Smith sparks UMF offense in loss at Husson

Smith sparks UMF offense in loss at Husson

BANGOR, Maine -- Husson University's Chandler Guerrette scored a career high 30 points to lead Husson women's basketball past the University of Maine at Farmington, 88-78, in a North Atlantic Conference match-up on Wednesday night at Newman Gymnasium.

Husson improved to 13-11 overall, 12-5 in the NAC, with the win, while UMaine-Farmington dropped to 9-15, 8-9 in conference play.

Guerrette closed out the game with a team-high five assists and four steals. Rebecca Young and Victoria McIntyre each scored 12 points for the Eagles and Kathryn Brochu added 10. Denae Johnson had a team-leading seven rebounds.

Sophomore Meghan Smith was the leading scorer for UMaine-Farmington with 19 points on the night, with junior Lindsay Ranquist right behind her with 18. Sophomore Elizabeth Ferry scored 12 for the Beavers and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

For the first five minutes, the teams went basket-for-basket, with Farmington gaining a slight 14-9 advantage. At 16-16, the Eagles tied it up, and they did so again at 19-19. Two free throws from Guerrette got the Eagles the lead at 21-19. The teams stayed within a basket or two of each other for the remainder of the half and headed into the locker room with Husson leading, 45-42.

Husson jumped out to a 50-44 lead at the start of the second half before UMaine-Farmington fought back to 53-53. The teams kept it close again for the next few minutes, and then a string of free throws from McIntyre, Johnson, and McIntyre again put Husson up 67-60 with just under 10 minutes remaining.

A jumper from Brochu extended the Husson lead to nine, and another jumper from her kept it there at 71-62 after Farmington freshman Bridget Humphrey scored one of her own.

UMF closed the gap to five points off another Humphrey basket and got within three off a Smith jumper.

Husson's Guerrette sunk a big three to extend the Eagles' lead again. The Eagles hung on to the lead with some stellar team play and found themselves up 81-72 with two minutes left on the clock. UMF brought it within five points with just under a minute remaining, but were unable to close out the comeback bid.

UMaine-Farmington closes out the regular season when it hosts Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, Feb. 22. Husson will travel to Thomas College for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday.