BANGOR, Maine - Husson University women's basketball (2-2, 2-0) defeated Maine Maritime (3-2, 1-1), in the Fifth Annual Husson Sports Hall of Fame Game on Saturday afternoon.
Husson junior guard Kenzie Worcester was the only player to net 20+ points in the matchup against the Mariners to help lift the Eagles to a victory in a game that featured 11 ties and six lead changes.
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The Eagles held a 29-27 lead going into the locker room after back-and-forth scoring in the first half of the game. Husson regained the lead with a pair of free throws by sophomore Logan Huckins to account for the two-point margin. Throughout the first half, there were 8 tie scores where neither team held a lead greater than five points.
A fast break layup by Kenzie Worcester in the third gave the Eagles a four point gain over their opponent but it was quickly overturned when the Mariners scored five points to gain a 32-31 advantage.
With just 3:06 remaining, Maine Maritime gained the biggest lead of the game (41-35) but the Eagles answered back with a three-pointer by senior Jordan Butler and free throws by sophomore Sami Ireland. Worcester closed out the third quarter with a jump shot to give the Eagles a one-point deficit (43-42).
In the final minutes of the game, freshman Emma Alley added two points to tie it up 47-47 - the 10th tie score of the afternoon. The Eagles jumped out to a five point advantage with quick points from Alley and Ireland with 1:08 to play.
A stifling Husson defensive effort held the Mariners to a 23.5% (8-34) shooting percentage while the Eagles had a 35.8% field goal percentage.
The largest margin of score throughout the game was an 8 point lead which didn't come until the final seconds of the game when Husson went ahead, 58-50, with free throws by Alley.
LEADERS - Husson
Worcester went 6-6 on the foul line, accumulating a game-high 21 points while grabbing four rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Alley netted 10 points, going 3-3 on field goals, 1-1 on 3-pointers and 3-3 on free throws.
Anna MacKenzie chipped in seven points and four rebounds.
LEADERS - Maine Maritime
Megan McLean contributed a team-high 15 points, shooting 4-6 at the free throw line.
Alayne Felix picked up 13 rebounds and 10 points for the Mariners.
Melinda Ogden tallied six points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Husson edged the Mariners steals (10-5) and assists (10-8) while Maine Maritime had the advantage in rebounds (54-31).
The Eagles will travel to Vermont for a conference matchup against Green Mountain on Friday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m.