BANGOR, Maine – Remaining within seven points of each other throughout the entire 40-minute battle on the hardwood, the Husson women's basketball team (11-6, 7-0 NAC) finished on top, 49-47, over the SUNY Canton Kangaroos (5-12, 3-5 NAC) on Saturday afternoon helping the Eagles remain undefeated in North Atlantic Conference action.
The two teams swapped the lead four times throughout the first quarter, remaining within four points of the other as Husson captured the greatest lead, 14-10, with a minute left off a deep three by Sydney Allen to close out the opening frame. Kenzie Worcester drove in half of the Eagles' points with seven to hold onto the lead.
Breaking into the second quarter, both teams struggled on accuracy as the ball repetitively bounced off the rim or backboard into the defense's open arms. Despite a drained free throw by Megan Peach, the score never changed for nearly the first four minutes of the quarter. Five points later all by Autumn Watkins, the Roos were back even with the Eagles, 15-15. Husson clung onto a close lead, 21-20, to go into halftime.
A Watkins layup helped SUNY Canton grab the slight edge, 29-28, five minutes into the second half, but Worcester put Husson back on top, 30-29, less than 60 seconds as she broke through the paint. Clinging to the lead throughout the remaining four minutes of the quarter, Emma Alley drained two shots from the charity stripe with ease to help Husson advance into the final quarter up 36-33.
The fans were holding their breath as time ticked off the clock in the final quarter in such a closely matched game. Watkins pulled through for the Roos once again taking over the lead with a shot right under the basket, 37-36, and 9:02 left in the fourth. A three by Worcester and jumper from Joan Overman evened the score twice before Allen and Alley tucked away back-to-back threes that would close out scoring for Husson and secure the 49-47 win.
Worcester led the Eagles with 17 points, six assists, and four steals.
Alley added on 11 points and three assists.
Andrea Crosby helped out under the hoop with a career-high eight boards and two blocks in just ten minutes.
SUNY CANTON LEADERS:
Antanasia Chambers led all scorers with 19 points and three steals.
Billie Rivenburgh came up big under the basket with 11 boards.
Watkins chipped in 16 points.
The Eagles look to continue their successes in NAC play as they travel to Thomas College (Maine) for a game next Friday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m.