Husson upends UMaine-Farmington women, 50-43

Husson upends UMaine-Farmington women, 50-43

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team jumped out to a fast start and a big lead, but Husson University clawed its way back and escaped Dearborn Gym on Tuesday night with a 50-43 North Atlantic Conference victory.

Husson snapped its four-game losing streak and improved to 4-6 overall, 3-2 in the NAC. UMaine-Farmington fell to 5-9 overall with the loss, 4-3 in conference play.

Chandler Guerrette paced the Eagles with a game-high 24 points, despite connecting on only eight of her 21 shot attempts, and recorded seven steals. Victoria McIntyre hauled down 12 rebounds to go with her eight points.

UMaine-Farmington's Lindsay Ranquist finished with a team-high 16 points, with Meghan Smith chipping in with eight points and a team-high seven boards. Holly Oliver handed out four assists.

The Beavers jumped out to a 13-2 lead by the 12:47 mark of the first half after a pair of Ayla Allen foul shots. Farmington's cause was helped along by plenty of early foul trouble for Husson, who quickly earned 10 fouls to UMF's none.

Husson outscored UMaine-Farmington over the remainder of the opening frame, and sent the teams into the locker room tied 20-20.

The second half saw seven ties and eight lead changes, with Husson finally pulling ahead for good, 45-42, on a Guerrette 3-pointer with 2:17 remaining.

Smith hit one of her two free throws at the other end of the floor to cut the margin to two points, but a McIntyre layup extended the Eagles' lead to 47-43.

UMaine-Farmington was held scoreless over the final two minutes, with Kathryn Brochu connecting on a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left in the game to ice the win.

UMaine-Farmington returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 18, when it hosts Thomas College, while Husson will host Colby-Sawyer College on Friday, Jan. 17.