NAPLES, Fla. - The Husson University women's basketball team (4-5) outscored Hamline University (6-3), 25-17, in the final frame but Husson couldn't complete the comeback as the Pipers defeated the Eagles, 61-53, in the Naples Shootout at The Community School of Naples on Sunday night.
IN THE ACTION:
It was a rough start for the Eagles as they trailed the Pipers, 30-14, at the half. Bailey Donovan led Husson with five points, all scored in the first quarter, and eight rebounds.
The Eagles kept up with the Pipers in the third quarter as each team recorded 14 points triggering an Eagle comeback attempt in the fourth quarter.
Husson began closing the gap early in the fourth quarter as Donovan converted a layup followed by one of three Cassie Urso buckets from downtown for a quick 5-0 run in the opening minute of the quarter. The Pipers responded with back-to-back layups before Urso hit her second three-pointer with ease. Back-to-back threes from Sydney Allen and Urso, yet again, followed by a layup from Donovan helped ignite another brief 8-0 run for the Green and Gold to cut the Pipers' lead to seven with 4:39 left in regulation. After the teams exchanged jumpers; Allen made her second three of the quarter to get the lead down to just six points with just over a minute to play. Unfortunately, that would be the closest the Eagles would get as Hamline went 4-4 from the free throw line to help seal the 61-53 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Donovan led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, completing a double-double with 14 rebounds including nine defensive boards. She also recorded three blocks and three steals in 27 minutes of action.
Both teams turned the ball over 16 times as the Pipers outscored the Eagles, 19-11, off of turnovers.
Reilly Geistfeld led the Pipers with a double-double as she scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds with 11 of them being defensive. She caused two turnovers and blocked three shots in 28 minutes played.
Donovan and Urso helped the Eagles outscore the Pipers, 29-20, in bench points.
Urso led the comeback charge in the fourth quarter as she played all ten minutes and hit 3-4 from behind the arc for nine points.
The Eagles have a quick turnaround as they close out competition in the Naples Shootout tournament on Monday, December 30th, at 12:30 p.m. as they face the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils at The Community School of Naples in Florida.