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UNCW women's basketball team wins again to remain in first place tie in CAA

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BOSTON,MA (WWAY) -- UNC Wilmington shot 56.5 percent from the floor and scored a season-high 85 points as it posted an 85-68 road victory over host Northeastern in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Sunday at Solomon Court.

The Seahawks improved to 14-4 overall and maintained a share of first place in the CAA standings with a 6-1 league mark as they won their fifth straight contest. The Huskies dropped to 7-11 overall and 2-5 in league play as they fell for the third time in their last our outings.

Senior Martha White paced a balanced Seahawks attack that made 36 of its 64 field goal attempts and had 10 different players record a basket as she finished with a game-high 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half.

White was one of four UNCW players to score in double figures as senior Brittany Blackwell chipped in 15, sophomore Mya Levels established a new career-high with 12 and freshman Alisha Andrews tallied 11.

Both Andrews and Levels recorded their first career double-doubles during the contest with Andrews dishing out a game-best 10 assists and Levels pulling down a career-best 10 rebounds as the Seahawks held a 42-29 advantage on the glass.

Sophomore Deanna Kerkhof scored 16 points to lead a Northeastern attack that shot just 36.5 percent from the floor for the contest. Junior Kashaia Cannon chipped in 14 points and sophomore Rachael Pecota added 13 while junior Jamie Conroy finished with 12 points, seven assists and a game-high six steals.

Trailing 3-2 early in the contest, back-to-back baskets by White sparked a 10-0 run that gave the Seahawks a 12-3 cushion. UNCW would take control of the contest midway through the frame as it used a 25-6 run to build a 37-12 cushion with 6:35 remaining in the opening half.

Carrying a 50-25 lead into the second half, the Seahawks scored six unanswered points early in the frame to take its largest lead of the game, 56-27. UNCW maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the way as it kept a 20-point cushion until the Huskies scored 11 of the final 13 points of the game to determine the final margin.

Both teams return to action Thursday with CAA home games as UNCW hosts Hofstra while Northeastern entertains Towson. Tip off for both games is set for 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES

* UNCW moved to 3-5 all-time against Northeastern as it snapped a four-game losing skid to the Huskies. The Seahawks also evened their record in road games against the Huskies to 2-2, halting a two-game road skid to NU.
* UNCW held a 52-26 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 30-14 edge in that category in the first half.
* The Seahawks established a new season high for points in the first half, surpassing the old mark of 47 set against East Carolina on Nov. 19. UNCW also set a new season best for a lead at the break, shattering the old mark of 19 set against Wofford on Nov. 22.
* UNCW improved to 8-0 this season and 54-6 since the start of the 2000-01 season when scoring more than 70 points in a game. It was the second time in three games that the Seahawks have reached the 70-point plateau.
* UNCW recorded double-figure steals for the fifth straight contest and the 14th time this season as it posted 10 steals during the contest.
* The Seahawks shot better than 50 percent from the floor for the second straight contest, the fourth time in the past five games and the seventh time this season.
* UNCW posted a season-high 28 assists as it surpassed the 20-assist plateau for the third time this season.
* The Seahawks improved to 11-1 this season when it shoots better than 40 percent from the floor for the game.
* UNCW moved to 11-0 this season and 6-0 in conference play when it holds a lead at halftime.
* The Seahawks improved to 12-1 overall and 5-1 in league play when it leads by 10 points or more in a game.
* The Seahawks shot below 60 percent from the free-throw line for the seventh time this season as it was just 7-for-12 from the charity stripe. Northeastern was a nearly perfect 12-of-13 at the free-throw line for the game.
* UNCW held a 22-10 advantage in second-chance points, highlighted by a 14-7 edge in the second half.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

4 - Alisha Andrews

* Reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season.
* Dished out double-figure assists for the second time this season. Led team in assists for the 11th time this season and the ninth time in the past 10 games.

23 - Diana Venezia

* Scored the first points of her UNCW career with a three-pointer from the left corner at the 7:55 mark of the second half. Scored her first career points on her 19th birthday.

34 - Mya Levels

* Reached double figures for the first time this season and the second time in her career.
* Established a new career high in points, shattering her old mark of 10 set against William & Mary on Jan. 31, 2010.
* Pulled down double figure rebounds for the first time in her career, shattering her previous career high of six set against Charlotte in December.
* Led team in rebounding for the second time this season and the second time in her career. Team improved to 2-0 when Levels guides them on the glass.

42- Martha White

* Reached double figures in points for the 13th time this season and the 36th time in her career. Extended her personal best streak for consecutive games in double figures by scoring in double figures for the seventh straight contest.
* Led team in scoring for the third time this season and the seventh time this season. Team improved to 3-0 and 5-2 when White paces them in points.

45 - Brittany Blackwell

* Reached double figures in points for the 15th time this season and the 89th time in her career. Scored in double figures for the second straight contest and the 11th time in the last 12 games.
* Became the program's all-time leader in starts with her 105th career start in today's contest. Surpassed former teammate Sahsha Taylor, who was in the starting lineup 104 times during her career.
* Failed to grab five or more rebounds for the first time this season and the first time in 19 games as she was held to four caroms in the Seahawks loss to James Madison in the quarterfinals of the 2010 CAA Women's Basketball Championship last March.

article courtesy UNCW Sports Information

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