and gave the 49ers their largest lead of the contest, 78-56, before a free-throw by freshman Johanna McMillan determined the 21-point final margin.
Both teams return to action next week. UNCW begins Colonial Athletic Association play Jan. 9 with a 7 p.m. matchup against Northeastern at Trask Coliseum while Charlotte continues a four-game homestand when it opens Conference USA play with a 7 p.m. contest versus Old Dominion.