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Probably not.

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 31 Div I Women’s Championship - Quarterfinals - Oregon v Mississippi State Photo by Joseph Weiser/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At 3 PM PT, the Northeastern Huskies will attempt to defeat the greatest women’s basketball team in the world, the undefeated #1 Oregon Ducks.

(Available on the Oregon Live Stream.)

SEASON THUS FAR

RECORD: 0-1, 0-0

BEST WINS: N/A

WORST LOSSES: South Dakota

COMMON OPPONENTS: N/A

LAST 5 GAMES:

  • W (3/9) @ Elon, 83-57
  • W (3/14) CAA Basketball Championship, Quarterfinals, UNCW, 75-64
  • L (3/15) CAA Basketball Championship, Semifinals, Drexel, 69-73 (OT)
  • L (3/21) WNIT, First Round, @ Butler, 72-89
  • L (11/5) South Dakota, 76-80

SEASON RECAP

Northeastern has only played one game so far, against South Dakota on Boston Public Shools Day. They gave their mid-major foe a good game, a back and forth affair that saw the Huskies fall just five points shy of the upset, 80 to 76.

Sophomores Kendall Currence and Alexis Hill are being asked to increase their roles from last year and looked good in their first contest of the season, combining for 34 points. South Dakota is the top-ranked women’s mid-major and the Huskies were able to keep up with them throughout the game, a good sign for a team looking to take over the CAA.

Coach Kelly Cole, an Oregon native, is bringing Northeastern to their first ever Oregon visit. Ten years ago, NU played another No. 1 team, UConn at Gampel Pavilion. Last year, they made their first ever appearance at the WNIT, and averaged 69.9 points while their opponents averaged 66.5.

HUSKIES’ STARTERS

#1 Kendall Currence

5’7, Guard, Sophomore

(1 GP - 22.0 MPG - .777 FG% - .833 3PT% - .000 FT% - 19.0 PPG - 2.0 REB)

Currence is a new starter and will be asked to step up her game after the departure of a couple of key seniors. We’ll see if she can replicate her three point success from last year, 18 of 40.


#4 Alexis Hill

5’11, Forward, Sophomore

(1 GP - 31.0 MPG - .636 FG% - .000 3PT% - 1.00 FT% - 15.0 PPG - 3.0 AST - 4.0 REB)

Another new starter, Alexis Hill also had a good showing against a talented South Dakota team.


#11 Stella Clark

5’4, Guard, Junior

(1 GP - 32.0 MPG - .400 FG% - .500 3PT% - .500 FT% - 13.0 PPG - 8.0 AST - 4.0 REB)

Clark has seen a lot of playing time during her freshman and sophomore seasons. She earned five CAA Rookie of the Weeks in 2017-18, becoming the first women’s basketball player in CAA history to begin her collegiate career with three consecutive awards, so hopefully she can live up to some of that early potential.


#14 Shannon Todd

6’0, Guard, Senior

(1 GP - 27.0 MPG - .375 FG% - .200 3PT% - .000 FT% - 7.0 PPG - 2.0 AST - 2.0 REB)

Todd is a three year starter and will be a sure leader in this offense. Her three-point accuracy has improved every year and she’s become more of a threat taking it to the basket as well.


#12 Ayanna Dublin

5’10, Forward, Senior

(1 GP - 20.0 MPG - .500 FG% - .000 3PT% - .666 FT% - 6.0 PPG - 3.0 REB)

One of two seniors in this lineup, Dublin became a full-time starter last season and was a crucial part of their battle for the boards with 5.3 per game.


PANIC LEVEL

2 out of 18 Triple-Doubles

No offense to Northeastern, but there is slim to no chance that they beat the Ducks at Matt Knight Arena on opening night. Even if Oregon

SCORE PREDICTION

DUCKS 98 - HUSKIES 43

Northeastern Against George Mason In Women’s Basketball Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images