AMHERST, Mass. – Finishing out her career as an Eagle doing what she does best, senior Kenzie Worcester led all-scorers on the hardwood with 26 points as the Husson women's basketball team (19-9) concluded their season with a 66-45 loss at LeFrak Gymnasium against #5/#6 Amherst College (24-3) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament on Friday evening.
The defending national champions, Amherst will move on to the second round of NCAA's tomorrow as they host SUNY Geneseo (24-4) at LeFrak Gym for a 6:00 p.m. tipoff.
Barely a minute into the game, Worcester drove towards the basket drawing a foul for an and-one as she gave the Eagles an early 3-2 lead. Helping her team remain within a couple buckets from Amherst throughout the opening quarter, Worcester acquired all ten of Husson's first quarter points with the utmost precision from the charity stripe shooting 3-3. On the opposing end, Hannah Fox led the Mammoths with 14 points to a 21-10 edge advancing into the next frame.
Megan Peach found the basket first the Eagles in the second quarter, with a quick response to a Madeline Eck layup, Peach posted up and drove strong towards the hoop to bring the score to 25-12 with 8:44 on the clock. Mammoths' Fox and Eck continued to push away from the Eagles reaching a 20-point separation going into the break, 39-19.
After a visit to the free throw line by Worcester, Joan Overman, and Peach, the Eagles cut the deficit back within 20 points as Peach stepped up her shooting game, hitting a deep three with 3:56 left in the penultimate frame with Husson trailing 49-30.
Husson finished out the final quarter with a strong defensive force, holding the Mammoths to a mere four points as Worcester controlled the attack adding on eight more points on the night to outscore Amherst, 11-4 in the final ten minutes.
Shooting 8-9 from the charity stripe, Worcester was the heart of the Eagles leaving it all out on the court as she finished off her collegiate career with a whopping 26 points, seven rebounds, and two steals.
Achieving her ninth double-double of the season and the only one of the night, Peach snatched 12 boards paired with ten points and two blocks.
Overman chipped in seven boards and five points for the Eagles.
Fox was on fire behind the arc, hitting five 3-pointers to contribute to her 23 total points, four assists, and five rebounds on the night.
Eck added on 14 points and two blocks to the win.
Under the glass, Cam Hendricks scooped up nine rebounds and a block.