|Flowers Paces UNCW In Setback At NU|
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.
2 – Brie Mobley
3 – Kelva Atkins
45 – Ryan Flowers