Post-Game Notebook: Seahawks Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational

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

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - After a busy and exciting weekend inside Trask Coliseum, reviews the UNCW women's basketball team's two victories in the Seahawks Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational. Two for Two – With a five-game losing streak looming over them, the Seahawks knew they had to get at least one win in the Seahawks Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational in order to head into the holiday break on a positive note. Not only did the Seahawks get one win in the tournament, they claimed a victory in both contests to go into the holiday break with a 4-5 record and a bit of momentum.
After posting an impressive 61-48 triumph over East Tennessee State on Friday afternoon, the Seahawks ended their six-game homestand by erupting for 80 points en route to an 80-70 victory over Charleston Southern.
Just the Facts – UNCW and Jacksonville State earned a pair of victories in the 2014 Seahawks Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational while East Tennessee State and Charleston Southern dropped both games in the tournament. The game scores were:
Game #1 – UNCW 61, East Tennessee State 48 (box score)
Game #2 – Jacksonville State 70, Charleston Southern 43 (box score)
Game #3 – Jacksonville State 57, East Tennessee State 56 (box score)
Game #4 – UNCW 80, Charleston Southern 70 (box score)
Seahawks Tomorrow – In front of a sellout crowd of 5,141 fans, the Seahawks earned the win over East Tennessee State as part of its annual "Seahawks Tomorrow" program. UNCW improved to 6-2 all-time in the "Seahawks Tomorrow" contests, which allow local elementary school students to visit the UNCW campus and watch the Seahawks play.
The Seahawks will host a second "Seahawks Tomorrow" game on Friday, Jan. 9 when UNCW faces College of Charleston in a Colonial Athletic Association match-up at Trask Coliseum.
Disconnect Four – The Seahawks snapped East Tennessee State's four-game win streak as a result of the 61-48 decision on Friday morning. It also marked the Buccaneers' first loss in the month of December.
The Seahawks held ETSU to a season-low 48 points and just 3-for-16 shooting from three-point range on Friday morning. ETSU had entered the game against the Seahawks as the Southern Conference scoring leader with a 76.3 average.
High Five – The Seahawks have now won five straight games against Charleston Southern and hold a commanding 23-1 advantage in the all-time series. Saturday's game was the first meeting between the two teams since the 2011-12 season.
Eighty is Enough – The Seahawks scored 80 or more points for the second time this season in their victory over Charleston Southern on Satuday afternoon. They had a season-high 89 points in a Nov. 19 victory over Campbell at Trask Coliseum. It is just the third time over the last three years that the Seahawks have scored 80 or more points.
Leading Ladies – The Seahawks have now held the advantage at the intermission in seven of their nine games this season. In the victory over ETSU on Friday, they led by a 31-28 margin. UNCW led Charleston Southern by a 43-32 count after 20 minutes on Saturday afternoon.
Area 51 – The Seahawks tied a season high by grabbing 51 rebounds in the win over ETSU on Friday morning. It also marked the second time in three games UNCW has tallied 51 rebounds; the Seahawks also had 51 rebounds against VCU on Dec. 2.
Nifty Fifty – UNCW has now grabbed 50 or more rebounds in three of its nine games this year after the 51-rebound performance on Friday. Prior to this year, the Seahawks had 50 or more rebounds just three times in the previous four seasons.
On the Offensive – After being limited to a season-low seven offensive rebounds against Richmond on Wednesday, the Seahawks responded by averaging 19.5 offensive rebounds in the two wins over ETSU and Charleston Southern in the tournament. They had 22 offensive rebounds against ETSU before posting 17 offensive rebounds against Charleston Southern.
Setting a Standard – The Seahawks set season highs with 20 made free throws and 36 free throw attempts in their win over Charleston Southern on Saturday. The 36 free throw attempts are the most by a UNCW team since making 26 of 38 free throws in a win over Campbell at Trask Coliseum on Dec. 10, 2011.
One for the Record Books – Senior guard Kelva Atkins put together one of the most prolific performances in the history of the UNCW women's basketball program against Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon. She scored a career-high 40 points, including 24 in the second half, to become the 16th player in school history with 1,000 career points.
But, Atkins was not done with her assault on the UNCW women's basketball record book. She became just the second player (men's or women's) to score 40 points in a game, matching the women's school record set by Tressa Reese at Charleston Southern on Feb. 13, 1991.
In addition, she posted the most points by any player (men's or women's) in the history of Trask Coliseum. The previous record of 39 points was set by UNCW's Wanda Carroll on Dec. 19, 1986.
Abdulai Jalloh of James Madison holds the men's record at Trask Coliseum with a 37-point performance against the Seahawks on Feb. 9, 2008.
In the two games of the Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational, Atkins averaged 29.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Double Your Pleasure – Sophomore forward Ryan Flowers posted the sixth "double double" of her college career in the win over Charleston Southern by scoring 14 points with a game-high 11 rebounds.
It marked the third time this season she has recorded at least 10 rebounds. She had 14 rebounds against Campbell and 11 rebounds against ETSU.
Double Your Pleasure, The Sequel – While all of the focus was on the 40 points senior guard Kelva Atkins scored against Charleston Southern, it's also important to note she added 10 rebounds in the victory to record her fourth career "double double" against the Buccaneers. She also earned a "double double" against UNC Pembroke in the season opener on Nov. 16.
Cole Gets the Nod – Junior guard Shatia Cole earned her first two starts of the season at the Hampton Inn Christmas Invitational and performed well. She averaged 10.5 points per game while making 8 of 21 field goal attempts. A transfer from Coastal Carolina, Cole made 42 starts in two seasons with the Chanticleers.
The Bank is Open – Freshman forward Rebekah Banks (left) posted a season-high six rebounds in the win over ETSU on Friday morning. Prior to the game against the Buccaneers, she had grabbed just 13 rebounds in six contests this season.
Around the Circuit – The Colonial Athletic Association posted a combined 4-3 record during the league's games on Friday and Saturday. While UNCW won both of its games, Delaware dropped a pair of contests against Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The home team won five of six games not played at a neutral site while the Blue Hens' contest against Northern Kentucky was held at the University of Cincinnati's Fifth Third Arena.

On the Horizon – The Seahawks will be idle until Monday, Dec. 29 when they make their first trip outside the State of North Carolina this season. UNCW will visit Florida Atlantic for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference game before traveling to Stetson on New Year's Eve at 1:00 p.m.


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