Seahawk women fall to La Salle

Seahawk women fall to La Salle


WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Junior forward Amy Griffin made 9-of-17 shots from the floor and scored a game-high 22 points as La Salle earned its third win in a row, a 64-48 victory over UNCW to close out the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic at Trask Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

The Explorers, who also edged Miami (Ohio) in the tournament on Saturday, evened their record at 3-3 while UNCW dropped to 2-3 after suffering its second straight defeat.

Griffin was one of three La Salle players to score in double figures in the victory. Senior guard Jasmine Alston tallied 11 points with eight rebounds and six assists while senior forward Micahya Owens came off the bench to score 13 points.

Junior guard Diamond Willis paced UNCW with 10 points while redshirt senior forward Jordan Henry nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and a season-high 11 rebounds.    

How It Happened: La Salle held UNCW without a field goal for nearly eight minutes to close out the first quarter while building a 15-14 edge the Explorers did not relinquish. Griffin tallied 10 of her 22 points in the first half as the Explorers built a 33-26 advantage at the intermission. UNCW trimmed the deficit to 36-34 before La Salle pulled away in the final 16 minutes for the win.

Game Notes: Providence improved to 6-0 on the season after defeating Miami (Ohio) by a 75-59 count in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader … La Salle and UNCW met for the first time since the 1993-94 season … The Explorers hold a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series … UNCW has lost three of its last four games after opening the season with a 64-56 win over Norfolk State … Henry recorded her 13th career double-digit rebounding effort … Willis has scored in double figures in two of the last three games … The Seahawks outrebounded their opponent for the second straight game after holding a 37-35 advantage against La Salle … The Seahawks set a season high by making 77.8 percent of their free throws, including the first 11 in a row … There were five ties and four lead changes.

Up Next for the Seahawks: UNCW opens a two-game road swing on Wednesday, Nov. 30, by traveling to Davidson for a non-conference game against the Wildcats at 7 p.m.