HENNIKER, N.H.—The Husson University women's basketball team defeated New England College, 68-60, on Friday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
Husson improves to 12-8 overall and 10-3 in league play, while the loss drops the Pilgrims to 12-8 overall and 7-6 in the NAC.
The Pilgrims were led by Daleia Boutwell who scored 21 points and compiled 12 rebounds. Classmate Rene Hudson chipped in with 13 points including three three-pointers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first half was a tale of two different teams on each side. The Pilgrims came out strong in the first quarter and used a 16-2 advantage in rebounds to control the ball for a majority of the frame. The Pilgrims quickly built a double-digit lead and held their largest lead of 17 points with 2:49 to go in the quarter.
Trailing 23-11 to start the second quarter the Eagles quickly cut into the deficit and scored 25 points in the frame to cut NEC's halftime lead to just two points, 38-36. Husson, which hit just four field goals in the first quarter, hit 10 of their 17 attempts in the second quarter (58.8%).
Husson scored the first basket and would take a one-point lead on a free-throw at the seven-minute mark. After a two-minute scoreless draught for both teams, NEC reclaimed the lead on a layup by Ashley Lopez, but Husson scored on their next trip down the floor and forced NEC into turnovers on their next three trips down the floor, which allowed the Eagles to build 52-44 lead at the end of the third.
The Pilgrims managed to cut the deficit to five points with just over a minute left in the game but the clock was working against them, and Husson held on for the 68-60 victory.
NEC maintained its lead in rebounding, finishing with a 50-28 advantage including a 21-9 edge in offensive rebounds. The Eagles forced 24 turnovers in the victory.
Husson will take on conference foe Colby-Sawyer College tomorrow, February 3, with a tip scheduled for 1:00 pm.