Gallery: Seahawks topple conference-leader James Madison


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Shrita Parker (4) during UNCW’s matchup with James Madison on Jan. 18, 2019.

Noah Powers, Assistant Sports Editor

UNC Wilmington (10-5, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) played host to conference-leader James Madison on Friday night.

A late-game three-pointer from redshirt senior guard Shrita Parker put the Seahawks up 66-63 with 1.9 ticks to go. Following a timeout by the Dukes, JMU guard Jackie Benitez would hoist a three-pointer as time expired only to come up short and seal the victory for an up-and-coming Seahawk squad.

In their last 17 contests with JMU, the Seahawks had fallen short — a losing streak dating back to the 2009-10 season. Feb. 14, 2010 was the last time UNCW found success over JMU, downing the Dukes in Trask 70-67.

This victory marks a turning point for UNCW women’s basketball and currently stands as one of the biggest wins in the Karen Barefoot era.