By Ethan Marsh, Reporter
WILMINGTON, NC - The Women’s Basketball Team at UNCW has had a tumultuous season of sorts. Today’s game versus Northeastern added to it as the Seahawks lost to the Huskies 72-66 Friday Night at Trask Coliseum. The matchup versus Northeastern was the Seahawks annual “Play4kay” game as part of breast cancer awareness and as a part of Kay Yow’s cancer awareness initiative. Anyone can donate towards the Kay Yow cancer awareness at kayyow.com. The Seahawks women’s basketball team wore pink uniforms in recognition of this initiative and awareness. This matchup marked the 18th time the Seahawks and the Huskies faced off in history which the Huskies victory improved their overall record against the Seahawks to 10-8.
The Northeastern Huskies women’s basketball team came out ready as the team led a chant shouting “huskies” as the Kay Yow cancer awareness initiative information was being displayed on the jumbo tron. The Huskies came out to play and won. This game did not start off in the Seahawks’ favor as the Northeastern Huskies raced out to a 13-2 lead. The Seahawks then went on a 12-6 run of their own. The Seahawks shot an amazing 57 percent in the 1st quarter but only had five rebounds. This caused Coach Adell Harris to shout “Rebound!” to try to motivate her team to make more rebounds than they were making. The Huskies led the Seahawks in Rebounds 12 to 5 in the first quarter.
The Seahawks made the lead theirs for the first time in the 2nd quarter when Junior Jordan Henry scored to make it 37-36. The two teams swapped leads until the Seahawks took the lead 41-38 into halftime. The Huskies came out in the 3rd quarter and outscored the Seahawks 19-6 in the 3rd quarter to make the score 57-47 going into the fourth. Northeastern looked like they had the game in the bag as it was 61-47 early in the fourth but the Seahawks were not done. When Junior Point Guard Jasmine Steele made her final 3 pointer of the night with 58 seconds to play, it made it 67-63. Sophomore Center Rebekah Banks made a score and shot a free throw and it made it a 2-point game. The Huskies scored with 22 seconds left and it was essentially over. The Seahawks comeback fell short.
Senior Point Guard Shatia Cole led in scorers with 18 which made her 11th straight game in double figures. Jasmine Steele was right behind her by adding 17 which made her 6th straight game in double figures. Steele also made 5 3-pointer baskets in the matchup which made up 55 percent of the three pointers made by the team as an entirety by shooting 9 3-pointers total. 4 of the 6 players on the Women’s Seahawks basketball team were in the double digits in scoring as Rebekah Banks added 11 and Sophomore Guard Madison Raque scored 10, which made her third straight game in double figures in scoring.
This loss dropped the Women’s Seahawks basketball’s record to 7-16 overall, 3-9 in the CAA, and a dismal 4-9 record at Trask Coliseum. This game marked the last game of their three-game home stand. The Women Seahawks basketball team will begin a three-game trip on the road as they will play their rematch with Drexel in Philadelphia on Valentine's Day at 1 p.m.