WALTHAM, Mass. - Husson women's basketball team (0-1) lost a back-and-forth regular season opener to Western Connecticut State (2-1), 95-92, in the opening round of the Brandeis Invitational.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Colonials outscored the Eagles, 23-18, in the first quarter. The Colonials closed out the quarter on a 11-6 run in the final three minutes as Jancy Sherwood led the charge with six points. Barrett Campbell led the Eagles with five points while Kenzie Worcester had four points.
The Eagles outscored the Colonials, 33-15 in the second as they took a 51-38 lead into halftime. Husson started out the first half of the quarter on a 17-3 run as Sami Ireland and Worcester each had six points during the run. Worcester and Ireland shot a perfect nine-for-nine from the field in the quarter as Worcester had 11 points while Ireland had nine points. Vanessa Duarte pulled down five rebounds in the quarter. Frances Snyder led the Colonials with five points in the quarter.
The Colonials outscored the Eagles, 34-17, in the third quarter. WestConn with a 11-0 run late in the quarter as the took the lead for the first time since early in the second at 68-64. Sherwood led the quarter for the Colonials with nine points, Snyder had seven points, and Genesis Torres with six points. Joan Overman led the Eagles with six points while Emily Wheaton had five points. Western Connecticut State took a 72-68 lead into the fourth.
The Eagles outscored the Colonials, 24-23, as the fourth quarter well represented the game as both teams continued to go back-and-forth. The Colonials took their largest lead of the quarter with 6:24 reamining, 79-72, before Worcester hit a big three to spark a Eagle run 13 seconds later. An Ireland layup with 3:28 left tied the game at 85, capping off the Eagles 13-6 run. Both teams trade baskets back-for-forth until the Eagles broke a 90-90 tie with forty-six seconds left to play on two Emma Alley maded free throws. The lead didn't last long as Sherwood was fouled in the process of taking a three and made all three of her free throws as the WestConn regained the advantage for good, 93-92, with forty seconds remaining on the scoreboard. The Eagles had two chances to tie the game, and both times, the Eagles' shots wouldn't fall through. Hannah Magini closed out the scoring with a pair of free throws to clinch the 95-92 victory. Worcester led the Eagles in scoring in the quarter with 11 points while Ireland had seven points and five rebounds.
LEADERS – HUSSON:
- Worcester lead all scorers with game-high 30 points off 11-of-14 shooting from the field, including 2-of-2 behind the arc, and 6-of-6 at the charity stripe.
- Ireland played 21 minutes, had 18 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
- Overman played 24 minutes, had eight points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
- Wheaton and Campbell each had nine points off the bench.
LEADERS – WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE:
- Sherwood had 21 points.
- Snyder added 18 points.
- Torres finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
The Eagles shot 50% (31-62) from the field while the Colonials shot 35.7% (30-84). The game was tied six times and there was 11 lead changes.
Tonight's meeting was the first meeting between WestConn and the Eagles since the 1989-90 season and the all-time series is now tied at 1-1.
The Eagles will take on Rivier University in the consolation match of the invitational on Saturday, November 17th at 12 p.m. This game marks the first-match between the Raiders and the Eagles since the 2002-03 season.