BANGOR, Maine – After swapping the lead four times in the final quarter, the match came down to precision from the free throw line in the final seconds. Colby-Sawyer (9-3, 5-1 NAC) edged Husson (6-6, 5-2 NAC) by one-point in the final 11.4 seconds to capture the close 54-53 win in the Newman Gymnasium on Friday evening.
Husson burst ahead after a slow start for both teams, grabbing an eight-point difference (12-4) in the first eight minutes of the night. Kenzie Worcester closed out the quarter on a high note appearing out of nowhere surprising the Chargers as she snatched a steal, then without hesitation drove to the basket connecting on a layup in the final 11 seconds of the opening quarter. Eagles led 19-12 as the first ten minutes came to a close.
Joan Overman helped the Eagles jump into an 11-point lead three different times throughout the second quarter, contributing half of Husson's points (seven) while shooting 3-3 from the charity stripe. Going into halftime, the Eagles held a 33-24 advantage over the Chargers while both teams displayed perfection from the free throw line (4-4).
With 3:53 remaining in the third quarter, the Chargers caught up with the Eagles for the first time since tip-off, tying up the game 39-39 on a jumper by Emmani Robinson. Under thirty seconds later, Worcester reclaimed Husson's lead draining a deep 3-pointer (42-39). Nearly tying up the score again, Jordyn Enos made the final basket of the third quarter just inches inside the arc missing out on that extra point to leave the score at 44-43, a one-point lead for the Eagles entering into the final ten minutes of regulation.
The Chargers captured their first lead of the night, 47-46, with 6:52 on the clock in the final quarter after Tianna Sugars drove to the basket for a layup. Sugars continued to dominate the floor connecting on four consecutive baskets for five points in the 60 seconds to follow.
Worcester helped give the Eagles the extra push in the final 37.5 seconds of the match, displaying complete composure on the free throw line as she sunk both baskets to reclaim a one-point lead over the Chargers, 53-52. Unfortunately, with just 11.4 seconds left, Sugars continued her precision from the charity stripe after drawing a foul as she went in for the layup to give Colby-Sawyer the one-point lead, 54-53, to close out the match.
LEADERS – HUSSON:
·Junior guard Worcester led all-scorers with 17 points, six assists, and shot 2-2 from the behind the arc
· Sophomore center Sami Ireland grabbed a game-high 15 boards while adding on six points
· Freshman guard Joan Overman snagged four steals, three assists, and nine points
· Freshman center Megan Peach contributed 10 points and came down with seven rebounds
LEADERS – Colby-Sawyer:
· Sophomore forward Sugars shot 9-12 from the free throw line while netting 15 points and grabbing nine boards
· Sophomore guard Lexie Hamilton took back an impressive eight steals while draining a team-high 16 points
· Senior forward Robinson picked up nine rebounds and six points
Husson edged the Huskies in rebounds (44-33) and assists (16-9) while Colby-Sawyer had the advantage in steals (16-9) and blocks (5-3).
The Eagles look to get a good night's rest as they host New England College tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 13 with a 1:00 p.m. tip-off for another conference matchup.