WILMINGTON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) – Junior center Chinyere Bell came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points, including 16 in the second half, to lead UNCW to a 64-53 victory over Towson in a key Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball contest inside Trask Coliseum on Thursday evening.
The win, UNCW’s third in the last four games, elevated the Seahawks’ record to 11-17 overall and 4-13 in the CAA. Towson, meanwhile, lost its fifth consecutive game to drop to 9-19 overall and an identical 4-13 in league play.
Bell, who matched her career high in scoring, made 8-of-9 shots from the floor, including a 2-for-3 effort from long range, while adding three rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.
The Tigers, who beat UNCW by a 72-71 margin in the first meeting on Jan. 12, were led by sophomore forward Nukiya Mayo’s 11 points and 11 rebounds. Redshirt senior guard Raine Bankston tallied 18 points while freshman guard Jalynn Holmes posted 11 points off the bench.
Key Moment: In a game that featured six ties and eight lead changes, the Seahawks used a 17-4 run to break a 47-all tie and claim a 64-51 lead they did not relinquish. DeGraaf scored 7 of her 14 points during the spurt while UNCW converted 8-of-9 free throws.
Up Next: UNCW closes out the regular season on Saturday, Mar. 3, with a 2 p.m. visit from defending CAA champion Elon. The Seahawks will honor their senior class prior to tip-off.