Bangor, ME - The Husson University men's and women's basketball teams will each host North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinal contests on Tuesday, with the women's team set to host the University of Maine-Farmington at 5:30 pm and the men to follow against Thomas College at approximately 7:30 pm.
The Husson women finished the 2011-12 regular season with a record of 15-10, going 15-3 in the NAC to take the #3 seed in the conference playoffs. Husson shot a collective 40% from the field and 35.2% from three point range in their 25 games. Four of the Eagle starters finished the year averaging double digits in the scoring column, led by senior forward Brianna Hanscom (Mattawamkeag, ME) who scored her 1,000th career point this season while tallying 13 per game along with 8.4 rebounds per game. Of late, the leading scorer for Husson has been junior guard Kelli Murray (Shawmut, ME) who averaged 11 points per game this season, but was scoring 15.7 in each of the last two weeks of the year. Senior point guard Amanda Gifford (Lee, ME) and sophomore forward Stephanie Comstock (Bangor, ME) alsto turned in ten points per game to help the Husson offense.
The Eagles will take on a UMF team they beat twice in 2011-12. In the first meeting on January 19th in Bangor, Husson took home the win by a score of 70-58. Hanscom led the Eagles with 14 points and seven boards, while Comstock was hot on her tails with 13 and six respectively. For the Beavers, senior guard Emma Morrison (Saco, ME) led all scorers with 16 points, ten of which came at the free throw line where she was a perfect 10-10. In the most recent meeting in Farmington just one week ago, Husson escaped with a 58-57 victory. Murray led Husson with 19 points and six rebounds, while Morrison again led all scorers, this time dropping 21 despite the loss.
For the men, Husson finished the season with a regualar season record of 14-11, going 13-5 in the NAC and entering the conference playoffs at the #4 seed. The Eagles found their stride after the new year, winning 13 of their 16 games in 2012. Husson has put together numerous different lineups this season, and has been rewarded with relatively even scoring as seven players averaged at least nine points per game this season. Junior center Marc Zaharchuk (Richmond, ME) has been a force inside, scoring 13 points per game and hauling in an average of 8.6 boards per contest throughout the year. Luis Medina (Hartford, CT) and Eric Modica (Kittery, ME) have been the catalysts to the team's revitalization, averaging 11 points per game a piece since joining the Husson team mid-way through the year. Junior captain Daeshawn McMorrin (Naugatuck, CT) has been the rock the team has formed around, scoring 10.7 per game while playing in every game for Husson this year.
Husson will host Thomas College in what is sure to be a heated contest between two extremely competitive teams. The Eagles won both meetings with the Terriers this season, first playing at home on January 10th, defeating Thomas by a score of 77-70. McMorrin led all scorers dropping 22 on the night to go with nine boards. He tied Zaharchuk for the lead in the rebound category, and the 6'10" center chipped in with 16 points of his own. For Thomas, Jarrad DeVaughn (Brockton, MA) led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds before he fouled out of the game, and Franklin Salvador (Somerville, MA) added 15 despite going 3-11 from behind the arc. In the second meeting not even two weeks later on January 21st, Husson was again victorious, this time by an 82-72 spread in Waterville. McMorrin was the leading scorer again for the Eagles, turning in a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Modica was also impressive scoring 15 while pulling down 15 boards. For the Terriers, the leading scorer was former Eagle Martin Cleveland (Portland, ME) who went 11-12 from the field, scoring a game-high 24 to go with 12 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Both games are sure to excite the crowd, many of which are to be wearing white as part of a White Out to support the host teams. Admission is free for Husson University and NESCom students, faculty and staff, as well as children under 12 and seniors over 55. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students with a valid photo id. As with all Husson home games, tonight's contest can be seen live online on the Husson portal. For the link and all other information pertaining to Eagles Athletics visit HussonEagles.com, check out our facebook page at facebook.com/HussonEagles or follow us on twitter @HussonEagles.