Women’s basketball drops thriller against Northeastern

Central Michigan sophomore guard Molly Davis drives past two Iowa defenders and scores a layup in the first half of an 87-72 loss to Iowa in the first of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament March 21 at Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.

After leading most of the way, Central Michigan women’s basketball suffered a heart-breaking 63-57 loss against Northeastern on Friday in Boston, Massachusetts. 

The Chippewas are 1-3 on the season. Northeastern improves to 4-2. 

How it happened

Northeastern matched the defensive intensity of the Chippewas, and with a minute left in the first, the score stood at 9-9. Sophomore forward Sydney Graber broke the deadlock with a short jumper, giving CMU the lead at the start of the second quarter.

Freshman guard Tiana Timpe kept rolling with a contested 3-pointer, increasing the Chippewas’ lead to five. Northeastern answered and tied things at 14. CMU continued pressuring the Huskies in the half-court, resulting in transition buckets as the Chippewas went into the break ahead 26-22.

Northeastern got things started from deep in the third, and the Chippewas looked to junior guard Molly Davis. She responded with back-to-back three-pointers, as CMU kept their foot on the gas and pushed the lead to 10. 

A 10-0 run of the Huskies brought the score back even two minutes into the fourth quarter. The Chippewas snapped the scoreless streak, but a shot-clock violation started an offensive slump for CMU. The Huskies strung together a 9-0 run and took the lead. 

The Chippewas never quit fighting, as Davis connected on another 3-pointer late. However, Northeastern kept shooting lights-out and secured a 63-57 victory.

Key Performers

Davis led all scorers with 32 points while shooting 11-of-13 from the free-throw line. Senior forward Jahari Smith finished with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Three Northeastern players finished in double-figures.

Key Stats

The Huskies finished the game shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from deep. CMU finished 6-25 from beyond the arc and 19-of-53 overall.

Northeastern finished with 35 points in the paint, compared to 20 for the Chippewas.

What’s Next

The Chippewas continue their road trip at 2 p.m. Sunday when they head to Poughkeepsie, New York, to face Marist.