Junior guard Jasmine Steele and senior guard Shatia Cole combined to score 29 points as UNCW held off Towson to earn its first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season following a 52-49 victory at the Tigers’ SECU Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The win, which ended a three-game losing streak for the Seahawks, upped UNCW’s record to 5-9 overall and 1-2 in the CAA. Meanwhile, Towson dropped to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in the CAA after suffering its second loss in a row.
Steele led the Seahawks with a game-high 16 points by making four of eight three-point field goal attempts in addition to all four of her free throws. Meanwhile, Cole tallied her fourth double-digit scoring effort in the last five outings after notching 13 points with five assists and three steals.
Sophomore forward Rebekah Banks nearly earned a “double double” for the Seahawks after scoring nine points, with a career-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Madison Raque also came off the bench to contribute eight points, including a pair of three-point field goals.
After falling behind by an 8-7 margin in the first quarter, the Seahawks scored the final seven points of the stanza to take a 14-8 advantage they did not relinquish. UNCW led by as many as eight points midway through the third quarter and never trailed by less than two points during the remainder of the game.
The Seahawks return the Port City for a brief two-game home stand beginning on Friday, Jan. 15. UNCW faces Hofstra at 11:30 a.m. inside Trask Coliseum.