CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston women’s basketball team (9-16; 4-10 vs. CAA) takes to the road this weekend in a gambit to reverse their fortunes heading into the final stretch of the season, beginning with a Friday showdown against the Northeastern Huskies (12-14; 7-8 vs. CAA) in the Cabot Center at 4 p.m.
The Cougars come off a tough home-stand last weekend, where they dropped games to Elon and William & Mary. In both contests, CofC went down big early and couldn’t quite recover, so they’ll be looking for a strong start against Northeastern to correct that pattern.
Northeastern controls the narrow 3-2 edge in the series dating back to CofC’s first year in the CAA. The last time they met in the Cabot Center, the Cougars escaped with a 54-52 win.
The Cougars and Huskies met earlier this season in TD Arena, which resulted in a narrow win for Northeastern by a score of 52-49. The Cougars started the game well, but the Huskies won the third and fourth quarters, as crucial free-throw misses cost CofC dearly. Kelsey Booth finished with a team-high 13 points for the Cougars, while senior Samantha DeFreese sparked the NU win with a 12-17 double-double.
DeFreese is the most pivotal contributor for the Huskies, as she leads the CAA in field goal percentage (54.0%) while ranking third in free throw shooting (80.6%) and rebounding (8.5 RPG). What’s more, she leads the team in scoring and shot blocks. Freshman Jess Genco meanwhile runs the point for NU, leading the team in assists (100) and steals (37).
Following the Cougars’ battle in Boston, they will head south to New York for a Sunday meeting with the Hofstra Pride (19-7; 10-5 vs. CAA).