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UNCW hits late shot to lift them past JU, moves to 2-1

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The University of North Carolina Wilmington women’s basketball team got a key defensive play and late basket to propel it past Jacksonville University 51-49 in the Thanksgiving Classic at Trask Coliseum.

With the game tied at 49, sophomore guard Madison Raque made a steal and passed the ball forward to senior guard Shatia Cole who hit the game-winning jumper with 9 seconds left on the clock, moving UNCW to 2-1 on the season.

The Seahawks play again today at 2 p.m. in its second game of the Thanksgiving Classic when they host Davidson.

Cole led UNCW against Jacksonville with 13 points while junior forward Jordan Henry added 12 points.

“It wasn’t pretty. In late November, the wins aren’t going to be pretty. A year ago, that team would have lost this game. And that team did lose these games,” said head coach Adell Harris. “But we found a way, stayed tough throughout and we stuck together.”

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