CHARLESTON S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team had two players in double figures, won the battle on the glass and forced 13 turnovers, but it wasn’t enough as the Huskies of Northeastern University walked away from TD Arena with a 61-53 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman Breanna Bolden (Edgewater, Md.) put in a bright performance for the Cougars, dropping 13 points and pulling down eight rebounds, while senior Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.) pitched in with 11 points and seven boards.
The Cougars (12-11, 5-5 CAA), started the game in roaring form, jumping out to 9-2 lead following an Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) free throw with 13:08 left in the opening stanza. From there, Northeastern steadily settled in to the game, cutting the Cougar advantage to just one point at the 8:52 mark before taking the lead, 15-14, through two Tiffany Montagne free throws.
As the first half came to a close, the Huskies extended their lead to six on a trey from Tanisha Hopewell, before a transition jumper from Bolden and a strong finish through contact by Tolbert cut the Huskies lead to four as both teams made their way to the locker room.
In the second half, the Cougars continued to trade baskets with Northeastern until junior shooting guard Erin Hall (Norcross, Ga.) provided the College with a spark, burying a deep triple on a nice assist by Jill Brown (Midlothian, Va.), before knocking down another mid-range jumper to bring the Cougars to within one with 12:12 left in the contest.
That was as close as the Cougars would come. Despite cutting the gap to three, with just 3:58 to play, Northeastern managed critical baskets down the stretch, eventually walking away with the 61-53 victory.
Next up for the Cougars is a Thursday, Feb. 13, road trip to Newark, DE, to take on the Blue Hens of the University of Delaware. In their last meeting on Jan. 26, the Cougars beat the Blue Hens, 68-66 at TD Arena.
• Freshman Breanna Bolden averaged 16.5 points per game over the Cougars two-game home stand, dropping 20 on Drexel Friday night before going for another 13 Sunday afternoon against Northeastern.
• Jill Brown threw another six assists on Sunday. She now has 545 for her career.
• Brown is averaging 4.7 assists per game for her career.
• The College outrebounded the Huskies, 45-38. Mikaela Hopkins led the way with nine.
• The Cougars attempted 65 shots on Sunday, 11 more than the opposition. The College is averaging 68.5 field goal attempts per game – on pace for a school record.