|Husson University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Darla Morales (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) scored a game-high 23 points to lead three players in double figures as the Husson University Eagles defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 83-61 in a non-conference women’s basketball game Wednesday night at Fifield Court.
With the win, Husson improves to 7-1 on the season. Southern Maine suffers its fifth straight loss to drop to 2-10.
Morales was 9-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-5 from three-point range, to pace the Eagles who shot a solid 47.8 percent from the floor for the game. Senior Denae Johnson (Bangor, Maine) added 17 points and seven rebounds, including five offensive boards, and six steals, while senior Chandler Guerrette (Presque Isle, Maine) tossed in 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. Kenzie Worcester added nine points, four rebounds, four assists.
Southern Maine junior Emily Nicholson (Quispamisis, New Brunswick/Kennebecasis) led the Huskies with 20 points, knocking down five three-pointers. Freshman Jackie Luckhardt(Londonderry, N.H.) added 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots. Junior Miranda Nicely (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) added five points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Husson used a strong first quarter to build a double-digit lead and remained in front of the Huskies for the rest of the game en route to the win. Morales had nine of her 23 points in the first quarter, while Guerrette added seven. The Eagles shot 63.2 percent in the opening 10 minutes, while holding the Huskies to 5-of-15 from the floor. Southern Maine led the Eagles 11-9 with 5:25 left in the first quarter before Husson ran off a 13-1 spurt to create separation and lead 22-12 with 2:16 to play. Morales kick started the run with a jumper and capped it with a three.
Southern Maine kept pace with the Eagles in the ensuing three quarters, but was unable to over come its large first quarter deficit. Freshman Mychaela Harton (Georgia, Vermont/Essex) hit a jumper with 3:16 left in the second quarter to put USM behind Husson by 12, 37-15, but the Eagles’ Johnson responded with a traditional three-point play and then fed Morales for a layup to push the lead back to 17, 42-25, with 1:46 to play. USM’s Nicely scored the final basket of the half as the Huskies went into the locker room down 42-27 at the break.
From there USM was unable to get closer than 14 points the rest of the way as Husson continued its strong shooting performance.