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WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY)–Streaking UNCW opened up a big lead over the first eight minutes and went on to crush William & Mary, 82-59, in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Sunday at Trask Coliseum.

The Seahawks, 16-4 overall and 8-1 in the conference, maintained a share of first place in the CAA with their seventh consecutive victory. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke’s club improved to 8-1 at home this season.

The Tribe dropped its 11th game in 12 outings to fall to 2-17 and 1-8. The two teams will play again in 12 days at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg, Va.

All 13 players on the roster saw action and 11 scored in the lopsided win. Senior center Martha White paced the Seahawks with 16 points, followed by senior guard Brittany Blackwell, junior guard Kristen Hanzer with 13 and sophomore guard Jessica Freeman with 11.

Blackwell also contributed a game-high eight rebounds and Freeman and freshman playmaker Alisha Andrews dished out five assists apiece as UNCW scored 52 points in paint on the day.

Junior guard Taysha Pye and sophomore forward Emily Correal had 16 points apiece to anchor four W&M players in double digits. Freshman center Kaitlyn Mathieu and senior guard Katy Oblinger chipped in 10 points each.

In the 55th meeting between the two schools, the Seahawks solved the Tribe’s zone defense early and used a 15-3 run to put the game out of reach before intermission. After Pye scored on a putback with 17:28 left to help the Tribe close an early deficit to 7-6, the Seahawks poured it on.

Freeman scored on a layup on the ensuing possession to start the 15-3 spurt and then added a steal and layup at 12:18 to extend the margin to 22-9. UNCW canned 9-of-15 field goals in the first eight minutes in the suffocating stretch.

Reserve Abria Trice’s layup later staked the Seahawks to their largest lead of the half, 45-22, with 1:28 left and the Seahawks wound up shooting a lofty 61.8 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Pye, the nation’s 29th leading scorer, got into early foul trouble and struggled offensively. The junior from the Bronx went 2-for-9 from the floor with three fouls in the first half and finished connecting on just 4-for-17 from the floor.

The Seahawks forced 19 turnovers and led by as many as 28 points in the second half en route to their fourth consecutive win over the Tribe. A bucket inside by reserve center Aesha Peters gave UNCW its biggest lead of the contest, 70-42, with 6:34 left to play.

UNCW finished the day shooting 54.8 percent on 34-for-62, while W&M managed just 32.1 percent on 18-for-56 shooting.

UNCW wraps up its three-game homestand on Thursday when VCU visits Trask Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip-off. W&M travels to Long Island to challenge Hofstra on Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest.

article courtesy UNCW Sports Information


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