Worcester Helps Women's Basketball Top Colby from the Charity Stripe, 55-53

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Husson University's Kenzie Worcester hit a pair of free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles to a 55-53 non-conference win in women's basketball Tuesday evening at the Wadsworth Gymnasium. 

The Eagles improve to 9-8 overall (7-3 NAC), while the Mules fell to 7-9 (1-3 NESCAC).
By the Numbers
* Worcester had a game-high 26 points on 10-for-15 shooting, 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and 3-of-4 from the foul line. She also had six rebounds, two assists, and no turnovers.
* Sami Ireland added nine points and eight rebounds for Husson. Anna MacKenzie finished with six rebounds. Joan Overman had a game-high three steals.
* Colby had assists on all 19 of its field goals. Sarah Hancock was just two assists shy of tying the single game record of 12 set by Susan Whittum '87 in 1987.
* Jackie Albanese had a team-high 12 points, pulled down five rebounds, and had two assists. Haley Driscoll added 11 points, two assists, and two blocks. Katie McCrum also had 11 points and dished four assists, while Grace Coutu had seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Game Highlights
* Injury problems to Driscoll hurt the Mules in the final three minutes. She had left the game earlier in the fourth quarter with an injury, but came back to spark the Mules to a 53-48 lead. However, Driscoll had to leave the game again after a collision with 2:42 to play. The Mules would not score again.
* Ireland hit 1-for-2 from the foul line to make it 53-49 and then followed up later with a jumper to cut the margin to two points with 1:58 to play. Worcester hit an inside shot under fine defensive pressure with 1:08 to tie the game at 53-53. 
* Both teams had opportunities in the final minute to go ahead. The Mules appeared they would have the last shot, but Colby turned the ball over with 7.9 seconds remaining. Husson cleared out for Worcester, who was quickly double-teamed and a foul was called.
* The Eagles shot 60 percent from the field in the first quarter to go up 21-12. The Eagles still led 32-25 at halftime. The Mules had an 18-11 scoring margin in the third quarter to fight back.
Looking Ahead 
The Eagles will be welcoming Castleton to the Newman Gymnasium on Friday, January 26 for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.