Atkins' Historic Effort Lifts Seahawks Past Charleston Southern, 80-70

By / Local Sports / Tuesday, 23 December 2014 05:00

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior guard Kelva Atkins (Granville Central H.S./Stem, N.C.) scored a career-high 40 points, including the 1,000th of her college career, and added 10 rebounds to lead UNCW (4-5) to its second straight win, an 80-70 non-conference victory over Charleston Southern University (3-7) inside Trask Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to becoming the 16th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone, Atkins also tied the UNCW women's basketball single-game record and eclipsed the Trask Coliseum record for points in a game by any player.
With 16.2 seconds remaining in the second half, Atkins converted a pair of free throws to give her 40 points in the game, which matched the school record set by Tressa Reese at Charleston Southern on Feb. 13, 1991. In addition, she broke the Trask Coliseum men's and women's basketball single-game scoring records.
After the Buccaneers sprinted out to a 9-3 lead in the opening four minutes of the game, the Seahawks answered by scoring 13 of the next 16 points to take a 16-12 advantage on a lay-up by Atkins with 11:20 remaining in the stanza.
The Buccaneers battled back to reclaim a 24-23 edge with 5:42 remaining before UNCW ended the opening half by going on a 20-8 run to take a 43-32 advantage into the intermission.
Charleston Southern rallied in the opening eight-plus minutes of the second half to retake the lead at 49-48 on a jumper by sophomore forward Tatum Jarvis (Mt. Tabor H.S./Winston-Salem, N.C.) with 11:43 remaining.
But, the Seahawks took back the advantage by scoring 18 of the next 23 points for a 66-54 margin with 6:15 left they did not relinquish.
Atkins, who scored 24 of her 40 points in the second half, made 14 of 19 shots from the floor, including two of three attempts from three-point range, and converted 10 of 16 free throws. She also earned the fourth "double double" of her college career after grabbing 10 rebounds with two assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Ryan Flowers (Millbrook H.S./Hickory, N.C.) contributed 14 points along with a game-high 11 rebounds for her sixth career "double double" while junior guard Shatia Cole (Myrtle Beach H.S./Myrtle Beach, S.C.) added 10 points for the Seahawks, who were playing their sixth home game in a row. Jarvis, who was limited to just two points in the Buccaneers' loss against Jacksonville State on Friday, led Charleston Southern by scoring 13 points after a 5-for-13 shooting effort. She also added six rebounds and two steals. Senior forward Alise Karlsone (Saldus, Latvia) tallied 11 points with six rebounds and three steals while sophomore guard Marley Brown (Katy H.S./Katy, Texas) scored 10 points with four rebounds.
The Seahawks will be idle until Monday, Dec. 29 when they begin a two-game road trip by visiting Florida Atlantic for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference game.


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