BANGOR, Maine –The Husson University women's basketball team took down the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers, 74-49, on Wednesday evening in their final home game of the regular season at Newman Gymnasium.
Coming off the bench with three minutes left in the opening quarter, Jordan Butler stepped on the court with a purpose, draining back-to-back three's to give Husson (15-9, 13-4 NAC) their largest lead of the quarter, 18-13. With the help of three steals by Joan Overman and Butler, the Eagles continued to separate themselves from the Beavers (7-17, 4-13 NAC), 24-13, to close out the first quarter on a 9-0 run.
The two teams shared a back-and-forth banter throughout the second quarter with Husson just barely out-scoring UMaine-Farmington 18-15, shooting 50% (18-36) from the field to the Beavers 32% (8-25). Leading all-scorers, Kenzie Worcester netted 11 points at the half while Sami Ireland and Beaver's McKenna Brodeur grabbed five boards apiece. The Eagles held the 42-28 advantage advancing into the third quarter.
Husson was on their defensive game opening up the third quarter, scoring six unanswered points before the Beavers netted their first basket of the second half off a layup by Brodeur with 5:58 on the clock. The Eagles continued extending their lead to 22 points (58-36) in the first 90 seconds of the final quarter after Overman netted both baskets from the charity stripe and Butler drained her fourth 3-pointer of the game.
Cutting the deficit back down to 16 points (61-45), UMaine-Farmington's Brodeur kicked off a 9-3 run with six points of her own followed by a deep three by Cheyenne Malloy for her third of the night, with 6:01 left to play. Finishing out the final minutes of the match, Husson cruised to a 74-49 victory with the final basket at the buzzer by Husson's Amanda D'Amico with a 3-pointer.
- Sophomore forward Ireland grabbed her 10th rebound in the final three seconds of the match to help earn third double-double this season paired with her 12 points.
- Junior guard Worcester netted 15 points, shooting 6-8 from the field and picking up four boards.
- Senior guard Butler sunk four 3-pointers to add on to her total of 14 points while also contributing five rebounds and three assists.
- Sophomore guard Overman grabbed a season high five steals in a single match.
- Leading all-scorers, freshman forward Brodeur recored a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 5-7 from the free throw line.
- Junior guard Morgan Crocker went 5-8 from the charity stripe adding on to her accumulation of nine points, six assists, and three steals.
- Junior forward Paige Carter helped her team out defensively, coming down with six boards.
Husson edged UMaine-Farmington in field goal percentage 43.7% (31-71) to 31.5% (17-54) and total rebounds, 49 to 38. The Beavers proved an advantage in points off of turnovers, 15 to 13. The Eagles also scored 36 points off the bench.
The Eagles will close out the regular season on the road as they venture to Thomas College on Saturday, February 17th with tipoff slated for 1:00 p.m.