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Seahawks close out regular season with loss at Charleston

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CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Freshman Brie Mobley poured in a career-high 29 points and junior Kelva Atkins added 21, but College of Charleston held on for an 85-77 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Wednesday at TD Arena.

In the regular-season finale for both programs, the Cougars improved to 16-13 overall and 9-7 in league play while the Seahawks slipped to 4-26 and 3-13.

Mobley was 10-of-18 from the floor while Atkins was 8-of-17 from the field to pace a UNCW lineup that shot 40.6 percent from the floor for the contest, including a 19-of-37 performance in the second half. Freshman Ryan Flowers joined the duo in double figures with 14, 12 of which came in the second half.

Seniors Afreyea Tolbert and Alyssa Frye scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, to lead a CofC lineup that shot 52.8 percent from the floor and had four players reach double figures. Junior Mikaela Hopkins added 11 points and fellow junior Jazz Green pitched in 10 markers to join Tolbert and Frye in double figures.

UP NEXT: UNCW opens the 2014 CAA Women's Basketball Championship against William & Mary in a first-round contest on March 13 at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. Tipoff for the contest is slated for Noon. College of Charleston will be the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6 seed Towson in quarterfinal-round action on March 14.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Moments after an 11-3 run gave College of Charleston its largest lead of the game, 69-50, with 9:05 remaining in the contest, a three-pointer by McMillan sparked UNCW to a 20-6 run that cut the Cougars advantage to 75-70 with 3:22 left to play.

The two teams traded points over the next 1:41 before junior Christy Hewatt knocked down three straight free throws to push the CofC lead to seven, 82-75, with 39 seconds on the clock.

A pair of free throws by Atkins with 29 seconds remaining pulled UNCW within five, but Tolbert converted three of four tosses at the charity stripe over the final 14 seconds to determine the final eight-point margin.

Earlier in the contest, CofC used a 17-6 spurt to erase an early 2-0 deficit and build a 17-8 cushion. A 4-1 spurt later in the first half gave the Cougars their largest lead of the half, 30-12, before the Seahawks responded with eight of the next 10 points to trim their deficit to six, 32-26, at the three-minute mark.

CofC regained its momentum seconds later, using a free throw by Tolbert to close the first half on an 8-2 spurt and take a 40-28 advantage into the locker room.

The two teams would trade baskets over the first eight minutes of the second half before a three-pointer by Frye sparked the Cougars to their 11-3 spurt and set up the Seahawks comeback attempt.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two teams combined for 78 points in the paint, with UNCW holding a slim 42-36 edge in that category … Both teams shot 69 percent at the free-throw line as UNCW was 20-of-29 (.690) from the stripe while CofC was 25-of-36 (.694) … UNCW was just 1-of-15 (.067) from three-point range while CofC was 4-of-7 (.571) … The two teams combined for 49 fouls (UNCW 25, CofC 24) … UNCW held a 20-9 advantage in points off turnovers as they forced CofC into 19 turnovers … Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the floor in the second half (UNCW 19-of-37; CofC 14-of-26).

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