NU suffers winless weekend to split season series with both UNCW and Charleston


Courtesy Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics

Senior forward Ayanna Dublin goes to score in a game against Towson earlier this season.

Niyati Parikh, news staff

Even though the Huskies were coming off a strong week with a win against Towson on their senior day and senior guard Shannon Todd achieving her 1000th career point, this weekend proved to be a fatal one for the Huskies, falling 61-48 to UNCW on Friday and 66-61 in OT to Charleston on Saturday. 

Northeastern vs UNCW

Unfortunately Northeastern (12-16, 8-9 CAA) couldn’t replicate what they had done previously against UNCW (9-18, 6-10 CAA) as they fell 48-61. NU was led by rookie guard sensation Mossi Staples who received the team-high in points (12).

Sophomore guard Kendall Currence and senior forward Ayanna Dublin also notched 10 points apiece. Sophomore forward Alexis Hill was kept to 8 points with three steals and a block as well. UNCW contained junior guard Stella Clark as she was scoreless for the first time this season. 

NU struggled from the deep line as they missed on all seven of their 3-point ventures. 

Despite causing 14 turnovers in the first half, NU could not figure out how to contain UNCW and get their own lead, eventually succumbing to the Seahawks. 

“Unfortunately, we didn’t come out and take care of what we needed to take care of tonight. We needed to keep teams off the boards and off the free-throw line and we didn’t do either one of those very well tonight. We have another opportunity on Sunday,” said NU head coach Kelly Cole after the loss. 

Northeastern vs College of Charleston

Todd opened up the scoring for the Huskies with her go-to triple. However, Charleston (13-15, 6-10 CAA) came out with a fiery opening quarter to generate a lead as high as 11 points over NU. The opening quarter ended in the red for the Huskies as they trailed, 13-18. 

The second quarter fared much better for the Huskies as they went on an eight-point run and evened the score heading into the second half of the game. 

In a game of flipping quarters, the third frame was Charleston’s as they ran away with the lead, 35-44. 

The final quarter was one for NU as despite the lead by Charleston, went on a 15-1 run in the last four minutes of the game. A foul on Hill sent her to the charity stripe where she converted both to send the game to overtime, 54-54. 

Despite the incredible comeback, the Huskies failed to connect in the overtime period. Dublin fouled out with 10 seconds left and the ballgame ended in the Cougars favor, 61-66. 

The Huskies head into their final game of CAA play against Hofstra (3-25, 0-17 CAA), March 7 at 2 p.m. on the road in Hempstead, New York.