BOSTON, Mass. - The Husson University women's basketball team (0-1) fell to #20 St. John Fisher College (2-0) in their first-ever meeting, by the final score of, 69-59. The Eagles opened up their season facing a nationally ranked team in the WBCA Preseason Coaches Poll as they competed in the Emmanuel College Tip-Off Classic at the Jean Yawkey Center.
The Cardinals outscored the Eagles in the first quarter, 21-11 to set the tone. Both teams exchanged baskets to start the game as Sami Ireland scored the Eagles' first basket of the season. Following Ireland's layup, the Cardinals went on a 12-2 run as Ella Ecket opened up with two quick layups. Husson closed out the opening quarter with momentum as Sydney Allen hit a three-pointer just two seconds before time expired.
Ireland and Vanessa Duarte each netted six points as the Eagles outscored the Cardinals, 16-15, over the next ten-minute frame. St. John Fisher scored the first five points of the quarter, but the Eagles responded with a 9-2 run thanks to back-to-back jump shots by Ireland then a three-pointer by Duarte to leave Husson trailing 36-27 heading into the break.
Megan Peach led the offense in the third quarter draining eight of the Eagles' 17 points as they once again outscored the Cardinals by one point, 17-16. After falling behind 47-31 midway through the period, the Eagles rattled off ten straight unanswered points led by three buckets and a block from Peach to bring the score closer, 47-41.
In her first collegiate game, Bailey Donovan drained ten points in the final ten minutes to help cut the 52-44 advantage. Peach added six rebounds in the comeback effort, but the Cardinals were able to extend their lead back to 14 after Miranda Lynch hit a three-pointer. Husson was able to cut the lead back down to seven points as the Cardinals held the advantage from the free throw line to advance to the championship round of the tournament.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
· Donovan led the day with a game-high double-double, scoring 17 points and collecting 13 rebounds along with five blocks for the Eagles.
· The Cardinals were led by Lynch and Leah Koonmen who both tallied 14 points and combined for nine rebounds, four steals and an assist,
· Megan Peach also recorded a double-double for the Eagles, landing on 11 points and 11 rebounds, along with five assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Eagles converted 21 points off of turnovers to the Cardinals' 12. Husson's bench outscored St. John Fisher off the bench, 28-11, thanks to Donovan's 17 points.
On Sunday, November 17th, the Eagles will face the Bears of St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) in the consolation game of the tournament at 1:00 p.m. while the Cardinals will face the host Emmanuel College in the championship game at 3:00 p.m.