STANDISH, Maine – The Husson University women's basketball team (3-5, 3-1 NAC) was defeated by Saint Joseph's College (8-1, 2-0 GNAC), 80-63, at the Harold Alfond Center on Sunday afternoon.
Husson held an early 13-9 lead in thanks to Sami Ireland scoring eight consecutive points. Saint Joseph's would finish the quarter on a 14-2 run and hold onto the lead for the rest of the game.
Leading 44-28 heading into the third quarter, Saint Joseph's morphed a 13-point (47-34) advantage into a 73-39 cushion on the heels of the aforementioned scoring run. Hannah Marks connected on her seventh trifecta of the afternoon to cap the 26-7 surge with 7:57 remaining in the fourth frame.
Sophomore guard Julia Quinn made a layup to lift the Monks to a game-high 35-point (80-45) lead just over two minutes later. As it played out, the bucket would be the hosts' last of the afternoon, as the Eagles forced six SJC turnovers down the stretch en route to trimming their deficit down to 17 points before the final buzzer rang.
Husson won the fourth quarter by a score of 24-15. Barrett Campbell scored eight of her 10 points in the final frame.
LEADERS – HUSSON:
· Junior guard Kenzie Worcester (Washburn, Maine) scored 12 points with three boards and three assists
· Sophomore center Sami Ireland (Howland, Maine) came off the bench to contribute 12 points and seven rebounds
· Sophomore guard Barrett Campbell (Saco, Maine) chipped in with 10 points in 21 minutes off the bench
· Senior Jordan Butler (Hampden, Maine) – who played at SJC during the 2013 fall semester - registered eight points, six rebounds, and three assists
LEADERS – SAINT JOSEPH'S:
· Junior guard Kelsi McNamara (West Newbury, Mass.) scored 17 points with eight assists
· Junior forward Emily Benway (Rochester, N.H.) fell one rebound shy of posting a double-double with 10 points and nine caroms
· Junior guard Julia Champagne (Brunswick, Maine) tallied 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists
The Eagles host the University of Southern Maine on Wendesday with a 6:00 PM tip-off.