Maine women’s basketball team suffers third straight loss

Posted Dec. 15, 2013, at 4:25 p.m.

BOSTON, Mass. — The Northeastern University Huskies jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the game’s first four minutes en route to an 81-55 women’s basketball victory over the Maine Black Bears Sunday.

The Bears suffered their third straight loss and dipped to 5-3 while the Huskies improved to 5-3.

The Huskies shot 59.4 percent from the floor in the first half and went on to finish with a 47 percent effort (33-for-70) while holding the Bears to 31.7 percent (19-of-60).

Jewel Tunstull paced NU with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Kazzidy Stewart chipped in with 14 points and Samantha DeFreese added 12 points.

Liz Wood paced Maine with 13 points and nine rebounds. Sophie Weckstrom added 12 points and Lauren Bodine put in nine. Leading scorer Ashleigh Roberts was held to four points.

NU outrebounded Maine 46-35.

Trailing by 11 midway through the first half, Maine went on a 6-2 run. Wood started the push with a three from the top of the key. After a Northeastern make, Chantel Charles hit Maine’s third 3-pointer, cutting the lead down to seven.

Northeastern extended its lead to a 24-13 advantage. Maine answered with a 6-2 swing in 1:20 starting with a three from Weckstrom. After a Northeastern make, Wood drove the lane for a pair and soon after knocked down a free throw to cut the lead down to seven.

The Huskies extended their advantage as they ended the half on a 10-5 run to take their largest lead of the half into the break 44-28.

Maine returns home to the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor for a 2 p.m. Saturday contest against Towson.

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