DeLAND, Florida – Sophomore forward Amber Porter (Potomac H.S./Woodbridge, Va.) scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as Stetson University (10-3) pulled away after the intermission to earn a 72-55 non-conference victory over UNCW (4-7) at the Edmunds Center on Wednesday afternoon.
Led by Porter, the Hatters had five players score in double figures as Stetson improved to 6-0 on its home court this season. Meanwhile, the Seahawks suffered their second straight loss.
After the Hatters jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the opening eight minutes of the first half, the Seahawks scored 9 of the next 12 points to take a 15-14 lead on a lay-up by sophomore guard Brie Mobley (Winter Haven H.S./Winter Haven, Fla.) with 9:56 left in the period.
The Hatters regained the advantage at 19-17 on a jumper by sophomore guard Aisha Turner (Westlake H.S./College Park, Ga.) with 7:30 left in the opening stanza before the Seahawks used a six-point spurt to reclaim a four-point edge with 5:56 remaining.
But, the Hatters ended the first half by scoring 13 of the final 19 points to take a 32-39 advantage into the intermission. Senior guard Myeisha Hall (West Palm Beach, Fla.) tallied 9 of her 15 points during the run.
Led by five points from Porter, the Hatters opened the second half by going on an 11-4 run to extend their margin to 43-33 with 16:09 remaining. The Seahawks narrowed the margin to seven points twice before Hatters closed the game on a 15-5 run to secure the victory.
The Hatters' leading scorer, Porter made six of seven shots from the floor and also connected on five of six free throws to lead Stetson to the victory. She also added six rebounds and five blocked shots.
While Hall added 15 points for the Hatters, sophomore guard Brianti Saunders (Hilliard Middle-Senior H.S./Hilliard, Fla.) contributed 13 points with eight rebounds. Senior guard C.J. Coddington (Nova H.S./Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored 11 points with six rebounds while Turner came off the bench with 10 points.
Mobley led the Seahawks in the loss by scoring 10 points with a season-high eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Ryan Flowers (Millbrook H.S./Hickory, N.C.) added eight points with a game-high nine rebounds while senior center Sarah Myatt (Southern Alamance H.S./Burlington, N.C.) came off the bench to contribute a season-high nine rebounds while scoring seven points.