LEWISTON, Maine - The Husson University women's basketball team (1-2) was defeated by the Bates College Bobcats (1-2) by the final score of, 59-51, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
For the third-straight game to open the season, Sami Ireland netted the first points for the Eagles. Joan Overman extended the lead to 4-0 Eagles before the Bobcats went on a 7-0 run to take the lead midway through the first quarter. The Eagles tied the game as Megan Peach converted on a layup followed by Bailey Donovan securing a free throw to tie the game at seven. Bates closed out the quarter on a 6-2 run for a 13-9 lead after ten minutes.
Bates opened the second quarter on an 11-2 run, before Husson was able to cut the lead down to 11 just minutes until halftime. Bates ended the quarter with a 34-20 advantage at the break. Both teams sent up 28 shots in the first half from the field, but Bates hit net more consistently.
The Eagles outscored the Bobcats, 31-25, in the second half as they attempted a comeback. Husson saw six different players score in the third quarter as they were able to cut Bates' lead down to 11. Heading into the final 10 minutes of the game, the Bobcats led 44-33. Husson rallied to start the fourth quarter of action, with 5:22 left in the contest, Overman made a pair of free throws, trimming the Bates lead to 46-42. Graff had the answer for Bates. Julia Middlebrook cut to the right elbow and kicked the ball to Graff in the right wing. Graff took one dribble to her left and launched a three, draining it to put Bates up 49-42 with 4:33 left in regulation.
Back-to-back layups from Peach and Emma Alley brought the Bates edge down to a mere two buckets, 49-46, with 3:32 left. Bobcat Ariana Dalie drove to the left elbow and found Graff all alone at the top of the key. She drained another three and Bates led 52-46 with 3:03 remaining.
With the lead at 54-50, Graff provided the final nail in the coffin of the Eagles with a long two from the corner out of a timeout, putting the Bobcats up six with 46 seconds to go in regulation as they continued to the final whistle with the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Donovan led the Eagles with nine points in the fourth quarter on 3-3 precision from both the field and the 3-3 from the charity stripe to add to her 14 points total points. She added on eight rebounds, including four in the final ten minutes.
- Graff's 18 points came on 7-12 shooting. She grabbed five rebounds, dished out a team-high four assists and recorded two steals.
- Dalia finished with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and three blocked shots for the Bobcats.
- First-year Brianna Gadaleta added nine points on 3-4 shooting, six rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench.
- The Eagles owned the paint as they outscored the Bobcats, 30-14, while also grabbing more rebounds, 42-39.
- Peach contributed eight points, eight rebounds, and six assists to the mix for the Eagles.
The Eagles continue their three-game in-state road trip on Saturday, November 23rd at 1:00 p.m. as they take on the Monks of Saint Joseph's College (Maine) at the Harold Alfond Center in Standish, Maine.