BANGOR, Maine - The Husson University women's basketball team (10-8, 8-3 NAC) defeated top-seeded Castleton (14-3,10-1 NAC), 81-77, in their second overtime game this week. The Eagles completed 23 free throws to help secure the win in the Newman Gymnasium on Friday evening.
The Eagles started off strong and grabbed a 12-10 lead in the first quarter. After back and forth baskets by both teams, Husson held onto their advantage, 22-21, going into the locker room. In the first half of the game, the largest lead was only four points, once by Husson and once by Castleton.
In the beginning minutes of the third quarter, Husson went on a 15-0 run to give them a 43-25 lead over their opponent. The Spartans offense struggled to find their groove for the remainder of the third while the Eagles stood strong with a 48-34 lead going into the final quarter.
After taking a 16 point lead early in the quarter, Husson struggled defensively while the Spartans offense came alive. With 2:35 remaining in regulation, a layup by senior Amanda Beatty would minimize the Husson lead to just four points.
In the last 27 seconds of the game, two free throws and a 3-point shot by senior guard Makayla Farrara tied the game, 61-61, forcing the first of two overtime periods.
The Eagles took an early five point lead but strong defense by both teams made scoring limited. Another late 3-point shot by Farrara tied the game, 67-67, forcing another the second overtime period.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 75-67 lead but a three-pointer and jump shot by the Spartan offense brought the game within four points with 23 seconds left. Castleton's nine fouls in the final overtime hurt as Husson completed 10 free throws to help secure their 81-77 win. Husson handed the Spartans their first conference loss on the 2017-18 season.
LEADERS - HUSSON:
Junior guard Kenzie Worcester tallied a game high of 32 points, nine rebounds and went 10-13 from the charity strip.
Sophomore center Sami Ireland added 18 points and three rebounds.
Freshman guard Emma Alley contributed 10 points, four steals and three rebounds.
Senior Beatty recorded 25 points, four rebounds, two steals and shot 13-17 from the charity strip.
Senior guard Farrara contributed 24 points, four rebounds, two assists and shot 100% from the free throw line.
Senior guard Ashlie Fay tallied nine assists, four rebounds, four steals and two points.
Husson edged the Spartans in points off turnovers (23-21) and three-point shots (40%, 23.5) while Castleton held the advantage in rebounds (46-38).
The Eagles look to get a good night's rest as they host Green Mountain College tomorrow, Saturday Jan 27 with a 1:00 p.m. Tip-off for another conference matchup.