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Seahawk women's basketball team comes up short on the road against ODU

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NORFOLK,VA (WWAY) -- Old Dominion scored six of the last seven points of the contest to hold off a late rally and defeat UNC Wilmington, 68-60, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Meeting for the only time in the regular season, the Lady Monarchs improved to 17-7 overall and 11-2 in CAA play as they broke a tie with the Seahawks to gain sole possession of second place in the league standings. UNCW, meanwhile, slipped to 18-6 and 10-3 as they moved into sole possession of third in the league race.

Senior Shadasia Green led three ODU players in double figures with a game-high 19 points while classmate Alena Voronina added 17 and junior Tia Lewis chipped in 14. Lewis finished with a team-high nine rebounds while Voronina and senior Kquanise Byrd added six caroms each as the Lady Monarchs pulled down 20 offensive rebounds on their way to enjoying a 37-30 advantage on the glass.

Senior Martha White and freshman Alisha Andrews tallied 16 points each for UNCW, who finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-of-52) from the field. Senior Brittany Blackwell scored 14 points and added 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season while junior Kristen Hanzer rounded out the Seahawks quartet of double-figure scorers with 10.

Following a back-and-forth first half that saw a total of seven ties and 10 lead changes, ODU used a 10-2 run early in the second half to build a seven-point advantage, 43-36, with 16:19 remaining.

The two sides traded baskets over the next five minutes until back-to-back layups by Andrews ignited a 9-4 run that pulled the Seahawks within three, 55-52, with 7:03 left to play.

The Lady Monarchs responded to the mini-spurt, scoring seven of the next nine points to build a 62-54 lead with 3:53 remaining.

UNCW once again fought back, using back-to-back layups by White and a free-throw by Blackwell to once again make it a three-point contest, 62-59, with 1:20 on the clock.

The Lady Monarchs regained their two-possession lead moments later as Lewis was fouled driving to the basket and made the resulting free-throws to give ODU a 64-59 edge with just 57 seconds remaining.

UNCW made it a four-point game on their next possession as Blackwell was fouled and made one of two tries at the charity stripe with 47 seconds remaining.

That would be as close as the Seahawks would get, however, as Green converted a fastbreak layup on ODU's next possession to make it a 66-60 contest and Byrd made a layup in transition after Andrews was unable to make a driving layup with 12 ticks on the clock to determine the final margin.

Both teams return to action Thursday with CAA contests. UNCW hosts Georgia State while ODU travels to VCU. Both contests are slated for 7 p.m. tip-offs.

article courtesy UNCW Sports Information

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