UNCW women open season with 64-58 win over Norfolk State

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Redshirt junior forward Jenny DeGraaf and junior guard Madison Raque combined to score 29 points as UNCW opened its season with a 64-58 victory over Norfolk State at Trask Coliseum on Friday evening. 
DeGraaf, who was making her UNCW debut after transferring from Penn State, set career highs by scoring 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds while Raque matched her career high by scoring 14 points. 
Junior center Rebekah Banks contributed nine points with 10 rebounds while redshirt senior forward Jordan Henry chipped in seven points with seven rebounds. 
Redshirt senior guard Jordan Strode and senior guard Dominique Harper each tallied 14 points in the loss for Norfolk State. 
How It Happened: The Seahawks made 8-of-14 shots from the floor in the opening quarter to take a commanding 28-12 lead and never trailed from that point. DeGraaf led the charge by scoring 8 of her 15 points during the opening stanza.  
Game Notes: UNCW improved to 24-20 all-time in season openers and has won its last three season debuts … The Seahawks lead the all-time series over Norfolk State by a 4-0 margin … DeGraaf made her first appearance since Mar. 4, 2015, when she started for Penn State against Indiana in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, a span of 20 months and seven days … Redshirt junior forward Janeá Williams played for the first time since Mar. 6, 2015, a span of 20 months and five days … Of the 12 players who saw action for UNCW, 10 of them scored a point … DeGraaf recorded the second double-double of her college career … The Seahawks' newcomers accounted for 30 of the team's 64 points … UNCW's 28 points in the first quarter are the most in any period since the start of last season … UNCW scored 22 points off 17 Norfolk State turnovers. 
Up Next for the Seahawks: UNCW begins its first road swing of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 16, with an 11:30 a.m. contest at East Carolina.  
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