PRESQUE ISLE, Maine – The Husson women's basketball squad (6-5, 3-0 NAC) picked up their third North Atlantic Conference victory on Friday evening in the first of two matchups on the road to the University of Maine at Presque Isle (5-5, 1-2 NAC) this weekend with the final score capping off at 67-48.
Following a scoreless opening two and a half minutes, Kenzie Worcester put the Eagles on the board first. After a jumper by UMPI's Marissa Reagle to even the score, Husson reclaimed the lead and held onto it just a few minutes into the second quarter after the Owls found their second wind as Rhylee Wright commandeered a 6-0 run in the first three minutes to once again tie the score 15-15. Neck-and-neck over the next couple minutes, the Eagles drained back-to-back 3-pointers off the hands of Worcester and Vanessa Duarte to push away and finished out the half with a comfortable 33-23 leg up.
Over the course of five minutes throughout the third quarter, UMPI brought the pressure on Husson to bring in a 12-5 run, bringing the score within five points with Husson up 40-35 and less than five minutes remaining until the final quarter. As the two teams advanced into the final quarter, the Eagles held the Owls at arm's length, not even allowing them to come within ten points after Duarte sunk yet another three in the opening seconds. In just 13 minutes of playing time in the second half, Duarte recorded 11 points to help Husson capture the 67-48 victory.
Netting a career-high 16 points, Vanessa Duarte helped pave the way towards a victory for the Eagles, shooting 4-6 from the 3-point arc.
Worcester continued to lead her team on the scoreboard with 20 points, nine boards, seven assists, and three steals.
Megan Peach chipped in ten rebounds, eight points, and three steals.
Rhylee Wright fell just short of a double-double with a combined nine boards and 19 points, while also pitching up three blocks.
Marissa Reagle grabbed four steals, dished out six assists, and contributed six points.
Hunter Mercier was the only other Owl netting double digits with 12 points to go with six boards.
The battle of the birds continues as the Eagles hang out in Presque Isle tonight to take on the Owls for back-to-back NAC matchups with tip-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th.