BANGOR, Maine – The Husson Eagles (1-2) dropped a heartbreaker to the Colby College Mules (3-1) on Wednesday night, 85-78, battling them into the first triple overtime game in program history. Senior Kenzie Worcester became the third Husson women's basketball player to score 1,400 career points after her 29-point performance against the Mules.
The Eagles trailed early in the first quarter, 0-2, before Worcester got the scoring going for the Eagles sparking a 7-0 run with a Vanessa Duarte three pointer and a Sami Ireland layup. After that burst of energy, the Eagles never looked back holding the advantage up to the final six minutes of regulation when Colby finally caught up and passed Husson on the scoreboard.
Advancing into the second quarter, Husson held a 16-6 lead and with 4:56 left to go in the half, Worcester scored her 1,400th point as an Eagle driving towards the basket to net a layup. Worcester is the second fastest women's basketball player to achieve the 1,400 point milestone in Husson history.
The Eagles and Mules swapped baskets the rest of the quarter as Husson went into the locker room at half time with a 29-20 lead.
The Mules came out of the locker room on fire, scoring eight straight points highlighted by back-to-back three-point shots from Keagan Dunbar. The Eagles scored their first points of the half off a layup by Megan Peach nearly three minutes into the quarter. Colby evened the score three times throughout the third quarter, but the Eagles always stepped up on the attack to bounce back into the lead. Advancing into the final quarter, Husson barely held a 44-40 leg up, just a couple baskets ahead.
Colby kept the momentum as they took a one point lead with just a little over half way to go in the fourth quarter. The Eagles and Mules swapped the lead multiple times before Worcester hit a three-pointer followed by a pair of free throws to extend Husson's lead to four points with just four minutes left in regulation. Ainsley Burns netted a basket on the next Mule possession to cut the Eagle lead to 53-51 with just 2:39 remaining, then continued to drain one of two shots from the charity stripe with just over a minute left to come within one point of Husson.
Emma Alley swiped a clutch steal with 0:35 seconds left and after an Eagles timeout, Alley continued this momentum towards the hoop to make the score 55-52 with 14.8 seconds on the scoreboard.
The Mules didn't give up that easily as Dunbar hit her third three of the night to tie the game with just 8.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, taking the Eagles into extra minutes.
Worcester scored the first points in overtime, but the Mules countered and captured the 60-57 lead off another Dunbar three.
Both teams swapped a pair of free throws as Colby held a 63-31 advantage with just seconds before the buzzer would go off. With 2.8 seconds left on the clock, Worcester drove towards the basket, drawing a foul, and with the utmost composure sunk a pair of free throws to force double overtime.
Trading baskets in the second period of overtime, both teams remained within two points of each other until a key defensive block by Peach followed by back-to-back baskets with three minutes left to play, gave the Eagles a four point lead. It didn't take long for the Mules to close the gap to 69-68 as the score remained the same up to the final 6.4 seconds of the OT period. Peach swiped the ball away from the Mules in the paint, drawing a foul on her way and hit both shots from the charity stripe with east to bring the score to 71-68.
Once again coming back from behind, Colby's Paige Russell hit a three right at the buzzer to force a third overtime period, tied at 71-71.
Colby's Emily Davis drained a pair of free throws for the first points on the board in the third period of extra minutes. The Eagles quickly responded with Nicole Tapparo's first points of the game as she evened the score at 73-73, from the charity stripe.
Breaking out on an 8-0 run with six points by Dunbar, the Mules siezed an eight point lead with 15 seconds on the clock. Worcester hit a timely three with 8.5 seconds left to close the gap to 76-81, but there just wasn't enough time for a Husson rally as Colby went on to capture the well-fought 85-78 victory.
Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with 29 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, while shooting 8-10 from the charity stripe.
Megan Peach had a career game off the bench tonight with a personal record 22 points, six blocks, four steals, and just one board shy of a double-double.
Sami Ireland pulled down nine rebounds and nine points.
Ainsley Burns led the Mules with 24 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Keagan Dunbar had 22 points including five three-pointers, 10 rebounds, and five assists, for a double-double.
Emily Davis also achieved a double-double with her combination of 12 boards and ten points.
Husson's defense totaled an impressive 15 steals and 7 blocks throughout the game while forcing 22 turnovers.
The Eagles have a busy weekend in Vermont starting off with a game at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Friday, November 30th at 7:30 p.m.