Women’s hoops tops Northeastern for second-straight win

UNCW picked up some much-needed momentum in its second-straight win on Friday night


Erin Howard/The Seahawk

UNCW women’s basketball against Northeastern on Feb. 28, 2020 at Trask Coliseum

Erin Howard, Staff Writer

WILMINGTON — UNC Wilmington got its second-straight win Friday night at Trask Coliseum against Northeastern. The 61-48 victory was fueled by senior Lacey Suggs who had 18 points, helping her crest the 1000 career-point mark.

“I’m very proud of our team. A lot of toughness out there. We just, really we’re in attack mode,” said Head Coach Karen Barefoot following her team’s second-straight win in a two-game revenge tour.

The Seahawks now stand at 5-10 in conference play and 8-18 overall while the Huskies dropped to 8-8 in the league and 12-15 overall as they try to hold on to their No. 4 spot in the conference.

UNCW came out to play from the jump with visions of its previous matchup with Northeastern fresh in its mind. The dagger to the heart that was Shannon Todd’s late three-pointer to send the Seahawks home with a loss back on Feb. 2. For the second-straight game, Barefoot emphasized defense and went with a two point guard lineup, starting both Ahyionna Vason and Moriah Crisp, with GiGi Smith coming off the bench.

UNCW never trailed throughout the contest, but at the end of the half the Huskies kept it in close range trailing 24-19. To open the second half, Suggs came out and nailed a three-pointer, securing her spot in UNCW hoops history, becoming the 17th women’s player all-time to score 1000 career points at the Dub.

“If you would’ve asked me about this three years ago, I would’ve said definitely not. But I stick with doing what I do and love what I do,” Suggs said when asked about her journey from walk-on to scholarship player to now 1000-point scorer.

In addition to her dominant performance on offense, Suggs added six rebounds and two steals on the night.

Smith only registered two points in the first half, but exploded for 19 in the second, making her the game’s leading scorer with 21.

“I sit there, wait my turn and then come in the game and do what I have to do. Just help my teammates pass, rebound, score, just whatever it can be,” she said of her new role as a spark off the bench.

10 of her points came from the free throw line as she shot 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.

The Seahawks will look to extend their win streak to three and sweep the conference series against Hofstra as they come to Trask on Sunday for a 2 p.m. Senior Day game that will honor the Seahawks’ six seniors: Smith, Suggs, Vason, Crisp, Chinyere Bell and Timber Tate.