—Despite an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double from lone-senior Jewel Tunstull
, the Northeastern women's basketball team (1-1, 0-0 CAA) could not overcome a second half surge by Rutgers and dropped a 65-51 decision on Wednesday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
The Huskies struggled offensively, shooting just 29.8 percent (17-57) from the floor, and 27.8 percent (5-18) from 3-point range. NU was able to outshoot the Scarlet Knights from the free-throw line, landing 12 of 17, good for 70.6 percent.
Tunstull, a Preseason All-CAA First Team member, led Northeastern in both scoring and rebounds. Junior captain A'lece Mark
joined Tunstull in double figures with 11 points to mark her second double-figure scoring game of the season. Amencie Mercier
scored eight points, Samantha DeFreese
and Tiffany Montagne
added five apiece, rookie Francesca Sally
tallied two and Tanisha Hopewell
and Kazzidy Stewart
each contributed one to round out the scoring for the Huskies.
Three Scarlet Knights posted double-digit scoring games and were led by Kahleah Copper who notched a game-best 26 points. Betnijah Laney and Briyona Canty were among the trio and posted 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Scarlet Knights struck first, posting an early 7-0 run in the first three minutes. Samantha DeFreese
slowed Rutgers' momentum and got Northeastern on the board after hitting two free throws. RU pieced together another 7-3 spread to go ahead 16-5, but back-to-back jump shots from Montagne and Mercier brought NU to within seven at the half way mark in the first stanza.
Northeastern went on the attack after Mark rallied two consecutive 3-pointers following a pair of free throws by co-captain Mercier. Up by one, Rutgers drove in two layups, good for a 24-19 advantage. Each team landed a shot from the floor before entering the final media timeout of the frame, 26-21. After some back-and-forth action, Mark recorded her third shot of the night from behind the arc to end the half trailing by five, 31-26.
DeFreese started the second half with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two, but Rutgers went on an 18-2 surge for a 20-pont lead, the largest of the day. During that run, NU turned the ball over eight times, posted three fouls and missed nine total shots to trail 51-31.
With 12:41 left in the second half, NU head coach Daynia La-Force called a timeout in an attempt to regain control, but it was not enough to stop the Scarlet Knights.
Down 53-36, Montagne managed a steal, which led to a driving layup on the left side from Tunstull to bring the Huskies within 15.
A pair of Tunstull free throws, marking the sixth straight for the senior, tightened the discrepancy, but Rutgers maintained at least a 13-point lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Scarlet Knights clung on to the lead to close out the game, 64-51.
The Huskies return to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when they head to Durham, N.H., to take on New Hampshire. NU will hit the road one more time in a match up against Rhode Island on Wednesday, Nov. 20, before returning to Cabot Center to face NJIT.
• A'lece Mark
recorded her 21st career and second season double-digit scoring game.
• NU is 4-5 in home-opening games since joining the CAA and 3-5 under head coach Daynia La-Force.
• Jewel Tunstull
notched her first double-double of season, marking the 13th of her collegiate career.
• Jewel Tunstull
tallied her 36th career game as NU's leading rebounder and 21st as the scoring leader.
• The Huskies' seven team assists matched a single-game low from last season.
• Northeastern's .298 field-goal percentage is the lowest mark since the 2012-13 season opener against Eastern Michigan (.273).
• NU is now 1-5 all time against Rutgers.
• Northeastern's 11 team steals is the first double-digit mark in steals this season. The Huskies reached double-digit steals 18x last year.
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