WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The Trask Coliseum scoring record went down Thursday night. And, to Delaware's dismay, so did a lot of Brie Mobley's shots.
The sophomore guard from Winter Haven, Fla. exploded for a UNCW women's basketball record-setting 46 points as the Seahawks outlasted the Blue Hens to earn a pivotal 71-68 Colonial Athletic Association victory in overtime on Thursday night.
Led by Mobley, the Seahawks moved into a tie for fifth place in the CAA standings with Delaware and improved to 12-15 overall and 8-8 in the circuit. Meanwhile, the Blue Hens dropped their third straight and fell to 13-14 overall and 8-8 in the CAA.
Mobley scored 30 of her 46 points after the intermission, including all nine of the Seahawks' points in the extra period, as UNCW overcame a 12-point first half deficit to end a nine-game losing streak against the Blue Hens.
Trailing by a 62-55 margin with 3:10 remaining in regulation, Mobley scored the Seahawks' final seven points to force the extra period. After the Blue Hens reclaimed a 66-64 lead on a lay-up by sophomore guard Erika Brown (Paterson Kennedy H.S./Haledon, N.J.) with 3:55 remaining in overtime, Mobley hit a jumper with 3:48 left to even the score at 66-66 and give her the school record.
The Blue Hens regained a two-point advantage on a pair of free throws by sophomore forward Hannah Jardine (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada) with 3:28 to go, but Mobley answered by scoring the last five points for a 71-68 lead UNCW did not relinquish.
Led by seven points from senior forward Joy Caracciolo (Stonewall Jackson H.S./Manassas, Va.), the Blue Hens built a 20-10 advantage in the opening 11 minutes of the game.
But, the Seahawks scored 10 of the next 14 points, including six points from Mobley, to narrow the gap to 24-20 with 3:27 left in the opening stanza.
Delaware answered by ending the first half on a 10-2 spurt, including five points by Caracciolo, to take a 34-22 cushion into the intermission.
UNCW opened the second half by going on an 11-3 run over the first four minutes to trim the deficit to 37-33 before Delaware answered by scoring 14 of the next 23 points to extend its cushion to 51-42 with 9:16 remaining on a pair of Caracciolo free throws.
The Seahawks battled to close within 54-53 with 6:19 remaining in regulation before an 8-2 spurt by the Blue Hens upped the margin to 62-55 and set the scene for Mobley's heroics.
Mobley was the lone UNCW player to score in double figures. She set a CAA record by making 19 of 25 field goal attempts, including both of her three-point tries, while going 6-for-7 from the free throw line. She also added six rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore forward Ryan Flowers (Millbrook H.S./Hickory, N.C.) grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds for the Seahawks while contributing six points.
Caracciolo led the Blue Hens in the loss by scoring a career-high 26 points, making 9 of 16 shots from the floor along with an 8-for-9 performance at the foul line. Jardine added 16 points with seven rebounds while Brown added 10 points.