JOHNSON, Vt. – Despite a determined effort by the Husson women on Saturday, the Eagles just barely fell short to Johnson State in the final minutes of the game, breaking the Eagles (17-1, 13-0 NAC) eleven game win streak this season, the Badgers (9-10, 6-7 NAC) came out on top with an 80-70 win.
The first quarter showed a tight battle ahead of the two teams as the squads swapped possession and command of the scoreboard back and forth. The score was all tied up three different times in the first five minutes, exchanging the lead until Chandler Guerrette hooked a 3-pointer for Husson to establish a steady lead of 24-19 going into the second quarter.
Both teams struggled with accuracy in the second quarter, failing to finish any shots until 7:31 on the clock when Guerrette was the first to break the scoreless spell stealing the ball from the Badgers, then driving down the court to make the layup. The action was short-lived as the game commenced yet another three scoreless minutes shattered by a jump shot by Ladona Quinn for Johnson State.
The Badgers nearly caught up with the Eagles in the final minute of the half as Ashlery Goddard sunk two baskets from the charity line followed by teammate, Sarah Voorhis, coming in for the layup bringing the Badgers just one point away 28-29. This close score did not bode well on the other side of the court, as Sami Ireland countered by scoring seven consecutive points for Husson in less than a minute.
Going into halftime, Ireland led both teams for the first time in points with eleven. Right behind her was Guerrette accumulating ten points and five rebounds. For the Badgers, Kasey DeGreenia was scooping up rebounds left and right with ten on the board already, along with her nine points.
The Johnson State women emerged from the locker room after half time with a new burst of energy, outscoring Husson 27-17 in the third quarter, assertively taking over the 57-53 lead. The Eagles quickly diminished the gap to pull ahead 58-57 in the first minute of the fourth quarter after a layup by Kenzie Worcester and 3-point jump shot by Darla Morales. The pressure was rising as the two teams battled back and forth on the scoreboard, drawing fouls all over the court with only minutes left in the game. The Badgers began separating themselves with a three-pointer by Goddard leaving the Eagles down 65-71 with 3:37 left on the clock. In the final minutes, Husson just couldn't quite catch up as Johnson State captured the win.
Throughout the game, the two teams were tied up six times and swapped the lead an astounding fourteen times. As a team, the Eagles scored nineteen points from the bench and shot an impressive 72.2% (13-of-18) from the charity line to the Badgers closely matched 77.8% (21-of-27).
Three players from Johnson State netted at least twenty points, DeGreenia with 26 points, Goddard with 21 points, and Domonique Carter-Stanley with 20 points. DeGreenia not only controlled the stats in baskets, but also posted a double-double bringing in 23 rebounds.
For the Eagles, Guerrette led her team with 21 points and seven rebounds. Worcester added on sixteen points to the mix while Ireland netted a new season high of fourteen points along with her four clean blocks. Maegan True also recorded a season high, snagging seven rebounds on the game.
The Eagles will have two days to recuperate before hosting a rescheduled snow game against Bowdoin on Tuesday, February 7th at 7pm. This will be the first time the women take on Bowdoin since last season.