New Paltz, N.Y. - The Husson women's basketball team (19-9) battled SUNY New Paltz (25-3) to a 69-50 loss in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball national championship tournament on Friday night.
New Paltz jumped out to a 7-0 lead before a Megan Peach three-pointer cut the deficit to four. The Eagles remained within a couple buckets of the Hawks until the final two mintues of the opening frame, they began to pull away as Husson went into the break down twelve (34-22).
Bailey Donovan quickly drained a layup to break open the scoring in the third quater to cut the deficit to ten, but New Paltz scored the next seven points to stretch the lead to seventeen at the first media timeout in the second half. The Eagles clawed back within ten points at the end of the third quarter on a Sydney Allen three, but the Hawks' lead was too much to overcome and the hosts won, 69-50.
Donovan led the Eagles with eight points (3-for-6) and seven rebounds. Peach scored five points and collected a game-high nine rebounds. Sydney Allen scored eight points while grabbing five rebounds. Emma Alley and Joan Overman combined for 14 points.
Marion Dietz led all scorers with 15 points for the Hawks.
The Eagles finish the year 19-9 after an undefeated season (14-0) in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action. Husson won their fifth-consecutive NAC championship, 70-60, over UMaine-Farmington, on their home court February 29th. SUNY New Paltz will advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.