Tuesday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (17-6, 11-2 NAC) vs. Husson University (17-7, 13-0 NAC), 7:30 pm, Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Eagles hold a 21-14 all-time advantage over the Mariners, including a 9-7 record when playing in Castine.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University 47-38, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on January 11, inside of Newman Gymnasium.
The Mariners held a narrow 6-4 advantage after a defensive first quarter. The Mariners struggled from the floor in the second quarter, and the Eagles outscored the visitors 17-6 to take a 21-12 lead into halftime.
The Mariners scored 10-unanswered points in the third quarter to close the gap to 25-22, but the Eagles were hot from three-point land in the final quarter, going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, to hang on for the victory.
Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with 12 points, six assists, four rebounds and a steal, while Joan Overman tallied a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and an assist. Megan Peach added 11 rebounds, four points, four blocks and two steals.
The Mariners shot 24.1 percent from the floor, while the Eagles shot 32.7 percent. Maine Maritime held a 41-39 advantage in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball secured the season sweep over Thomas College with a 59-39 win on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
The Terriers held a narrow 16-14 lead after the first quarter but the Mariners held the hosts to just five points in the second quarter and four points in the third quarter and sailed to the victory.
Alayne Felix led the Mariners with a game-high 15 points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
Molly Horton led the Terriers with 12 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal.
The Mariners shot 38.9 percent from the floor while the Terriers shot 31.1 percent on the evening. Maine Maritime held a 35-32 edge in rebounds.
Husson University's Last Game: The Husson Eagles picked up a 70-47, victory over the University of Maine at Farmington Beavers on Saturday in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
Both teams played well defensively in the first quarter, as each team only scored ten points. After trading buckets for the first few minutes, the game hit an offensive snag, and neither team was able to score for over five minutes of play. The Eagles had a 6-minute and 17-second scoring drought, until Kenzie Worcester knocked down a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to play in the quarter. At the end of one, the score was even, 10-10.
The Eagles were able to take a lead early in the second quarter, after five quick points from Sydney Allen. Both teams traded buckets throughout the quarter, but with late three-pointers from both Emma Alley and Braylee Wildman, Husson went into the halftime locker room with an eight-point lead, 32-24.
It was still even throughout the third quarter, but the story of this game will be the lack of fourth quarter offense generated by the Beavers. The Eagles played well offensively in the third quarter, but UMaine-Farmington was able to keep the game close. The Beavers cut the lead all the way down to three points, but late free throws from Worcester and Nicole Tapparo helped cushion the Husson advantage heading into the fourth, 51-45.
Husson dominated on the defensive end of the floor, as the Beavers only scored a mere two points in the quarter. As a result, the Eagles took off running and never looked back. Megan Peach was a force in the paint during the fourth quarter, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds. The Eagles end up winning by 23-points, the final score, 70-47.
Worcester led the Eagles in scoring with 18 points. She also added four rebounds, four assists, and six steals. Peach finished two points shy of a double-double, with eight points and ten rebounds. Joan Overman added nine points, alongside seven rebounds. Logan Huckins and Vanessa Duarte both had eight points, and made two 3-pointers in the win.
McKenna Brodeur scored a game-high 22 points in the loss for the Beavers. Molly Folsom had a solid performance off the bench, finishing with 12 points and five rebounds. Morgan Crocker added six points for Farmington, as well as two rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
The Mariners: After 23 games the Mariners average 61.4 points, 42.3 rebounds and 12.7 assists per game, while shooting 38.4 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent from behind the arc and 65.9 percent from the line.
Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 14.4 points, Lauren Plissey averages a team-best 5.6 rebounds per game and Megan McLean averages a team-best 2.4 assists per game. Both McLean and Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) lead the Mariners with 1.3 steals per game.
The Eagles: After 24 games the Eagles average 64.3 points, 42.9 rebounds and 14.2 assists per game, while shooting 38.3 percent from the floor, 31.5 percent from three-point land and 65.0 percent from the line.
Kenzie Worcester leads the Eagles with 18.7 points, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game and Megan Peach leads the team with 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.