Seahawk women hold off Paladins in afternoon tilt


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCWSPORTS.COM) — Redshirt junior forward Jenny DeGraaf and junior guard Madison Raque each tallied 11 points as UNCW held off a late comeback attempt by Furman to claim a 56-52 non-conference victory over the Paladins at Trask Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.

The win elevated the Seahawks’ record to 4-4 on the season while Furman dropped to 4-7.

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DeGraaf came off the bench to convert five of seven shots from the floor for the Seahawks while adding four rebounds. Raque, the team’s leading scorer, recorded her fifth double-digit scoring effort of the season after posting 11 points. She made 5-of-15 field goal attempts and contributed four rebounds with three assists.

Junior forward Rebekah Banks grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for the Seahawks, who outrebounded Furman by a 44-39 margin.

Redshirt junior center DeAnneisha Jackson posted her first double-double of the season for Furman, scoring 10 points while matching her career high with 13 rebounds. Senior guard Whitney Bunn added a game-high 17 points for the Paladins while junior forward Cierra Carter notched 16 points.

How It Happened: UNCW used an 18-0 run over a seven-minute span to take a commanding 20-6 lead the Seahawks did not relinquish. The Paladins, who trailed by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, trimmed the deficit to 54-52 with 14 seconds remaining in regulation before the Seahawks sealed the victory by making two of four free throws.

Game Notes: UNCW leads the all-time series over Furman by a 6-1 margin and has won six straight over the Paladins … Thursday’s game marked the 12th installment of “Seahawks Tomorrow,” a program where local elementary school students attend a game at Trask Coliseum … Over 4,400 students from area schools attended the game … UNCW is now 8-4 all-time in those games … The four points scored by Furman in the first quarter are the fewest allowed by the Seahawks in any quarter this season … The 16 points allowed by the Seahawks in the first half are the fewest in a half since Nov. 15, 2014 against UNC Pembroke (15 in first half) … Furman missed 11 consecutive field goal attempts over a nine-minute span to close out the first quarter … Senior guard Amber Reeves made the 100th appearance of her college career … The Seahawks used their third different starting lineup against the Paladins … Banks collected her 10th career double-digit rebounding effort of her career … The Seahawks have outrebounded their opponents in four of the last five games … Five of the seven all-time meetings between the Seahawks and the Paladins have been decided by eight points or less … The Seahawks are 3-0 this season when allowing less than 60 points.

Up Next for the Seahawks: UNCW continues its three-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 17, by welcoming Wofford to Trask Coliseum for a 4:30 p.m. non-conference game. It will be the second game of a doubleheader as UNCW and Radford square off in men’s basketball at 2 p.m.