Jenny DeGraaf leads Seahawks to second conference win


WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia ( – Redshirt senior forward Jenny DeGraaf registered a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as UNCW overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat William & Mary, 64-49, in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action at Kaplan Arena on Friday evening.

The win, UNCW’s first in Williamsburg since Jan. 8, 2013, improved the Seahawks’ record to 9-16 overall and 2-12 in the CAA. William & Mary, meanwhile, lost for the second time in its last three games and stands at 16-9 on the season with a 7-7 mark against league foes.

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DeGraaf, who authored her fourth double-double of the season, made 5-of-9 shots from the floor, including a 3-for-4 effort from three-point range, while sinking all four of her free throws.

Sophomore guard Lacey Suggs added 12 points with seven rebounds off the bench while senior center Rebekah Banks, who played in the 100th game of her college career, nearly contributed a double-double after finishing with nine points and 14 rebounds.

The Tribe was led by senior center Abby Rendle, who scored 15 points with eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Nari Garner came off the bench to tally 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from long range and a pair of free throws.

Key Moment: UNCW closed out the first half by going on an 11-2 run over the final 4:04 to take a 31-29 lead into the intermission. The Seahawks never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 18 points as DeGraaf scored 10 points with 13 rebounds after the halftime break.

Up Next: UNCW plays the middle game of a three-game road swing on Sunday afternoon with a visit to CAA-leading James Madison for a league contest at 2 p.m. inside the JMU Convocation Center.