BANGOR, Maine - The #1 seeded Husson University women's basketball team defeated #4 Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 77-39, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship semifinal match-up on Friday evening inside Newman Gymnasium to advance to their fourth-straight NAC Championship Final.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Hornets took an early 4-0 lead before Emma Alley put the Eagles on the board with a made jump shot and two free throws by Kenzie Worcester tied the game at 4-4 with 7:03 left in the first quarter. The Eagles' offense remained hot for the rest of quarter as Husson rode a 13-6 run to take a 17-10 advantage after the first quarter. Worcester led all scorers with nine points.
Husson extended their lead to 16 off two made layups by Megan Peach, a jump shot by Alley and a three pointer by Worcester before Alisha Celley ended the Eagle run with a made layup with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Eagles closed out the second quarter on a 11-7 run to take a 35-19 led into the intermission. Worcester finished the first half with 13 points to lead all scorers, while Celley led the Hornets with six points.
Husson kept the pressure up coming out of intermission, outscoring NVU-Lyndon 42-20 in the second half. The Hornets kept it close, scoring 9 to the Eagles' 13 in the third period, but Husson ran away with 29 points in the final stanza, led by freshman Vanessa Duarte's ten-point-quarter.
- Logan Huckins recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds, while adding two assists.
- Worcester finished the game with 15 points, seven boards, and five assists.
- Megan Peach added eight points and grabbed a game-high 15 points.
- Alley contributed 12 points in the victory.
- Faith Poirier scored ten points with one steal.
- Celley recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. She also had a game-high four blocks.
- Lea Crompton had six points, four rebounds, and five assists.
This game mark the fourth time the Eagles and the Hornets have faced each other in the postseason and the first since the 2002-03 season.
The Eagles will host the winner of #2 Maine Maritime Academy and #3 SUNY Canton in the NAC Championship Game tomorrow inside Newman Gym. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.