Seahawks snap home game hot streak


Noah Powers/The Seahawk

UNCW women’s basketball coach Karen Barefoot

Erin Howard, Contributing Writer

WILMINGTON — UNC Wilmington looked to continue its hot streak in Trask Coliseum (won 15 of last 16 at home) heading into Saturday’s matchup against Kennesaw State but fell short 58-56.

The Seahawks got out to a slow start, only scoring 10 points in the first quarter against the tough defense of Kennesaw State. The team was kept alive by the play of Gigi Smith, who jump-started the second quarter for the Seahawks, nailing back-to-back threes, one coming as a result of her tough play on defense that forced a KSU turnover.
Things then took a turn for the Seahawks as they went on a three-minute scoring drought, ending the quarter trailing 30-23.
As the second half got underway, senior guard Ahyiona Vason took over and changed the tone of the game, scoring the first of her seven points that quarter on the opening play. She credited her play to her defense.
“I just let my defense take over. Once I got that charge, I felt better,” said Vason. “I started attacking, if I saw the lane, I just went for it.”
Vason continued her outstanding play in the fourth quarter, hitting two big threes. She finished the game with 13 points, one assist and two steals.
Although the outcome was not what the team wanted, head coach Karen Barefoot called it a “good loss,” saying it was definitely a game the team can learn a lot from and be proud of.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my team, the way we were gritty and tough, and we had a chance to win it, we battled. That’s big,” said Barefoot. “When they had the momentum pretty much the whole game, we didn’t put our head down.”
The Seahawks head to South Carolina for their next game where they will take on Presbyterian College on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.