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Huskies find their groove in prideful 66-53 win against Hofstra

Margot Murphy
Yirsy Quéliz dribbles down the court. Quéliz tallied a season-high 11 points in Sunday’s matchup against Hofstra.

The Northeastern women’s basketball team (6-8, 2-2 CAA) earned its second win in a row Sunday in a 66-53 home victory against Hofstra. The Huskies had previously lost seven straight games, but it broke this streak Friday in a victory over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks 79-49, the team’s biggest win this season. 

The matchup against Hofstra was Northeastern’s fourth game of conference play this season. The Huskies previously lost to University of Delaware (6-9, 2-1 CAA) and Drexel University (8-7, 3-1 CAA), the fourth and seventh ranked teams in the CAA, leaving Northeastern in the eighth ranked position.

The Huskies had a rocky start to the game as the team incurred an administrative technical foul,  allowing Hofstra sophomore guard Emma Von Essen to tally a free throw before the clock started. 

Still, much of Northeastern’s success in this game can be attributed to its first quarter performance. The Huskies were up 28-8 at the end of the 10 minutes with an overall shooting accuracy of 66.7%.

Northeastern held on to its double-digit lead throughout the second quarter as senior guard Derin Erdogan led the team with six points and an assist. The Huskies finished the quarter 41-21, marking its biggest lead at the half this season.

The Pride began to trim its deficit in the third quarter, scoring eight points off of eight Husky turnovers. Northeastern had no points off of turnovers this quarter, but tallied three second chance points and two fast-break points. The Huskies were still up 51-34 at the end of the third frame.

Von Essen and senior guard Ally Knights led Hofstra in its fight for the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter, scoring five unanswered points to close the Huskies’ lead to seven. Northeastern senior forward Deja Bristol responded with four points from a layup and two free throws. In the last two minutes of the game, Northeastern secured the victory with six free throws, beating the Pride 66-53.

Overall, the Huskies proved its speed and agility as it dominated Hofstra 19-5 in fast-break points, but the Pride took a slight edge in points off turnovers 17-14.  

Freshman guard Yirsy Quéliz had her fourth start in a row, scoring 11 points with a team-high field goal shooting accuracy of 80%. Junior forward Asha Parker, who played for a season-low eight minutes, hasn’t played in the starting five since the Husky loss against the Syracuse Orange in December. 

Bristol notched her second double-double of the season with 12 rebounds and 15 total points. She is the only player on the team to tally a double-double this season.

The Huskies will continue its conference play at 1 p.m. Sunday in their Alumnae Game when it faces the College of Charleston Cougars at home. 

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Margot Murphy, Deputy Photo Editor
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