UNCW women beat ODU for first time; UNCW men also win this weekend


NORFOLK,VA (UNCW sports release) — Sophomore Abria Trice poured in a career-high 20 points to lead UNCW to a 76-54 victory over Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Sunday at the Ted Constant Center.

The Seahawks picked up their third straight victory and their first win in 43 tries against the Lady Monarchs as they improved to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Lady Monarchs slipped to 6-13 and 3-4 with the 22-point setback. Trice powered a UNCW lineup that shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the floor for the contest and knocked a season-high nine three-pointers as it was 9-of-20 (.450) from beyond the arc.

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Junior Jessica Freeman and sophomore Alisha Andrews joined Trice in double figures as the duo tallied 16 points each. junior Ayoola Weaver pulled down a game-best 10 caroms and Trice pitched in a career-high nine caroms to power the Seahawks to a 44-28 advantage on the glass.

Senior Tia Lewis notched 16 points and junior Jackie Cook added 11 for ODU, who shot 42.9 percent (21-of-49) from the floor, but finished the game with 21 turnovers. Trice sparked UNCW to a 29-24 halftime advantage as she scored 12 points in the opening frame, including a pair of three-pointers and a free throw during a 20-10
run that erased a 14-9 Lady Monarchs edge and gave the Seahawks a five-point edge at the break.

Early in the second half, the two sides exchanged baskets before a jumper by Weaver at the 17:27 mark ignited a 17-4 spurt that gave the Seahawks a commanding 51-33 cushion with exactly 12 minutes remaining.

The Seahawks would maintained a double-figure advantage the rest of the way, using a 12-1 stretch in the final minutes to take its largest lead, 74-50, on a layup by junior Karneshia Garrett with 76 seconds left to play before the both sides exchanged baskets to determine the final margin.

Both teams return to action Thursday with 7 p.m. road contests. UNCW continues its three-game road swing at Northeastern while ODU travels to William and Mary.

Highlights of the UNCW men vs. William & Mary will be shown on WWAY’s Coach’s Corner on Sunday at 6pm.

WILLIAMSBURG,VA (UNCW sports release) — Too much of the M&M Gang – sophomores Donte Morales and Tanner Milson – and the usual heavy dose of inside workhorse Keith Rendleman lifted UNCW over William & Mary, 68-66, in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball matinee Saturday at William & Mary Hall’s
Kaplan Arena.
The Seahawks, who shot 64 percent in the second half and a season-high 55.8 percent for the game, snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 8-10 overall and square their CAA record at 4-4. The Tribe suffered its third straight defeat to dip to 4-16 and 2-6.

“We’re very excited and we’re going to enjoy this win,” said Buzz Peterson,
who is 2-0 in Williamsburg after tacking on another two-point win over the
Tribe at Kaplan Arena. The Seahawks won a nailbiter, 61-59, last season.
“Our defensive intensity was a lot better today. From tip to end, we did a
good job of controlling the game.”

Morales matched his career-high with 16 points and Milson added a
season-best 12 points to give the Seahawks some extra punch in the first of
two meetings this season with the Tribe. Rendleman, meanwhile, racked up his
10th double double of the season and 16th of his career with 15 points and
11 rebounds. Freshman guard Adam Smith added 12 points to give the Seahawks
four players in double figures.

Senior forward Quinn McDowell of W&M led all scorers with 18 points.
Sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven had a double double of his own with 17
points and 10 boards, while Matt Rum chipped in 11 points and five assists
for the Tribe.

In a rare afternoon game at William & Mary Hall’s green-and-gold Kaplan
Arena, UNCW jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead, surrendered the lead
late and then held on in the final minute to improve to 4-6 on the road this
After leading, 33-26, at intermission, UNCW enjoyed a 10-point cushion early
in the second period when Rendleman’s nifty tip-in with 16:02 left capped a
7-0 spurt and gave the Seahawks a 46-36 advantage.

The Seahawks still led, 60-51, with just under six minutes left until the
Tribe came alive. Led by McDowell, W&M reeled off 10 straight points and
Rum’s long triple from the right side with 3:29 remaining gave the Tribe its
first lead, 61-60, since the 12-minute mark of the first half.

But Rendleman gave the Seahawks the lead for good, 62-61, on a baby hook
along the right baseline with 1:33 on the clock and UNCW got two more
buckets from Jackson and Morales to curb W&M’s comeback. A Jackson slam with
17 seconds left extended the margin to 68-63 before Rum drained another
trifecta with under two seconds left to play.\
Morales and Milson, with nine points in the opening period, sparked the
Seahawks to a 33-26 edge at halftime. Morales went 4-for-7 from the floor
and Milson drained 3-of-4 triples to help Peterson’s club shoot 48.1 percent
from the field.

After Fred Heldring’s layup gave the Tribe a 12-11 edge with 12:08 remaining
in the first half, freshman forward Cedrick Williams canned a short jumper
on the left elbow to put the Seahawks back in front, 13-12, with 11:37 left.

Milson then got hot and the Seahawks created some breathing room. The Cedar
Hill, Texas, product drained three trifecftas in a three-minute span as UNCW
closed out the half in strong fashion. A Rendleman dunk gave UNCW its
largest lead of the period, 33-22, at 1:47 before McDowell, who led all
scorers in the first half with 10 points, answered with a pair of baskets to
slice the deficit to seven points at intermission, 33-26.

UNCW heads up I-95 to take on George Mason on Monday at 9 p.m. in a game
televised by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). W&M wraps up a two-game
homestand on Monday with a 7 p..m. matchup against Drexel.

GAME NOTES: UNCW won the battle of the boards, 36-28.UNCW had two players
with 10 or more rebounds in the same game for the first time this season.The
Seahawks struggled at the free throw line for the second straight game,
connecting on just 2-for-9 at the stripe.W&M shot 37.7 percent on the
day.Tanner Milson (12 to 30) and Matt Wilson (4 to 34) switched jerseys for
the game.UNCW leads the all-time series with W&M, 38-19…The Seahawks are
18-10 in Williamsburg.Coach Buzz Peterson returned to the UNCW bench after
sitting out the last game vs. JMU.The Seahawks have won three straight over
the Tribe.The Seahawks are 2-2 in CAA road games.W&M is the first of four
consecutive Virginia opponents this season for the Seahawks.UNCW is 2-2 in
day games this season and 4-4 under Peterson.