WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — On Thursday night WWAY went to Durham in order to check out Wake Forest center Ty Walker. The former New Hanover standout got his 13th career start on Thursday against the 4th ranked Duke Blue Devils. Click play video to check out the slam of the game. It’s Ty Walker. On Thursday we also featured a one point win by the UNCW women’s basketball team at Trask Coliseum. On top of that the Ashley girls won our team of the week award.
Thursday night scoreboard:
UNCW WOMEN 57 – VCU 56
ALISHA ANDREWS HIT GAME-WINNING LAYUP WITH 18 SECONDS LEFT
TAWANNA LEE AND JESSICA FREEMAN LED UNCW WITH 14 POINTS EACH
THE SEAHAWKS IMPROVE TO 10-7 (3-3 CAA)
UNCW WILL FACE OLD DOMINION IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA ON SUNDAY AT 2PM
COMPLETE GAME RECAP IS LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
GEORGE MASON WOMEN 82 – WILLIAM & MARY 70
OLD DOMINION WOMEN 71 – GEORGIA STATE 60
DREXEL WOMEN 66 – NORTHEASTERN 39
(16) DELEWARE WOMEN 65 – TOWSON 46
JAMES MADISON WOMEN 81 – HOFSTRA 63
(24) NORTH CAROLINA WOMEN 56 – VIRGINIA TECH 37
FLORIDA STATE WOMEN 68 – BOSTON COLLEGE 59
NC STATE WOMEN 62 – CLEMSON 46
(8) MARYLAND WOMEN 86 – WAKE FOREST 58
(11) MIAMI WOMEN 56 – VIRGINIA 53
VCU MEN 69 – WILLIAM & MARY 68 OT
(4) DUKE MEN 91 – WAKE FOREST 73
NC STATE MEN 76 – BOSTON COLLEGE 62
(15) VIRGINIA MEN 70 – GEORGIA TECH 38
(8) NORTH CAROLINA MEN 82 – VIRGINIA TECH 68
DAVIDSON MEN 87 – CHARLESTON 69
UNCW 6 – APPALACHIAN 1 (complete recap is listed at the bottom of the page )
WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — Sophomore guard Alisha Andrews banked in a runner off the glass with 18 seconds remaining to give UNCW a 57-56 comeback victory over VCU Thursday night in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action at Trask Coliseum.
The thrilling victory boosted the Seahawks’ record to 10-7 on the year and 3-3 in the CAA. The Lady Rams fell to 11-6 and 4-2 in conference play.
Junior guards Jessica Freeman and Tawanna Lee both had 14 points to lead UNCW, which rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half.
Senior forward Courtney Hurt paced VCU with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Andrea Barbour added 12.
Trailing by 10 points with 10:13 on the clock, UNCW reeled off 11 unanswered points to climb back into the game and set up the game-winner by Andrews.
VCU was clinging to a 56-55 edge with 32 seconds remaining after Chelsea McGowen scored on a putback and was fouled. McGowen missed the free throw, but Andrews recovered the loose ball in the middle of three VCU defenders. The Seahawks then called timeout with 26 ticks left on the clock.
Off the inbounds, Andrews drove down the right wing towards the paint and let a runner go from just outside the lane, banking the shot home to give UNCW the lead, 57-56. VCU then turned the ball over and Lee was fouled with five seconds remaining. Lee missed both free throw attempts, but the Rams failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
UNCW was down by five points, 56-51, with just over a minute remaining when Freeman stepped in front of a pass from Hurt, one of a game-high five steals the Charlotte, N.C., native had on the night. Freeman drove all the way to the basket for the lay-in, cutting the advantage to 56-53.
On the Seahawks’ next possession, McGowen grabbed an errant three from Andrews, layed it in with the right hand and drew the foul. After McGowen missed the free throw, Andrews grabbed the loose ball and then made the eventual game-winning shot after the timeout, capping a 9-1 game-ending run.
The win was UNCW’s second in three tries against VCU and earns revenge for the Seahawks’ 65-53 loss to the Rams on Jan. 8, in which it was VCU who ended the game on a 14-2 run to take the win. UNCW has now claimed 5-of-7, including two-straight.
In the first half, sophomore guard Abria Trice, who finished with eight points, got UNCW on the board 40 seconds into the game with a trey from the left wing. VCU then held the Seahawks scoreless for 5:18, during which time the Rams rattled off an 8-0 run, capped by a step-back jumper from Hurt at the 14:48 mark.
UNCW ended the drought with five quick points off a Lee trey at 14:02 and two free throws from Freeman at 13:37.
VCU rebuilt its lead, however, stretching the advantage to nine, 24-15, on a lay-in from Barbour with 3:27 remaining in the frame.
Andrews sparked the Seahawks back to life with a trey at 2:59, a bucket which ignited a 10-2 UNCW run to close the opening half. Lee capped the run with a three pointer from the right wing with two seconds remaining, sending the Seahawks to the break down only one, 26-25.
Both squads return to action Saturday for 2 p.m. matinees. UNCW embarks on a three-game road trip at Old Dominion, while VCU concludes its three-game swing away from home against George Mason.
WILMINGTON,NC (UNCW sports release) — No. 43 UNCW won the doubles point and added five singles victories to whistle past Appalachian State, 6-1, in the men’s tennis spring opener for both teams Thursday at the UNCW Tennis Complex.
The Seahawks carry their 1-0 record to the West Coast next weekend when they compete in the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Los Angeles. UNCW faces South Florida on Saturday (Jan. 28), with the winner taking on the winner of the Southern Cal-UNLV match in the 60-team national indoors bracketed event.
“I was very pleased with how we opened up,” said fifth-year UNCW coach Mait DuBois. “Appalachian State is a strong team that has three All-Conference seniors in their top three. I thought they played exceptional doubles, but we played big on some important points to get the doubles point.
“In singles, we were strong in spurts. We need to do a little better job maintaining momentum. I was very pleased with how our two freshmen, Michael Reilly and Kaue Pereira, stepped up in some tough moments. It’s a great start to their college careers.”
In Thursday’s debut, the Seahawks won the early doubles point when the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams picked up wins. Rafael Aita partnered with Pereira for an 8-4 victory over Steve Karendal and Matt Saltsgaver at the No. 3 slot, but UNCW dropped the No. 1 doubles match. Reilly and sophomore Pedro Mol then squeezed out a 9-8 (2) tie-breaking decision over ASU’s Sebastien King and Alex Markov at No. 3 to clinch the point.
Reilly, from Raleigh, N.C., pushed the score to 2-0 with a 6-0, 7-5 verdict over Saltsgaver at No. 6 singles and Cooprider cruised past Markov, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 singles for a 3-0 lead. Junior Kosta Blank then clinched the match with an easy 6-3, 6-2 triumph over King at No. 4 singles.
Appalachian State picked up its lone point at No. 3 singles, where senior Alain Humblet downed Mol, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Reilly and Pereira each enjoyed successful collegiate debuts for the Seahawks, winning in both singles and doubles.
While the Seahawks prepare for the trip to California, the Mountaineers head to Columbia, S.C., on Saturday to battle South Carolina at 10 a.m.