WILMINGTON — The UNCW women’s basketball team dropped a pair of games at Trask Coliseum over the weekend during the Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic.
After a 65-49 defeat to unbeaten Providence of the Big East Conference, the Seahawks committed 24 turnovers on Sunday and scored just six points in the fourth quarter as La Salle handed UNCW a 64-48 setback at Trask Coliseum.
Junior forward Amy Griffin made 9-of-17 shots from the floor and scored a game-high 22 points for the Explorers, who earned its third win in a row. La Salle evened its record at 3-3, while UNCW dropped to 2-3 after suffering its second straight defeat.
La Salle held UNCW without a field goal for nearly eight minutes to close out the first quarter in building a 15-14 edge the Explorers did not relinquish. Griffin tallied 10 of her 22 points in the first half as the La Salle built a 33-26 advantage at the intermission. UNCW trimmed the deficit to 36-34 after outscoring the Explorers 16-14 in the third quarter, but La Salle pulled away in the final frame to secure the result.
Junior guard Diamond Willis paced UNCW with 10 points. Redshirt senior forward Jordan Henry nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
The Seahawks have now lost three of its last four games after opening the season with a 64-56 win over Norfolk State. UNCW opens a two-game road swing on Wednesday, Nov. 30, by traveling to Davidson for a non-conference game against the Wildcats at 7 p.m.