BEVERLY, Mass. - Despite a career-shattering game for Kenzie Worcester dominating the hardwood as she led a rally for the Eagles with a whopping 26 points in the second half, the Husson women's basketball (3-4) team fell just shy of a comeback by one basket, 60-57, to Endicott College (4-4) on Wednesday evening in a non-conference game.
It was a back-and-forth first quarter for both teams with neither one pulling ahead more than four points. Sami Ireland had a great first five minutes of play scoring half of Husson's first quarter points (seven) to go along with seven rebounds. Endicott's Emily Pratt made one-of-two free throws to put the Gulls up by three at the end of the first frame.
Endicott kicked off the second quarter on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes. Then Husson answered back with a 10-0 run of their own as Worcester capped it with a nice three off a handoff by Ireland, hitting her 1,500th career point at Husson. The Gulls spoiled the Eagles' run with yet another of their own, netting 11-0 unanswered points to give Endicott a 32-24 advantage going into halftime.
Husson struggled to find their footing in the beginning of the second half trailing by double digits, but Worcester had other plans for Husson as she scored ten-straight points to cut Endicott's lead down to seven with three minutes left in the third. The Gulls held onto the lead going into the fourth quarter, 49-39.
Worcester continued to battle, adding on to her impressive night by scoring ten of the first 11 points to begin the final quarter cutting the Gulls' lead to a mere two points with three minutes left in the game. Just a minute later, the senior guard tied the game off a layup. Endicott's Pratt and Kaleigh Putnam bucketed a layup each to recapture the lead with one minute remaining. Husson had a chance to tie the game, but missed a few jumpers as they fell short by a bucket.
Kenzie Worcester led all scorers with 33 points for the second-most netted in a single game in her career while also becoming the third member of the 1,500 point club at Husson, to go with seven rebounds. After scoring 26 points in just the second half, the senior guard broke the NCAA era record for points netted in the second half of a game.
Sami Ireland recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 boards, along with two blocks.
Emily Pratt netted an impressive 6-of-8 from behind the three-point arc to help accumulate 19 points plus four boards.
Mikaela Rogers had a near double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
With just 48 hours to rest up, Husson is set to host the University of Maine-Fort Kent on Friday, December 14th at 5:30 p.m. During halftime, all of the Husson women's basketball 1000 point scorers will be recognized with a new banner revealed in Newman Gymnasium.