WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Kelva Atkins (Granville Central H.S./Stem, N.C.) and sophomore guard Amber Reeves (North Cobb H.S./Marietta, Ga.) each recorded a “double double” as the UNCW women's basketball team opened its regular season with a 75-38 victory over UNC Pembroke at Trask Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The victory marked the Seahawks' first win in a season opener since the 2009-10 campaign when they defeated Wofford by an 84-53 margin.
Led by seven points from senior center Sarah Myatt (Southern Alamance H.S./Burlington, N.C.), the Seahawks built a commanding 24-9 lead in the first 14 minutes of the game before heading into the intermission with a 32-15 advantage over the Braves.
The Braves narrowed the gap to 35-17 with 17:59 remaining in the second half on a lay-up by senior forward Kierra Haney (South Columbus H.S./Tabor City, N.C.) before the Seahawks used five points in an 11-second span to extend the advantage to 40-17 with 16:19 left.
From there, the Seahawks continued to expand their advantage over the Braves and never led by fewer than 19 points for the final 16 minutes.
One of five UNCW players to score in double figures, Atkins earned the third “double double” of her UNCW career by scoring 10 points with a game-high 13 rebounds. She also matched her career high by recording seven assists.
Meanwhile, Reeves contributed the first “double double” of her college career by scoring 12 points with a career-high 10 rebounds. Myatt, who was making her first regular season appearance with UNCW after transferring from Queens (N.C.), added 13 points after making 6 of 13 shots from the floor.
Sophomore guard Naqaiyyah Teague (Malcolm X. Shabazz H.S./Newark, N.J.) tallied 11 points with six rebounds and four steals while junior guard Shatia Cole (Myrtle Beach H.S./Myrtle Beach, S.C.) came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points with four rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Avae Hardy (E.E. Smith H.S./Fayetteville, N.C.) scored 11 points to lead the Braves, who were playing their second exhibition contest of the season.
The Seahawks, who will play eight of their first nine regular season games at Trask Coliseum, will host Campbell University on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m.