CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University 69-61 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
With the loss the Mariners fall to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in the NAC, while the Eagles improve to 5-5 on the season and 4-1 in the conference. Maine Maritime returns to action on Tuesday night when they host Colby College for a non-conference matchup at 5:30 pm.
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.