WILMINGTON, North Carolina –Freshman Brie Mobley poured in a season-high 20 points, but Northeastern used a 16-2 run midway through the second half to defeat UNCW, 64-50, in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Thursday at Trask Coliseum.

In the league opener for both programs, the Huskies evened their season mark at 7-7 while the Seahawks slipped to 1-14 overall.

Junior A’Lece Mark tallied 21 points to power a Northeastern attack that shot 44.4 percent (24-of-54) from the floor for the contest, including 40.0 percent (8-of-20) from 3-point range. Sophomore Tiffany Montagne and junior Amencie Mercier joined Mark in double figures as they finished with 13 and 10 point, respectively. Sophomore Samantha DeFreese pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds to power the Huskies to a 43-36 advantage on the glass.

Mobley poured in a season-high 20 points for UNCW, who was just 19-of-63 (.302) from the field for the game, highlighted by a 1-for-18 (.056) effort from beyond the arc. Mobley was the only UNCW player to reach double figures as freshman Naqaiyyah Teague chipped in eight points and junior Kelva Atkins finished with seven.  

Moments after a jumper by Teague capped a 10-2 spurt that pulled the Seahawks within one, 37-36, a 3-pointer by sophomore Kazzidy Stewart at the 11:55 mark ignited the game-changing spurt that lasted 5:28 and put the Huskies in front, 53-38. Northeastern converted all five of its field goal attempts and were 3-of-4 at the free-throw line during the run while the Seahawks missed all 10 of their field goal tries.

The Huskies would cruise the rest of the way, maintaining a double-digit lead over the final 6:27 of the contest to post the 14-point victory.

Northeastern never trailed in the contest, knocking down seven of their first 12 attempts while limiting the Seahawks to just 2-of-12 shooting on their way to building an early 16-4 advantage.   

The Huskies would expand their lead to as many as 13 during the opening frame before a jumper by Atkins sparked a 13-5 run that would pull the Seahawks within five, 26-21, with 2:30 remaining.

Northeastern took a 31-24 lead into the halftime break and held a 35-26 advantage early in the second half when back-to-back jumpers by freshman Ryan Flowers sparked the Seahawks to their 10-2 spurt and set up the Huskies decisive run.

Both teams return to action Sunday. UNCW hosts Hofstra in a 1 p.m. contest while Northeastern travels to Towson for a 2 p.m. matinee.

 

GAME NOTES:

  • The win by Northeastern evened the all-time series at 7-7. The Huskies also improved to 4-3 in Trask Coliseum with the triumph.
  • UNCW slipped to 7-22 all time in CAA openers. The Seahawks dropped their first league contest of the season for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
  • UNCW shot below 35 percent from the field for the sixth time this season and the first time in five games.
  • UNCW failed to gain a lead in a contest for the eighth time this season.
  • The Seahawks posted a 17-4 edge in second-chance points despite holding just a 16-12 advantage in offensive rebounds.
  • The Seahawks finished the contest with just one 3-point field goal as they were 1-of-18 from beyond the arc. It marked the third time in four games that the Seahawks have finished with just one 3-point field goal.
  • UNCW matched its season low with seven turnovers, equaling their output against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 29.
  • The Seahawks forced Northeastern into 15 turnovers and posted nine steals. It marked the 10th time this UNCW has recorded nine or more steals in a contest.
  • Northeastern finished the contest shooting 8-of-11 (.727) from the free-throw line while UNCW was just 11-of-18 (.611) at the charity stripe.
  • UNCW had trouble distributing the ball with only six assists to 11 for Northeastern.
  • The two teams combined for just 11 bench points as Northeastern held an 8-3 edge in that category.
  • Northeastern accounted for 11 of the 13 fast-break points scored in the contest.

 

PLAYER NOTES:

 

1 – Naqaiyyah Teague

 

  • Established a new season high with five steals, breaking old mark of three set on four previous occasions.
  • Led team in rebounding for the sixth time this season.

 

2 – Brie Mobley

 

  • Reached double figures in points for the eighth time this season.
  • Established a new season high in points, breaking previous mark of 16 set against Elon on Nov. 13.
  • Led team in scoring for the second time this season.

 

25 – D’Asia Cain

  • Led team in rebounding for the second time this season.