UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Freshman forward Sarah Curran shared game-high honors with 14 points and Drexel used its stingy defense to handcuff UNCW, 57-43, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at Trask Coliseum.
Drexel, the CAA's second-best defensive unit, snapped a two-game losing streak to square its record at 11-11 on the season and move into a tie for second place in the circuit at 6-3. UNCW, wrapping up a two-game homestand, dropped its fifth in a row and stands 3-21 and 2-8.
Curran anchored three players in double figures for the Dragons with 14 points and added nine rebounds. Senior guard Fiona Flanagan and sophomore guard Meghan Creighton contributed 11 points apiece.
Senior playmaker Kelva Atkins and freshman forward Ryan Flowers had 14 points each for the Seahawks, who meet the Dragons again on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia. Atkins also had nine rebounds, six assists and four steals in a full stat line, while Flowers snared eight rebounds.
In the annual "Play 4Kay" contest, with UNCW featuring new pink uniforms to support the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's program to raise awareness for breast cancer research, the Seahawks fell behind, 30-20, at halftime and played catch-up in the second half.
Flanagan got the Dragons going right off the bat in the final period with a steal and layup with just under 19 minutes remaining and Drexel kept the margin at double digits before a 10-4 spurt increased the advantage. The lead swelled to 16 points, 51-35, on Creighton's second of three trifectas at 6:48.
A pair of free throws by Flanagan with 2:55 left to play extended the lead to 55-37 – Drexel's largest of the game – as the Dragons remained in control.
UNCW scored the final four points of the game on two free throws by Atkins and a putback by Brie Mobley.
The two teams traded baskets early and the Dragons connected on five of their first eight field goal attempts to take an 11-8 lead. Flanagan's layup with 14:22 remaining gave Drexel a three-point edge.
Kelva Atkins caught fire midway through the period, making three consecutive shots, including a jumper with 8:50 as the Seahawks grabbed a 16-15 edge.
UNCW still led, 18-17, when the Dragons reeled off nine straight points as part of a 13-2 run to close out the first half. Meghan Creighton started the spurt with a three-pointer from the top of the key with just over seven minutes remaining and then capped the rally with a layup with 16 seconds on the clock to give the Dragons a 30-20 cushion at intermission.
Drexel shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes on 13-of-26 shooting and forced 11 turnovers to gain some separation.
GAME NOTES: The Seahawks outrebounded the Dragons by a 34-30 margin…Atkins had six of UNCW's eight helpers…UNCW shot 33.33 percent on the day…The Seahawks were 1-of-8 behind the arc…Atkins wound up 5-of-17 from the floor…Flowers made 7-of-11 shots…Atkins and Flanagan each played 39 minutes…The Dragons made all six of their free throw attempts…UNCW had 15 offensive boards…The Seahawks came up with seven steals…UNCW had the lead twice in the contest … It marked the fifth straight game the Seahawks have been held to 50 or fewer points
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