COFC WBB v UNCW
The College of Charleston Women’s Basketball team had a tough matchup against the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks -- ultimately, UNCW prevailed. The February 26th matchup ended 68-66. Both teams are in the Colonial Athletic Association conference. The Seahawks gained their first conference win (now 1-9) and the Cougars are now 2-5 conference, 6-7 total.
To sum up the game: On Junior Guard Tyler Collin’s eighteen points and eight assists, and Junior Guard Madison Taylor’s seven boards, the Cougars were able to stay within grasp of the win throughout the entire game, but it was clear that the Seahawks were able to capitalize on their free throws and simply make more shots. In the last minute of the game, the Cougars gave up four points on free throws, turned the ball over twice, and missed their only shot. It was a tough matchup that came down to the final seconds.
Here were the three factors that led to the Cougars loss:
The College simply struggled to put the ball in the hoop. They shot 35.8% from the field, and UNCW 39%. Neither team could shoot from beyond the arc: the Cougars - 28.1% and UNCW - 28.6%. On the other hand, Charleston was red hot from the free throw line, going nine for ten. If the Cougars could have gotten more attempts from the line, this game wouldn’t have had to go down to the wire.
The Cougars got out-rebounded in every quarter, 49 to 33, and this really made it tough for the Cougars. Arynn Eady and Madison Taylor both had seven boards, which was a great contribution, but two of UNCW’s players, Obusek and Webster, combined for 23 of the team’s 49 rebounds.
The Cougars were in foul trouble throughout the entire game: the Seahawks had the luxury of taking twenty six shots from the charity stripe, while CofC only took ten total. UNCW had an extra eighteen points from the Cougar’s discipline issue, and it was what sealed the coffin.
This was a big night for CofC. It was Senior night for Shai Blanding and Lexi Maddox and it was also the last home game before the CAA tournament. Next up is Elon on March 5th.