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.
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.