BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University Women's basketball team opened their season at home with a commanding 77-50 win against St. Joseph's (Maine), ending a two game losing streak against their rivals.
Darla Morales of the Eagles led all players with 21 points, completing 5 of 9 three-point attempts. Kenzie Worcester had 19 points for the Eagles, and Chandler Guerrette led the Eagles and all players with 8 assists. Anna McKenzie and Maegan True led the Eagles' stout defense with 7 and 6 total rebounds, respectively. For St. Joes, Regan McFerran led in total points, 11, and total rebounds, 6.
Denae Johnson opened the scoring for the Eagles with a layup following an offensive rebound. The Eagles would continue to capitalize on offensive rebounds throughout the game, topping St. Joe's 25-10 in that category. Kenzie Worcester also started strong for the Eagles, scoring 11 of her 19 points in the 1st quarter. On top of a dominant offensive performance in the 1st quarter, the Eagles' defense pressured St. Joe's into several turnovers. St. Joe's was limited to scoring mostly from the free throw line, and the Eagles ended the 1st quarter with a 15-point lead.
St. Joe's came back into the game in the 2nd quarter, scoring 16 points, but the Eagles continued to out perform their opponents on offense, scoring another 22 points, ending the first half on top, 44-23. The Eagles converted an impressive 50% of their two-point attempts in the first half, and 33% of their three-point attempts.
Morales found her shot in the 2nd half, scoring 16 of her 21 points after the break, including 4 times from behind the arch. Guerrette also impressed in the 2nd half, forcing a number of turnovers and providing 6 of her 8 assists on the night.
St. Joe's proved more competitive in the 2nd half but were never able to erase their 1st half deficit, with Eagles closing out the game with a comfortable 77-50 victory. However, St. Joe's women still lead Husson's women 39-36 in the all-time series.
The Eagles will travel to University of Maine at Farmington on November 29, hoping to add to a strong start to the 2016-17 season.