Women’s hoops losing streak extends to three


Erin Howard/The Seahawk

UNCW women’s basketball takes on Towson on Jan. 19, 2020 in Trask Coliseum.

Erin Howard, Contributing Writer

WILMINGTON — UNC Wilmington has found itself in a three-game losing streak following Sunday afternoon’s contest against Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week Kionna Jeter and Towson. The Tigers started the game on a 17-0 run that the Seahawks were never able to recover from, before eventually losing 62-41. 

The Tigers zoned in on seniors Lacey Suggs and GiGi Smith from the jump, successfully stifling the duo’s hot streaks. Suggs entered the game looking to extend her double-digit scoring efforts to a streak of nine straight games while Smith looked to notch her 44th career game in double figures at UNCW. Neither were successful, finishing with two and four points respectively.

The lone offensive bright spot for the Seahawks came off the bench in Carol-Anne Obusek’s 16 points and six rebounds.

“When I had my chance, all I wanted to do was go in there and get some rebounds, and then I knew once I got rebounds, the rest of it would come for me,” said Obusek when asked about her mentality coming off the bench to serve as a spark for the team. 

Obusek was one of only two players to score for the Seahawks in the opening quarter that ended with a score of 22-5.

“The disappointing part is that Towson came into Trask very aggressive and you know, punched us — hard,” said head coach Karen Barefoot. “We got in a hole and it was hard to get out and then we were frustrated.”

Barefoot alluded to the positive sides of the loss, mentioning Obusek’s performance and how that can help them plan adjustments for when teams start to zone in on Suggs and Smith, which they have begun to do.

We’ve got to learn a lot from this game, because people are really keying in on Lacey and GiGi, and it takes a team,” said Barefoot. 

The Seahawks will look to move on from this loss and get themselves back in the win column on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. as they hit the road to face the College of Charleston.