Cole leads UNCW women past Jacksonville

Cole leads UNCW women past Jacksonville

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Shatia Cole made a jumper with 6.5 seconds remaining in regulation as UNCW rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to edge Jacksonville, 51-49, at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Trask Coliseum on Friday afternoon.

The win elevated the Seahawks' record to 2-1 while the Dolphins, who dropped to 2-3 on the season, saw an end to their brief two-game win streak.

Cole came off the bench to score a game-high 13 points for the Seahawks, making 5 of 11 shots from the floor and both of her free throw attempts. She also added five rebounds and three steals.

Junior forward Jordan Henry posted her third consecutive double-digit scoring effort to begin the season, scoring 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. She also tallied seven rebounds and three steals.

Sophomore forward Kayla Gordon led Jacksonville in the loss by scoring 13 points while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. She made 5 of 12 shots from the floor and all three free throw attempts.

How It Happened: After Gordon gave Jacksonville a 49-47 lead with 2:02 remaining, the Seahawks tied the game with 28 seconds left on a jumper by Henry. UNCW forced a turnover with 12 seconds remaining before Cole connected on her jumper in the lane to give the Seahawks a two-point edge. Jacksonville had two chances in the closing seconds to tie the game, but was unable to convert either shot.

#SeahawkStats: UNCW leads the all-time series by a 2-0 margin over Jacksonville … The Seahawks and the Dolphins met for the first time since 2002 … Sophomore guard Madison Raque made the first start of her college career … The Seahawks set a season high by recording 13 steals against Jacksonville … UNCW has held an opponent to under 50 points in two of its three games this year … The Seahawks have won their last four home games, dating back to last season … UNCW is now 16-13 all-time when hosting an in-season tournament.

What's Ahead for the Seahawks:

Saturday, Nov. 28 vs. Davidson • 2 p.m. • Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 at VCU • 7 p.m. • Siegel Center, Richmond, Va.

Sunday, Dec. 13 at Norfolk State • 6 p.m. • Echols Hall, Norfolk, Va.