WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — UNCW shook off a ragged start with an efficient second half to throttle Hofstra, 65-42, and give Cynthia Cooper-Dyke her 100th coaching victory in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action on Thursday at Trask Coliseum.
The Seahawks, 15-4 overall and 7-1 in the CAA, retained a share of first place in the CAA with the victory. UNCW also completed a sweep of the regular season series with the Pride after taking the first meeting, 70-66, on Jan. 16 in Hempstead.
The Pride lost its second consecutive game to fall to 11-8 and 3-5. HU now trails in the all-time series, 11-9.
Cooper-Dyke, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame last fall, has now compiled a 100-76 record in six seasons at Prairie View A&M and UNCW.
Senior guard Brittany Blackwell scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for her sixth double double of the season and 31st of her career. Junior guard Kristen Hanzer chipped in 15 points, senior center Martha White had 13 points and 12 boards and freshman point guard Alisha Andrews collected 10 points and seven assists.
Senior center Martha White also chipped in eight blocks, just two shy of becoming the first player in UNCW history to achieve a triple double.
Junior guard Nicole Capurso, with 12 points, was the only player in double digits for the Pride, which shot a dismal 26.7 percent on the night, including 2-for-11 from long distance.
UNCW scored a season-low 22 points to fall behind, 25-22, at intermission, but jumped out quickly in the second half. After a pair of free throws by Annie Payton gave Hofstra a 31-28 lead at 16:08, the Seahawks used a 14-0 run to break away.
Blackwell was the catalyst in the spurt, kicking off the run with a free throw and reaching her double double as the Seahawks took command. The Cary, N.C., product scored seven points and dropped in a pair of free throws at 9:05 to give UNCW a 42-31 cushion.
While the Seahawks were clicking on offense, Hofstra kept sputtering. The Pride went 7:20 without a field goal before Shante Evans scored on a putback with 8:48 left to play to cut the lead to 42-33.
But UNCW used another 6-3 mini-run to extend the margin back to 48-34. Blackwell sank her ninth straight free throw to put the Seahawks ahead, 48-34, at 7:49. Blackwell wound up connecting on 9-for-12 to key the team’s sparkling 17-for-21 line at the charity stripe.
Both teams struggled on offense early, combining for 10 turnovers in the first five minutes, before the Pride got untracked with seven unanswered points to forge ahead, 10-4. A Capurso triple from the right wing staked the Pride to an early 10-4 advantage at 13:43.
UNCW made just four of its first 13 field goal attempts and committed 14 turnovers in the first 12 minutes while HU built a 15-8 lead. Anma Onyeuku’s layup with 8:21 left in the first half pushed the Pride’s lead to seven points.
The Seahawks rallied behind Hanzer to grab the lead briefly, 21-20, with just over two minutes remaining before the Pride responded with five points in a row and took a 25-22 edge into the break.
The Seahawks continue their homestand on Sunday with 2 p.m. clash against William & Mary. The Pride returns home to entertain Delaware at 2 p.m. at Hofstra Arena.
· UNCW improved to 11-9 overall against Hofstra and 7-3 in Wilmington versus the Pride. The Seahawks sweep the season series from Hofstra for the fourth time in 10 seasons.
· UNCW’s 15-4 start to the 2010-11 season matches their best start to a season since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 1984-85. The 2002-03 squad also began their season with a 15-4 ledger. The 7-1 mark to open league play represents the best league start for the Seahawks since joining the ECAC South (CAA) in 1984-85, surpassing the 2002-03 squad that began league play with a 6-2 record.
· The Seahawks improved to 5-0 this season and 48-0 since the start of the 2002-03 season when holding an opponent to less than 50 points. The 42 points scored by the Pride was a season-low for a UNCW opponent.
· UNCW shot above 40 percent from the floor for the 13th time this season as it made 43.4 percent (23-of-53) of its field goal attempts for the contest. The Seahawks moved to 12-1 this season when shooting better than 40 percent from the floor in a contest.
· The Seahawks matched their season-high in rebounds with 49 as it recorded its largest rebounding margin of the season, holding a 49-30 advantage on the glass.
· UNCW shot a season-high 81.0 percent (17-of-21) at the free-throw line as it made 80 percent or more of its free-throw attempts for the just the third time this season.
· The Seahawks recorded double-figure steals for the 15th time this season as it tallied 12 thefts against the Pride.
· UNCW improved to 13-1 this season when it holds a lead of 10 points or greater in a contest.
· The Seahawks improved to 13-1 this season when scoring 60 or more points in a contest.
· UNCW established a new season high in blocked shots with nine rejections. That total shatters the old season mark of six, set against UNC Greensboro and High Point.
· The Seahawks bench did not score a point in the contest as Hofstra posted a 27-0 advantage in that category.
· UNCW held a 40-24 advantage in points in the paint and enjoyed a 16-8 advantage in points off turnovers.
4 – Alisha Andrews
· Led team in assists for the 12th time this season and the 10th time in the last 11 games.
· Matched season high in steals with six, equaling the total established against Ohio.
· Reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season and the second time in as many games.
21 – Kristen Hanzer
· Reached double figures in points for the 12th time this season and the 17th time in her career.
42 – Martha White
· Reached double figures in points for the 13th time this season and the 36th time in her career. Extended streak of consecutive double figure scoring performances to eight games.
· Pulled down double figure rebounds for the fifth time this season and the seventh time in her career. P
· Posted her fourth double-double of the season and the fifth double-double of her career. Team improves to 5-0 all-time when White posts a double-double.
· Established a new career high in blocked shots with eight, shattering old mark of five set against Wofford on Nov. 15, 2009.
45 – Brittany Blackwell
· Scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and the 90th time in her career. Surpassed the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season.
· Matched her career high in rebounds, matching the total established against Drexel on Feb. 1, 2009 and matched against East Carolina on Nov. 22, 2009.
· Pulled down double-figure rebounds for the sixth time this season and the 32nd time in her career.
· Team moved to 5-1 this season and 24-7 all-time when Blackwell posts a double-double during her career.
· Led team in scoring for the ninth time this season and the 52nd time in her career. Team improved to 7-2 and 28-24 when Blackwell leads them in points.
· Paced team in rebounds for the 11th time this season and the 69th time in her career. Team moved to 8-3 and 42-27 when she leads them in on the boards.