GORHAM, Maine – A second quarter rally for the Husson women's basketball team (9-6) completely turned the game around as they grasped a steady lead up to the final seconds when the Southern Maine Huskies (9-4) nearly made a last second comeback, but the Eagles stood strong defensively and captured the 65-62 non-conference victory on Monday night.
After a tied score of 4-4 with 7:51 on the clock in the opening quarter, the Huskies began to gradually tack on buckets faster than the Eagles as they jumped out to a 13-7 lead over the next three minutes. Husson brought the score back within a basket following a made jumper by Sydney Allen and Nicole Tapparo draining a pair from the free throw line to bring the score to 13-11. Despite a 3-pointer by Kenzie Worcester in the final minute of the first quarter, the Huskies held a five-point advantage, 20-15, with 30 minutes left to play.
Opening up the second quarter strong with and-one opportunities for both Tapparo and Megan Peach, the Eagles grabbed their first lead of the game, 21-20, not even three minutes into the quarter. Husson continued to push away as they held Southern Maine to a mere seven points while putting up 20 points on the quarter to grab a 35-27 advantage going into the second half.
Following a pair of threes by Huskies' Kimberly Howrigan and Jackie Luckhardt, Southern Maine began making a comeback just four points behind, 39-35, halfway through the quarter. Emma Alley and Worcester wasted no time at all to jump back to a nine-point lead, 49-40, off a pair of threes and seven points by Worcester on the quarter before a couple jumpers by Luckhardt and Michelle Rowe for the Huskies brought the score a little closer, 49-44, going into the final ten minutes of play.
Husson continued to display accuracy from behind the 3-point arc into the fourth quarter and following three Eagles taking a trip to the charity stripe, the Eagles extended their lead to 62-54 with 55 seconds remaining in regulation. With just five seconds left, Alexa Srolovitz drained a three to bring the Huskies just one point away from the Eagles, 63-62. A couple seconds later, Worcester found herself on the free throw line to secure the 65-62 win.
Worcester lit up the court netting 26 points while shooting 10-11 from the charity stripe and 4-6 from the 3-point arc. With 572 career field goals made and after dishing two assists, the senior becomes the NCAA era all-time leader in both stat categories with 302 career assists. She also has the second most career field goals made in program history.
Peach came up just shy of a double-double with nine points and a career-high 15 boards.
Joan Overman chipped in five points, seven rebounds, and grabbed four steals.
SOUTHERN MAINE LEADERS:
Luckhardt let her team on the scoreboard with 14 points, six steals, and three assists.
Howrigan added on 13 points and six boards.
Chantal Eells brought down 11 boards, seven points, and three steals.
The Husson women have a big weekend ahead of them as they host SUNY Canton for back-to-back conference matches on Friday, January 18th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. The Eagles will be wearing black socks with yellow ribbons during their game to help raise awareness for pediatric cancer on Friday night. In addition, the team is asking fans to donate toys/items such as Play-Doh, small Lego sets, sticker books, and children's band-aids with characters/designs on them for the Pediatric unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center.