BOSTON – Freshman Ryan Flowers scored 15 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, but Northeastern shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the second half to post a 56-44 victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball action Sunday at the Cabot Center.

The Huskies improved to 8-12 overall and 2-5 in CAA play as they swept the season series from the Seahawks and halted a five-game losing skid. UNCW, meanwhile, slipped to 3-19 and 2-6 with the road setback.

Flowers was 7-of-12 from the floor to lead a Seahawk attack that shot just 19-of-53 (.358) from the floor for the contest, highlighted by a 1-of-13 (.077) effort from 3-point range. Fellow freshman Brie Mobley joined Flowers in double figures with 11 points.  

Sophomores Samantha DeFreese and Kazzidy Stewart tallied 16 and 15 points, respectively, to pace a Northeastern lineup that knocked down 21-of-46 field goal attempts, including 11-of-19 performance from the floor in the second half, and was 8-of-17 from beyond the arc on the afternoon. Junior Amencie Mercier joined the duo in double figures with 10 points while DeFreese grabbed nine rebounds and senior Jewel Tunstull added eight caroms to give the Huskies a 34-29 advantage on the glass.

Trailing 32-31 midway through the second half, a 3-pointer by Mercier at the 11:01 mark sparked the Huskies to a 13-2 spurt and a 44-34 lead with 7:31 remaining.  

The two teams would trade baskets over the next two minutes before another Huskies 3-pointer, this time a triple from Stewart, sent the Huskies to an 8-3 spurt and its largest lead of the game, 54-41, with 1:28 on the clock. A conventional 3-point play by Flowers and a pair of free throws by DeFreese in the final minute determined the 12-point outcome.

Earlier in the contest, a 3-pointer and jumper by Mercier keyed a 10-2 spurt that erased a 6-3 deficit and gave the Huskies at 13-8 advantage.

A 3-pointer from freshman Johanna McMillan and a layup by Flowers sandwiched around a Northeastern layup brought the run to a close and pulled the Seahawks within two, 15-13, but back-to-back baskets by DeFreese and sophomore Tiffany Montagne stretched the Huskies advantage back to seven, 20-13.

Leading 22-19 in the final minute of the first half, a conventional 3-point play by DeFreese set in motion a 7-0 spurt that lasted into the early part of the second half and gave the Huskies a double-digit cushion, 29-19.

UNCW countered Northeastern’s spurt moments later, converting five of its eight field goal attempts over a six-minute span to key a 13-2 run that put the Seahawks in front, 32-31, and set up the Huskies game-changing spurt.

UNCW returns to action Feb. 7 with a 7 p.m. contest against defending league champion Delaware at Trask Coliseum. Northeastern is back on the floor Tuesday in a 7 p.m. matchup against Towson at the Cabot Center.

GAME NOTES:

  • Northeastern picked up its second straight victory and third win in four tries against UNCW to take an 8-7 lead in the all-time series. The loss also snapped a three-game road winning streak for the Seahawks against the Huskies as UNCW suffered its first loss to Northeastern at the Cabot Center since Feb. 10, 2010.  
  • UNCW recorded double-digit assists for the fourth time in the past five games and the ninth time this season as the Seahawks finished with 10 assists on 19 made baskets.
  • The Seahawks shot below 60 percent at the free-throw line for the 10th time this season as they were just 5-of-9 (.556) at the charity stripe. Northeastern was 6-of-7 (.857) from the line for the game.
  • UNCW finished with 10 or fewer turnovers for the fifth time this season as it was charged with 10 miscues against the Huskies. Northeastern finished the contest with 14 turnovers.
  • Northeastern became the 10th opponent this season to shoot better than 45 percent from the field against the Seahawks as the Huskies were 21-of-46 (.457) from the floor for the contest.
  • UNCW shot below 10 percent from 3-point range for the fifth time this season and the third time in the last four games as they were 1-of-13 from beyond the arc.
  • The Seahawks were held below 50 points for the second straight contest and the sixth time this season.
  • UNCW held a 26-16 edge in points in the paint, highlighted by an 18-10 margin in the second half.
  • The Seahawks moved to 0-19 this season when trailing by 10 points or more during the contest.

PLAYER NOTES:

2 – Brie Mobley

  • Reached double figures in points for the 11th time this season.

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Led team in assists for the 17th time this season and the 31st time in her career as she finished with four assists.  

45 – Ryan Flowers

  • Reached double figures in points for the second straight contest and the fifth time this season.
  • Posted double-digit rebounds for the fifth time this season.
  • Led team in scoring for the second straight contest and third time this season.
  • Led team in rebounding for the fourth straight contest and the 10th time this season.