BANGOR, Maine - The Husson Eagles (18-3, 14-1) hosted the visiting Spartans of Castleton (14-8, 12-3) Saturday afternoon at Newman Gymnasium in a match-up of NAC powerhouses.
Both teams brought a tough defensive mindset from the opening tip-off. The Eagles opened with a straight man-to-man defense while the Spartans countered with a combination of "man" and zone with the hopes of trying to contain Husson's strong offensive threat. The Eagles led 14-10 after the first quarter as Husson's Chandler Guerrette led all scorers with eight first quarter points.
The second quarter saw the same tough defense at both ends as the Eagles took a 29-24, halftime lead into the locker room. Guerrette led the Eagles with 12 first half points followed by Kenzie Worcester (9), then Darla Morales and Barrett Campbell chipped in four points apiece. The Spartans were led by Amanda Beatty's 14 first half points.
The second half began with both teams once again playing the same aggressive defensive style. The Spartans were able to outscore the Eagles 25-10 and led 49-44 at the close of the third quarter.
Both teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter. With 9.1 seconds remaining in the game Castleton's Abbie Lesure went to the line for a pair, scoring her only two points of the game to give the Spartans a four-point lead and "seal the deal" for a 59-54 victory on the road.
Husson outscored the Spartans 31-12 on "points off turnovers" and led by as many as 11 points during the second quarter. The lead also changed hands seven times. The Spartans shot 41% from the field to the Eagles 24% and outscored the Eagles 19-4 off the bench.
The Eagles were led by Guerrette's 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and Kenzie Worcester's 18 points and five rebounds. The Castleton State Spartans were led by junior forward Amanda Beatty's 24 points and six rebounds.
Coming up on Wednesday, February 15, the Eagles will travel to Thomas (Maine) for a 7:30 p.m. game.