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Women’s basketball gets outshot on the road, loses in Wilmington

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Women’s basketball gets outshot on the road, loses in Wilmington

Sophomore guard Stella Clark goes up for a lay-up in the paint in a prior game against Delaware.

Sophomore guard Stella Clark goes up for a lay-up in the paint in a prior game against Delaware.

Muhammad Elarbi

Sophomore guard Stella Clark goes up for a lay-up in the paint in a prior game against Delaware.

Muhammad Elarbi

Muhammad Elarbi

Sophomore guard Stella Clark goes up for a lay-up in the paint in a prior game against Delaware.

Vincent van Oorschot, news staff

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North Carolina Wilmington has once again defended its home court in defeating Northeastern to earn a tenth straight win at Trask Coliseum, taking down the Huskies 83-70.

All-around shooting was the emphasis for Sunday afternoon’s game for the Seahawks (13-7, 6-3 CAA), as they had four players in double figure scoring: Gigi Smith (20), Shrita Parker (19), Lacey Suggs (15) and Chinyere Bell (14).

UNCW and Northeastern (14-6, 4-5 CAA) both came out with tremendous hustle throughout the game, as both teams knew the importance of the matchup at a buzzing Trask Arena.

But thanks to six points apiece from Smith and junior guard Timber Tate, the Seahawks led 20-15 at the end of the first quarter.

They extended their lead to 10 in the second quarter, but three consecutive 3s for the Huskies brought the lead down to one thanks to Shannon Todd, Kendall Currence and Zoe Zwerling.

Freshman guard Kendall Currence was a standout for the Huskies early, as she racked up 10 first-half points, including two made 3-pointers off the bench.

A late push by UNCW created a bigger deficit for the Huskies, extending the deficit to 41-35 at the end of the first half. The Seahawks shot well from the field, going 17-32, shooting at 53 percent compared to Northeastern’s 40 percent.

Twenty points for Smith in the first three quarters helped the Seahawks break open the game at the final break, as a 21-12 third quarter for UNCW pushed the lead to 15 going into the final 10 minutes.

Two straight baskets to open the fourth quarter by Northeastern forced the Seahawks to take a timeout, hinting at the possibility of a Husky comeback. This was followed by a continuous full-court press by NU which brought the deficit down to six, capping off an 11-2 start to the final period.

But the momentum flipped in the span of 64 seconds, as the Seahawks went on an 8-0 run and put the game beyond doubt.

A standout performance for Northeastern was the team-leading scorer, sophomore forward Shannon Todd, who finished with 18 points and five rebounds. Alongside Todd was senior guard Jess Genco who finished the night with a quiet 10 points, three rebounds and five assists.

The Huskies return home against CAA leader James Madison (15-4, 7-1 CAA) at the Cabot Center on Friday.

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