Alexis Hill creates new career highs, leads Huskies to 4th straight win

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Alexis Hill creates new career highs, leads Huskies to 4th straight win

Alexis Hill pulls down a rebound during a game last season.

Alexis Hill pulls down a rebound during a game last season.

Muhammed Elarbi

Alexis Hill pulls down a rebound during a game last season.

Muhammed Elarbi

Muhammed Elarbi

Alexis Hill pulls down a rebound during a game last season.

Niyati Parikh, news correspondent

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Sophomore forward Alexis Hill set career highs in points (25) and steals (6) as the Northeastern women’s basketball team won their fourth consecutive matchup against Maine on the road 66-58. 

With 15 lead changes and 11 ties throughout the contest, this game could have fallen to either squad.

The first quarter set the tone for the game as both teams went on their respective runs. The Huskies (4-6) went on a 6-0 run while Maine (4-9) countered with their own 5-0 run to cut the early Husky lead to 10-9. Freshman guard Mossi Staples exhibited why she earned Rookie of the Week as she contained the Black Bear offense in the last possession of the opening quarter to keep the game tied at 15.

Heading into this contest, Northeastern averaged about 19 turnovers per game. The week-long break between games proved to be influential as Northeastern had only 14 turnovers compared to Maine’s 24. 

Although Maine was ahead at the half, 33-29, NU was poised out of the intermission and took back the lead by going on a 13-3 run in the third quarter. Following an off-balance jumper by sophomore guard Kendall Currence, the Huskies grabbed and maintained the lead for the remaining minutes of the game.

The Huskies capitalized in the paint as they scored a majority of their points (44) while they struggled with triples going 0-7 from beyond the arch. NU also had 18 steals for the night, led by Hill, and they converted 21 points off turnovers. 

To start the final quarter, NU went on a 5-0 run making seemingly impossible layups possible as they were triple covered by the Maine defense. Northeastern pulled away with their largest lead of the game and finished off the win with a score of 66-58. 

NU shot 47.3 percent compared to Maine’s low 39.6 percent while Hill marked eight straight games of scoring double digits. Other double digit scorers for the Huskies included junior guard Stella Clark (13) and senior forward Ayanna Dublin (12), both nabbing 4 steals a piece. 

The Huskies head home to play in-town rival, Boston University at Case Gym on Dec 29 at 2 p.m.