Alyssa Frye broke four school records and Afreyea Tolbert came just one assist shy of a triple-double as the College of Charleston women's basketball team rounded out an impressive northeast road swing with their third-straight conference win on Sunday, defeating the Huskies of Northeastern University, 90-74, at the Cabot Center.
Frye, a native of Chester, Va., became the College's career leader in three-pointers made (202) en route to a 34-point performance against the Huskies, breaking the program record for most points scored in a game.
Fellow senior Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.), who transferred to Charleston from Northeastern in 2012, also put on a show against the Huskies, scoring 18 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dropping 9 assists in 35 minutes of play against her former team.
In the first half, the Huskies (7-9) won the tip and jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Cougars quickly clawed back, however, and following the first of Frye's 10 three-pointers on the night, cut the deficit to just one point, 9-8, at the under-16 media timeout. Two free-throws from Frye and a put back from Mikaela Hopkins (Augusta, Ga.) gave the Cougars 12-9 lead with 14:18 left in the opening half.
The Cougars (10-7) would not trail again.
Bolstered by six Alyssa Frye three-pointers and 59.3% shooting from the field, the College took a commanding 15-point lead to the locker room at halftime.
The Huskies, who were picked to finish four places ahead of the College in the preseason CAA standings, struggled with the Cougars tenacious defense in the opening twenty minutes, shooting a paltry 25.7% from the field, including 18.8% from three-point land.
In the second-half, the Cougars showed no sign of a letdown, scoring seven of the first nine points, including two buckets from freshman Jasmine Carter (Lexington, N.C.) on the low block. While Jill Brown (Midlothian, Va.) continued to pull the strings from her point guard position, Frye and Tolbert dictated tempo on the perimeter, shooting a combined 68% from the field.
Also performing well for the Cougars was junior center Mikaela Hopkins, who checked in with a season-high 18 points on six of eight shooting, while also grabbing five rebounds.
The Huskies were resilient, however, going on a 9-0 run mid-way through the second-half to cut the Cougar advantage to just nine with six minutes remaining.
It was a close as Northeastern would get, as three consecutive baskets from Tolbert, Breanna Bolden (Edgewater, Md.) and Hopkins extended the lead to fifteen before Frye sealed it in fashion with her record-breaking tenth three-pointer of the night to give the Cougars their third-straight conference win, 90-74.
The Huskies were led on the afternoon by Jewel Tunstull's 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Next up for the College are the Tigers of Towson University on Thursday, Jan. 23, in the first match-up of a two game home stand. Tip-off with the Tigers is set for 7 p.m.
• Sunday's win marks the Cougars first victory over Northeastern. The two teams had never played prior.
•Alyssa Frye's 34 points is the highest single-game point output in school history. Missy Peterson, who scored 33 points against Campbell on Feb. 2, 1998, held the previous mark.
• Frye's 10 three-pointers are the most in a single game in CofC program history. She also held the previous mark of 7, set last season against East Carolina on Nov. 17, 2012.
•Frye 10 three-pointers came on 14 attempts, giving her the highest single game three-point field goal percentage in school history.
• The ten made three pointers, tie a Colonial Athletic Association record for most treys in a game.
• As a team, the College shot 58.9% from the field, the third highest shooting percentage in school history. The Cougars shot 67.3% against Anderson on Nov. 17, 2001.
• From behind the arc, the Cougars shot the second highest three-point shooting percentage in women's hoops history (68.4%). The Cougars 13 team three-pointers is the second most in school history as well.
• The Cougars shot 91.7% (11-12) from the free-throw line, the fifth highest percentage output in program history.
• Led by Jill Brown, the College dropped 25 assists as a team (the third most in team history).
• Jill Brown, the College's all-time career assist leader, dished out another seven on Sunday, giving her 508 for her career.
• Afreyea Tolbert now has five point/rebound double-doubles on the season.
• Alyssa Frye now has 978 career points, putting her just 22 short of 1,000. Only nine players in the history of College of Charleston women's hoops have scored more than 1,000 points in their career.
College of Charleston Head Coach Natasha Adair:
On her team's record-breaking performance…
"Focus and toughness prevailed today. We've talked about doing more and giving more as a team and I think today was a great representation of that by our student-athletes. We executed well and got great shots. We played Charleston basketball and finished the game with nothing left in the tank. I'm so proud of our players, coaches and support staff. It feels good to return home with two great conference road wins."
College of Charleston senior guard Alyssa Frye:
On the best game of her career so far…
"Most importantly, this was a great way to end our northeast road trip! We were focused and ready to play. Breaking the school records is a great accomplishment, but ultimately it would never have happened without my teammates. Jill (Brown) pushing the ball, Free (Tolbert) going strong and almost nabbing a triple-double and Mikaela (Hopkins) coming off the bench grabbing boards and putting up 18 points. They are amazing. The most important thing is that we came out with a win, we did it together and we are pushing forward."
College of Charleston senior guard Afreyea Tolbert
On her team's 90-74 win…
"What a win! This was a great way to end the weekend. We were so focused today and we really have been playing more and more as a team. Alyssa (Frye) came in and really got us going. She couldn't miss and we fed off her energy, which made us more intense and focused. These two road wins put us in great position as we move forward in conference play and a lot of people are stepping up for us right now. I am really proud of the team, the way we played today and the way we've been playing recently."