Saturday night’s scoreless first overtime period in UNCW’s 57-55 victory over the College of Charleston was unusual by most standards and merited additional in-depth research by national statistical guru Elias Sports Bureau.
According to the recognized authority on all things sports, the UNCW-CofC game represented the first scoreless overtime since Arkansas State and Tennessee-Martin featured a scoreless second overtime session in a triple overtime battle on Nov. 16, 2012.
UNCW plays its final home game of the season on Wednesday when CAA frontrunner Delaware visits for senior night. It will be the last home appearance for six seniors (Zack Allen, Chris Dixon, Ben Eblen, Marcus Graham, Tanner Milson, Shane Reybold) and two managers (Dan Larkin, Nick Wilson).
A special pre-game ceremony will be held at 6:40 p.m. at Trask Coliseum.
Atkins named CAA Co-Player of the Week
Junior guard Kelva Atkins was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Co-Player of the Week on Monday.
Atkins, who shared the honor with James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder, is the first UNCW player to receive the honor this season. It is also the first time that Atkins has received the honor in her career.
“‘Kelva had a great week for us,” said UNCW Coach Adell Harris. “I’m happy for her and hope that she can continue to perform at a high level over the next few weeks.”
Atkins averaged 18.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in leading UNCW to 1-1 record in its final two home contests of the season. She shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 86.7 percent at the free-throw line as she played 79 of a possible 80 minutes in the two contests.
Atkins opened the week with her first career double-double, posting 18 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds in a 67-53 setback to College of Charleston on Feb. 20. She followed that effort with a game-high 23 points and six rebounds in the Seahawks dramatic 60-59 triumph over Towson on Sunday.
The Seahawks (4-24; 3-11 CAA) return to action Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest at Drexel.