BANGOR, Maine -- After being tied at the half, the Husson University women's basketball team (7-6, 6-2 NAC) defeated the New England College Pilgrims (6-6, 3-4 NAC), 70-53, on Saturday afternoon in the Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University.
Husson trailed 11-7, but a Barrett Campbell layup tied the game 11-11 with 5 minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Just two minutes later, the Eagles took their first lead of the afternoon, 15-13, with Kenzie Worcester free throws. The Eagles increased their lead to nine points in the final seconds of the first quarter.
New England College rallied in the opening minutes of the second quarter to regain the lead with just over five minutes left in the half. A three-point shot by senior Jordan Butler gave the Eagles their second lead of the game, 29-28, but was quickly overturned when the Pilgrims Rene Hudson completed a layup and free throw. After back-and-forth scoring, the Eagles and Pilgrims went into the locker room tied 35-35.
With 2:45 remaining in the third quarter, the Eagles took a 13 point lead with help from five different players. Worcester completed one layup, a free throw, and a deep three-pointer all within under a minute to give the Eagles a 49-36 lead. Each team added two more points, closing out the third quarter with Husson leading 51-38.
With 7:40 remaining in the contest, Sami Ireland stepped up her game by adding six quick points to give Husson their largest lead of the game 58-41. New England College continued to pick away but the 17 point deficit and Eagles strong offense was too much for the Pilgrims. The eagles surged ahead and outscored the Pilgrims 19-15 in the final quarter as they soared to a 70-53 victory.
Freshmen Megan Peach registered a double-double with 10 rebounds and 13 points, achieving her third double-double of her career.
Worcester tallied a game-high of 18 points, shot 5-8 on the charity strip while adding six rebounds and four steals.
Ireland contributed 15 points shooting 3-3 on the free throw line and adding nine rebounds, just one shy of a double-double.
LEADERS - New England College
Sophomore guard Rene Hudson contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore Jade Black added nine points and eight rebounds.
Freshmen center Anoushka Boastwain grabbed a game-high of 12 rebounds, contributed six points and shot 2-3 on the free throw line.
Husson edged the Pilgrims in assists (19-9), steals (16-6) and free-throw percentage (68.4% - 54.2%) while New England College had a 58-41 advantage in rebounds.
The Eagles will travel to Bowdoin College on Tuesday Jan. 16 with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off in a non-conference matchup.