WALTHAM, Mass. - Husson University women's basketball team (1-1) won in a dominant showing over the Rivier University Raiders (0-5), 83-63, in the in the consolation game of the Brandeis Invitational.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
First quarter was a great start on both ends for the eagles. The quarter began with a 12 to 5 run in the first three minutes by Husson with help from Sami Ireland, who had two straight baskets and layups by Vanessa Duarte and Joan Overman. From there the momentum was all Husson with Emily Wheaton and Sydney Allen both making three pointers to finish the quarter on a 32-16 lead.
The second quarter was more of the same with lots of great team defense and lots of ball movement for open shots. Plenty of three pointers flying with Emma Alley and Kenzie Worcester each getting one to start the quarter. Plenty of defense to go around with Husson forcing Rivier to commit 10 turnovers in the half and keeping them at 32% from the field with no three pointers made in four tries. Husson went on to an 12-2 run thanks to Nicole Tapparo with a layup and Worcester with a layup of her own to finish the half with a 49-29 lead with six players for Husson with five points or more a piece.
The second half was more of Husson maintaining their lead. Ireland continued her offensive magic by going 2-for-2 to continue her already 4-of-4 first half. Megan Peach had a nice layup with 2:32 remaining in the third. River however finished the quarter with a 7-0 run but the Eagles still kept the huge lead of 64-47.
The last quarter showed lots of ball movement for open shots including one possession where all five Eagles players touched the ball until eventually finding Logan Huckins for a three pointer. The rest of the game was more of the same as Husson picked up their first victory of the season.
LEADERS - HUSSON:
- Sami Ireland lead Husson in scoring and rebounds with a near double double, 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting with nine rebounds.
- Kenzie Worcester had 12 points with five rebounds, seven assists with a steal.
- Vanessa Duarte and Logan Huckins each had ten points.
LEADERS - RIVIER:
- Kaylee Kacavas lead all scorers with 24 points and had seven rebounds with two assists.
- Megan Hamel had a double double with 16 points and ten rebounds.
- Elizabeth Meehan had ten points, four rebounds and two assists.
Husson's defense was everywhere this game forcing Rivier to turn the ball over 17 times. The eagles scored 19 points on those 17 turnovers and kept Rivier to only 38% from the field and 20% from three. Husson had 21 assists as a team and shot 45% from the field and near 40% from three.
Husson is now 3-0 in the history of the series with Rivier University.
The Eagles will face Colby at Newman Gymnasium on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m.