BANGOR, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University, 58-51 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship game on Saturday afternoon inside of Newman Gymnasium.
How it Happened: The Mariners jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the first quarter and led by six-points midway through, but the Eagles fought back to close the gap to 11-8 entering the second quarter.
Husson held the Mariners to just six points in the second and third quarters and entered the final 10 minutes with a 36-23 advantage.
Morgan Boudreau (Benton, Maine) hit a three to open up the fourth quarter and cut Husson's lead to 10, but the Eagles used a three-point play from Megan Peach to retake the 13-point lead. Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored three-consecutive points to spark a five-point run for the Mariners, closing the gap to eight with 6:18 remaining. Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) hit a three with nine seconds left to make it 56-51, but the Eagles held on for the victory, going 7-for-10 from the line in the final minute.
Inside the Numbers: Felix led the Mariners with 13 points, two rebounds, an assist and steal, to earn All-Tournament honors.
McLean added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists to also grab an All-Tournament nod and Lauren Plissey (Hermon, Maine) finished just shy of a double-double with 11 points, eight rebounds, and two assists,
Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with a game-high 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals to grab Tournament MVP honors, while teammate Peach tallied a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three assists, three blocks and a steal and Vanessa Duarte added 14 points.
The Mariners struggled from the floor, shooting just 34.5 percent total and under 20 percent in the second and third quarters. The Eagles shot 31.1 percent from the floor overall, but outshot the Mariners 33.3 percent to 9.5 percent from behind the arc. Maine Maritime held a 40-38 edge in rebounds.
Up Next: The Mariners conclude their season at 19-7, while the Eagles improve to 19-8 and will advance to the NCAA Tournament.