PORTLAND, Maine – Women's basketball began 2017 with a dominant 83-61 win over the University of Southern Maine (USM).
Senior Darla Morales led all players with 23 points, including nine points from beyond the arc. Seniors Denae Johnson and Chandler Guerrette finished with double-digit points, as well, with 17 and 11, respectively. Johnson, Junior Anna MacKenzie, and Freshman Sami Ireland all finished the match with seven total rebounds, highlighting Husson's strong defensive play. Johnson also had six steals on the night, capping a fine all-around performance. For the Huskies, Emily Nicholson finished with 20 points, Jackie Luckhardt had 13 points to go along with five assists, and Miranda Nicely led all players with nine total rebounds.
The Eagles found themselves behind early in the 1st quarter, but that deficit didn't last long as they went on a quick 13-0 scoring spree, with five different players chipping in baskets. Freshman Sarah Bragg finished the 1st quarter off with a two-pointer, and the Eagles headed into the 2nd quarter with a 29-17 lead.
Both teams battled through a scrappy 2nd quarter – the Eagles just outscoring the Huskies 13-10 in the quarter. With a 42-27 lead going into the 2nd half, the Eagles came out of the break shooting, extending their lead to 63-46.
Husson added 20 more points in the 4th quarter, including eight points from Freshman Sami Ireland. The Huskies tried to keep pace, adding 15 points of their own, but they couldn't match the Eagles' shooting consistency, which saw Husson complete 47.8% of their shots from the floor compared to USM's 32.4% accuracy.
The Eagles continue their season at home with a conference matchup against Maine-Maritime, on Saturday, January 4, at 3:00pm. The Husson Women are 4-0 in the conference and top of the table.