Huskies go 1-1 against Delaware after home loss, 69-81


Muhammed Elarbi

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

Niyati Parikh, news staff

After beating Delaware once before, 72-62, Northeastern women’s basketball looked poised to pick up a season sweep against them. The win would lead to their best 10-game CAA start since joining the league. Unfortunately, NU came up short, losing 69-81. 

Delaware (8-13, 4-6 CAA) started the scoring of the game with a deep triple. Sophomore forward Alexis Hill countered with a layup to gain the first bucket for the Huskies (10-11, 6-4 CAA). A lengthy Delaware run left the Huskies with a dry period that ended with a reverse layup by freshman forward Mide Oriyomi. A layup and made free throw by freshman guard Century McCartney ended the quarter with NU down, 15-22. 

The Huskies needed to close off the Delaware three-point game as the Fightin’ Blue Hens made five out of the six triples in the first frame alone. 

With the Delaware lead ever-increasing, the Huskies needed to find a way to battle back. It was tough finding the bottom of the net, but NU freshman guard Anna Boruta sank a triple to cut the lead to 8 points. Although the Huskies kept Delaware to only one three-pointer in the second quarter, they were still outshot and outscored 19-11. 

Even with NU showing themselves to be a second-half team based on previous performances, they had an uphill battle following that first half. However, it seemed the third quarter comeback wasn’t in their cards as they still trailed, 43-56 as the fourth began. 

Oriyomi started off the final comeback attempt with a triple; however, mid-quarter, senior forward Ayanna Dublin headed toward the locker room as she possibly tweaked a prior injury. 

Despite being down by 17 points with five minutes to play, the Huskies failed to give in and took multiple fouls. Sophomore guard Katie May showed signs of life as she sank a triple, making it 53-69. The comeback attempt was kept alive by freshman guard Mossi Staples, who made five points in a row, which left the Huskies within 12 with less than four minutes to go. 

Oriyomi followed with a triple of her own which was then followed by a layup by sophomore guard Kendall Currence. Following that 10 point run, the Huskies were now within seven points with less than two minutes to play. Hill, a contributor to this comeback attempt, fouled out. 

The comeback came short as the Huskies eventually succumbed to Delaware, 69-81. This was the third game where the Huskies let their opponent score over 80 points, Oregon (89) and Towson (81).  

Double-digit scorers for NU were Oriyomi (11), Currence (10), and Staples (10). Dublin had the Husky-high for rebounds with seven. 

The Huskies’ next game will be Sunday Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Cabot Center against the CAA leading Drexel Dragons (16-6, 9-1 CAA) to celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day.