UNCW Rallies To Knock Off Northeastern
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BOSTON -UNCW used a 22-6 run to erase a 12-point deficit and edge Northeastern, 69-64, in Colonial Athletic Association women's basketball action Thursday at Solomon Court.
The Seahawks improved to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in CAA play as they picked up their fourth straight victory. The Huskies slipped to 3-16 and 1-7 as they dropped their fourth consecutive contest.
Sophomore Alisha Andrews led three UNCW players in double figures with 15 points while junior Tawanna Lee chipped in 14 points, all in the second half, and junior Jessica Freeman pitched in 13 to guide a Seahawks attack that knocked down a season-high 11 three-pointers and committed just 10 turnovers.
Sophomore Jewel Tunstull posted game-highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds for her third double-double of the season to lead Northeastern. Senior Jamie Conroy chipped in 15 points and dished out a game-best eight assists while junior Deanna Kerkhof joined the duo in double figures with 15 points.
Trailing 52-40 with 10:50 remaining in the contest, a free throw from sophomore Abria Trice ignited the game-changing spurt that spanned just under six minutes and gave UNCW a 62-58 advantage with less than five minutes remaining.
A jumper from Conroy at the 4:27 mark ended the Seahawks stretch and pulled the Huskies within two, 62-60.
UNCW would regain a two-possession cushion one minute later on a baseline jumper from Freeman before a driving layup by Conroy with 92 ticks on the clock snapped a two-minute scoring drought for both sides and made a 64-62 contest.
Conroy was fouled on the play and had a chance to complete the conventional three-point opportunity, but left her free throw short, allowing the Seahawks to gain possession. The Huskies had a chance to tie the game moments later after a Seahawks turnover gave them the ball, but were unable to capitalize as Conroy's jumper in the paint on the their next trip down the floor failed to go down.
UNCW grabbed the ensuing rebound and was fouled, sending Lee to the line with 22 seconds left. Lee made one of two attempts to give UNCW a 65-62 cushion before Tunstull would trim the score to one, 65-64, with a uncontested layup at the 10-second mark.
Andrews was sent to the line on the Seahawks next possession and pushed the UNCW cushion back to three, 67-64, with a pair of free throws.
Northeastern would get off a game-tying attempt on its final possession, but the three-point shot by Kerkhof was short and junior Ayoola Weaver grabbed the ensuing rebound to give the ball to the Seahawks. Lee was fouled with one second remaining and knocked down both of her free-throw attempts to determine the final margin.
Earlier in the contest, Northeastern raced out to a quick 9-0 lead and used a 17-1 spurt later in the frame to take its largest lead of the game, 26-7.
The Huskies held a 33-18 edge with just over three minutes remaining in the first half when a three pointer by Andrews sparked a 12-5 spurt that trimmed the Northeastern advantage to 38-30 at the break.
Northeastern regained its double-figure lead early in the second half and would use a 7-3 stretch to take its largest lead of the frame, 52-40, and set up the Seahawks game-changing run.
Both teams return to action Sunday with 2 p.m. CAA matinees. UNCW is at Towson while Northeastern hosts William & Mary.
2 - Tawanna Lee
4 - Alisha Andrews
23 - Diana Venezia
24 - Jessica Freeman
40 - Karneshia Garrett