FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington (11-13, 10-7) nearly completed an improbable comeback on Wednesday night but lost, 65-57, to Husson University (16-8, 14-3) in conference action at Dearborn Gymnasium.
Facing a 17-point deficit with three minutes remaining in the first half, UMF trailed at the break, 39-24, but slowly chipped away at the lead in the second half. The Beavers were on the cusp of narrowing the Husson lead to single digits for the first 15 minutes of the second half.
UMF finally came within nine points when Kennadi Grover scored two of her 12 second half points. Lindsay Ranquist sank a jumper in the lane on UMF's next possession to cut the lead to seven. After a missed Husson layup, Grover sank another layup and forced Husson to use a timeout to stop the momentum.
The Beavers' defense grabbed another defensive rebound but could not make a layup on the other end. After Husson's Victoria McIntyre sank one of two free throws, Lindsay Ranquist nailed a jumper as UMF only trailed, 59-55, with 2:11 left in the game.
Husson scored two quick buckets and UMF had to foul to stop the clock. The Eagles sank three out of four foul shots in an 18-second span to put the game out of reach for the Beavers.
Husson's Victoria McIntyre scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. UMF's Grover and Lindsay Ranquist led the Beavers with 14 points apiece. Grover shot 7-of-9 from the floor and gathered five rebounds. Lindsay Ranquist scored her 1,000th career point with a jump shot early in the second half. Ranquist becomes the 17th UMF women's basketball player to accomplish the feat.
UMaine-Farmington will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Maine Maritime Academy.