Saturday's Game: No. 4 Maine Maritime Academy (20-7) vs. No. 3 Husson University (18-9), NAC Championship Game, 2:00 p.m., Glenbrook Gymnasium, Castleton, Vermont.
Series History: The Eagles hold a 19-14 all-time advantage over the Mariners.
Postseason History: The Mariners are 2-1 all-time against the Eagles in the NAC Tournament.
On February 24, 2004 the Eagles defeated the Mariners 66-48, at Husson. (NAC Quarterfinals)
On February 21, 2006 the Mariners defeated the Eagles 61-51, in Castine. (NAC Quarterfinals)
On February 29, 2008 the Mariners defeated the Eagles 57-43, at Castleton. (NAC Semifinals)
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University 69-61 on January 6, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth in the opening minutes, until the Eagles went on an 8-2 run to take a 11-6 lead. The Eagles held an 18-14 advantage after the first quarter.
Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) hit back-to-back three pointers to give the Mariners a 20-18 lead with 8:36 to play in the second quarter. The Mariners took a seven-point lead (29-22) following a three from Morgan Boudreau (Benton, Maine) but the Eagles fought back and the two teams entered halftime deadlocked at 31-31.
The Eagles went on a 10-2 run to open up the third quarter and took a 41-33 lead. The Mariners continued to battle and a layup from Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) at 2:52 tied the game up at 44-44. With 1:18 to play in the third, Felix hit another layup to give the Mariners a 49-48 lead, but Husson's Joan Overman made a free throw to tie the game up once against entering the forth quarter.
Husson outscored the Mariners 10-4 to take a 59-52 lead with 3:31 to play in the fourth, and hung on to claim the 69-62 victory.
Felix led the Mariners with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while also adding two blocks and an assist. Ogden also added 16 points, four rebounds, three assists a steal and a block.
Kenzie Worcester scored a game-high 36 points, going 20-of-23 from the line, while adding six rebounds, two assists and a block. Sami Ireland contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The Eagles shot 36.2 percent from the floor while the Mariners shot 34.6 percent. Husson held a 41-31 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fought back from an 11-point deficit to upset the top-seeded Castleton University, 57-49 on Friday night in the North Atlantic Conference Semifinals inside of Glenbrook Gymnasium.
The two teams fought back-and-forth in the first quarter, but the Spartans hit three pointers on their final two possessions to take a 19-15 advantage into the second quarter.
Castleton scored seven-unanswered points to open up the second quarter, and took an 11-point lead into the final 2:23 of the half. The Mariners fought back and scored seven-unanswered points of their own, to cut the deficit to 26-22 entering halftime.
Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) hit a jumper and Alayne Felix made a pair from the line to tie the game at 26-26 early in the third quarter, and the two teams exchanged the lead, until the Spartans went on a six-point run to take a 36-30 lead at 2:46. The Mariners scored five-unanswered points to close out the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter down by one (36-35).
The Mariners outscored the Spartans 22-13 in the fourth quarter, using a six-point run sparked by a layup from Felix at 3:27, to take a 46-40 lead with 2:10 to play. The Spartans closed the gap to five points, but the Mariners went 9-for-10 from the line in the final minute to secure the victory.
Felix scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Mariners, while also recording seven rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks. Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) tallied 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist, while Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) chipped in with eight points, three steals, two rebounds, an assist and a block and Melinda Ogden also pulled down seven rebounds, while adding four points, one assist and one steal.
Makayla Farrara led the Spartans with 14 points, two rebounds and an assist, Brooke Raiche added nine points, one assist and one steal, and Emilee Bose added six rebounds and three points.
The Mariners shot 40.8 percent from the floor, while the Spartans shot 38.5 percent. Maine Maritime held a 32-30 edge in rebounds. The victory is the first for the Mariners over Castleton since February 19, 2010.
Husson University's Last Game: Husson University held on to defeat second seed Colby-Sawyer College, 54-49, Friday night in the second semifinal of the 2018 North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.
Colby-Sawyer opened an 8-2 lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter, but Husson quickly responded with an 8-1 scoring run, capped by an offensive rebound and putback by Megan Peach that gave the Eagles a 10-9 lead. The Chargers answered with a three-pointer from Alli Barrett to retake the lead at 12-10 after the first quarter.
After Tianna Sugars made two free throws to open the second quarter, Husson put together a 10-0 scoring run over a three-minute span, with Jordan Butler making two three-pointers during the stretch. A jumper by Anna MacKenzie extended the Husson lead to 24-16, but the Chargers scored the final six points of the quarter to close their deficit to 24-22 at halftime.
Emma Alley opened the second half with a three-pointer for the Eagles, but Colby-Sawyer scored six unanswered points, with a layup by Mackenzie Buzzell putting the Chargers on top, 28-27. That lead did not last long, as Butler converted a traditional three-point play and Sami Ireland scored four straight points to give Husson a 34-28 advantage with 3:19 remaining in the third quarter.
The Chargers closed to within two, but Husson responded again, as Kenzie Worcester scored five straight points to extend the Eagle lead to 39-32. Lexie Hamilton made a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to bring Colby-Sawyer within four at 39-35.
Hamilton hit two three-pointers and a jumper, plus she assisted on two layups by Sugars, as Colby-Sawyer opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 scoring run to go ahead, 47-41, with 6:13 left in the quarter. Husson responded, scoring the final 11 points of the game, with Worcester contributing the last six points, to earn the victory.
Butler led the Eagles in scoring with 17 points, plus she collected four rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots, while Worcester finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. As a team, Husson shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the field, including 7-of-17 from behind the three-point line, and 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from the free throw line.
Hamilton earned 19 points and six assists for the Chargers, and Sugars notched a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds. Emmani Robinson also pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with eight points, but Colby-Sawyer made just 29.7 percent (19-of-64) of its field goal attempts and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) of its free throw chances.
Colby-Sawyer won the rebounding battle, 47-43, including 16 offensive boards, plus the Chargers scored 13 points off 16 Husson turnovers.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 64.1 points, 41.3 rebounds and 16.1 assists per game. The team is shooting 40 percent from the floor, 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 65.1 percent from the free throw line.
The Eagles: Kenzie Worcester leads the Eagles with 18.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. Sami Ireland leads the team with 6.3 rebounds and one block per game.
As a team the Eagles are averaging 66.2 points, 42.0 rebounds and 14.6 assists per game. The team is shooting 38.2 percent from the floor, 29.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line.
Tickets: Admission will be charged - $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. Children under 12 are free.
2018 NAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start dates/times are subject to change
Championship • Saturday, February 24 (at Castleton)
No. 3 Husson vs. No. 4 Maine Maritime - 2:00 p.m.