Strong start leads Delaware past UNCW women

Strong start leads Delaware past UNCW women

UNCW Press Release

NEWARK, Delaware – Sophomore forward Naqaiyyah Teague (Malcolm X. Shabazz H.S./Newark, N.J.) posted her first "double double" of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough as the UNCW women's basketball team (8-14, 4-7) dropped a 69-60 Colonial Athletic Association decision against Delaware (12-11, 7-5) at the Bob Carpenter Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Hens, who won for the sixth time in the last seven games, used a career-high 27-point performance from sophomore forward Hannah Jardine (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada) to earn their ninth straight victory over the Seahawks.

After UNCW took an 8-5 lead in the opening 3:34 of the first half, the Blue Hens answered by scoring 14 of the next 20 points, including 11 points from Jardine, to take a 19-14 advantage with 10:34 left.

Junior guard Shatia Cole (Myrtle Beach H.S./Myrtle Beach, S.C.) hit back-to-back jumpers to tighten the margin to 19-18 before Delaware went on an 18-1 run to increase the lead to 37-19 with 1:01 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Seahawks scored five of the final seven points before the intermission to narrow the gap to 39-24.

Teague and sophomore forward Ryan Flowers (Millbrook H.S./Hickory, N.C.) scored back-to-back field goals to trim the margin to 40-28 in the first four minutes of the second half. But, the Blue Hens scored 10 straight points over the next two minutes for a 50-28 advantage they did not relinquish.

Teague, who recorded the second "double double" of her college career, matched her season high after converting 7 of 13 shots from the floor. She also added a team-high 10 rebounds with four assists.

Cole made 5 of 10 field goal attempts en route to an 11-point performance while posting three assists with three steals.

In addition to her 27 points, Jardine added a game-high 11 rebounds to record the sixth "double double" of her college career. She made 10 of 14 shots from the floor and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Junior guard Courtni Green (Millbrook H.S./Winchester, Va.) contributed 16 points by making 6 of 11 field goal attempts, including a 2-for-4 effort from three-point range. She also grabbed four rebounds with four assists.

The Seahawks will finish their quick two-game road trip on Thursday, Feb. 12 when they visit Elon for a 7:00 p.m. CAA contest against the Phoenix. UNCW claimed the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 22 by a 76-68 margin at Trask Coliseum.