Moriah Crisp was also out with an injury and is uncertain for the CAA tournament, where the Seahawks will begin play Wednesday in Philadelphia as the No.
"Everybody was bringing it up at times, so it shows how much fight we have regardless of who's point guard," said Willis, who played 32 minutes.
UNCW led the league's defending champion in the third quarter and got as close as 50-46 with 4:24 left after a Timber Tate 3-pointer.
"When I was a head coach at Elon, we were in a similar as we are here," Barefoot said.
Eventually people start buying in and the team here has really done a good job of buying into that teal collar work ethic." Lacey Suggs had a team-high 11 and Rebekah Banks pulled down 12 rebounds.