Women’s basketball’s comeback attempt falls short against Towson

Niyati Parikh, news correspondent

 Northeastern women’s basketball team couldn’t keep up their three-game winning streak Friday, losing to Towson 81-68. 

With Towson (9-8, 4-2 CAA) starting off the game strong with a 9-22 opening quarter, the Huskies (8-9, 4-2 CAA) had an uphill challenge for the rest of the way. The Huskies having had 10 turnovers, almost double of the 6 that the Tigers had, proved to be a disadvantage for NU. 

The offense seemed more of a unit heading into the second quarter as sophomore forward Alexis Hill and junior guard Stella Clark connected back to back to cut the Tigers’ lead to 6, 18-24. Freshman forward Mide Oriyomi went on her own small run, scoring 5 straight points for the Huskies, although they still trailed by 6 points. A strong block by sophomore guard Katie May led to a good and-one attempt by sophomore guard Kendall Currence after she made the layup. 

Luckily for NU, what seemed to be a Towson three-pointer was changed to a double, leaving the Huskies trailing by 6 once again leading into the second half, 32-38. 

Senior guard Shannon Todd was on the money with threes this game, as she hit one to start the second half and another to cut the lead to 38-40. Clark hit a mid-range jumper that rattled around the rim but eventually found the net to tie the game at 42 apiece with 7 minutes left in the third quarter. However, the Tigers fought back and they broke away to end the quarter up by a whopping 18 points, burying the Huskies three-quarter comeback effort. 

During the fourth quarter, the Huskies went on a 9-0 run, bringing up the deficit to only 9 points with 7 minutes to go. But, with NU shooting 39 percent for the night and Towson going on a 23-5 run to end the final quarter, they couldn’t get the job done as they lost, 68-81. 

NU players to hit double digits included game-high Oriyomi (15), Currence (12), and Clark (10). Clark also brought in 9 rebounds while freshman guard Mossi Staples had 6 rebounds, and both May and Hill had 5 boards apiece.

The Huskies (8-9, 4-2 CAA), who have dropped in standings after this game, go on to play top place James Madison (14-3, 5-1 CAA) in another road game at 2 p.m. on Sunday.