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Late run pushes Cougars past Seahawks

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Afreyea Tolbert scored 16 points to lead three players in double figures as the College of Charleston pulled away late from UNCW, 67-53, in a Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball game Thursday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Cougars won their fourth road game of the season to improve to 14-12 overall and 7-6 in the CAA. The Seahawks lost their eighth in a row and dropped to 3-24 and 2-11.

Tolbert connected on 7-of-17 from the field and snared eight rebounds for the Cougars, who prevailed in the first CAA game between the two regional rivals. Junior guard Jazz Green added 14 points and nine boards and junior center Mikaela Hopkins finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks.

Freshman guard Brie Mobley paced UNCW with 21 points and grabbed nine caroms. Junior playmaker Kelva Atkins registered her first career double-double with 18 points and a career-best 15 rebounds, while freshman forward Ryan Flowers closed with 16 rebounds.

The Seahawks were held without a three-point field goal in the contest, going 0-for-6 from long distance. It marked the fourth time this season UNCW was shut out behind the arc.

CofC built a 30-21 cushion at halftime and was still up by 10 points midway through the final period, but couldn't shake the pesky Seahawks. With Atkins leading a surge, UNCW strung together eight consecutive points and Mobley's layup in the paint brought UNCW within, 45-43, with 9:24 left to play.

It was the closest the Seahawks could come, however, as Tolbert answered with a drive down the right side and the Cougars finished the last eight minutes of the contest in total control

CofC outscored UNCW, 15-4, over the next six minutes and enjoyed its largest lead of the game with 1:59 remaining when Hopkins made a free throw to give the Cougars a 65-49 bulge and remain in fourth place in the CAA.

UNCW got off to a strong start and scored seven of the first eight points for a quick lead on CofC. Atkins scored on a pair of jumpers and rookie guard Amber Reeves made a free throw with 16:27 remaining in the first period for a 7-1 advantage.

The Seahawks still led, 14-9, when CofC seized control. The Cougars held the Seahawks scoreless over a five-minute stretch and reeled off nine straight points to forge out to an 18-14 lead. Green capped the spurt with a layup down the middle of the lane at 5:19.

The Cougars led, 22-16, after a Hopkins putback with just under four minutes on the clock, but the Seahawks closed the gap to 22-21 on Mobley's putback at 2:34.

CofC netted the final eight points of the first half to take a 30-21 bulge into intermission after holding the Seahawks to 27.3 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.

GAME NOTES: The Seahawks and Cougars play in the regular season finale on March 5 in Charleston…UNCW outrebounded CofC, 52-49…The Cougars had 10 blocks…Senior guard Jillian Brown of CofC played all 40 minutes…The Seahawks went 9-of-19 at the charity stripe…UNCW shot 27.3 percent in the first half and 38.2 percent after the break…The Seahawks are 2-11 at home…Six of the seven players who saw action for UNCW scored…The Seahawks had 10 offensive rebounds…Three UNCW players finished with four fouls…CofC scored 14 points off turnovers.

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