ELON, North Carolina – Sophomore center Malaya Johnson led four Elon players in double figures with 15 points and added eight rebounds as Elon pulled away in the second half to earn a 70-53 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UNCW at Alumni Gym on Tuesday evening.
The Phoenix improved to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the CAA after claiming its second straight win. Meanwhile, the Seahawks dropped to 5-13 overall and 1-6 in the league following their fourth consecutive loss.
In leading the Phoenix to the victory, Johnson made 5 of 12 shots from the floor and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Junior guard Essence Baucom added 12 points with five rebounds and five assists while freshman guard Nikki McDonald contributed 12 points.
Sophomore guard Shay Burnett chipped in 11 points for the Phoenix along with a team-high eight rebounds.
Senior guard Shatia Cole led UNCW in the loss by scoring a game-high 19 points, including a 9-for-12 performance from the free throw line. Junior guard Jasmine Steele contributed 12 points with three steals and two assists while sophomore guard Madison Raque scored eight points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds.
How It Happened: Johnson scored 9 of her 15 points in the first half as the Phoenix jumped out to a 34-29 lead. Elon used a 9-0 run over a two-minute span in the first quarter to break a 4-4 tie and take a 13-4 lead it did not relinquish.
#SeahawkStats: Elon has won three consecutive meetings against the Seahawks and leads the all-time series by a 7-5 margin … Cole has scored in double figures in eight of her last nine games, including the last six in a row … Steele had her fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last seven games … The Seahawks made just 4 of 14 free throws in the second half after making 10 of 12 attempts in the opening half … The Phoenix outrebounded the Seahawks by a 48-39 margin … Sophomore center Rebekah Banks posted a game-high nine rebounds for UNCW.
What's Ahead for the Seahawks:
Friday, Jan. 29 vs. Towson • 7 p.m. • Trask Coliseum, Wilmington, N.C.
Sunday, Jan. 31 at James Madison • 2 p.m. • JMU Convocation Center, Harrisonburg, Va.