Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (5-4, NAC 2-2) vs. Husson University (4-5, NAC 3-1), 1:00 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Eagles hold a narrow 18-14 advantage against the Mariners, in a rivalry that dates back to 2003. The Mariners are 7-8 when hosting Husson.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Husson University 58-50 on December 2 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Newman Gymnasium.
Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) tallied her 1,000th career point, while tallying a double-double of 13 rebounds and 10 points.
The two teams were deadlocked at 13-13 following the first quarter, and the second quarter proved to be just as competitive with the two teams exchanging the lead back-and-forth until the Eagles took a narrow 29-27 advantage into halftime.
Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) led the Mariners with 12 points in the first half, while Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with nine points.
Worcester hit a layup to open up the third quarter, but Felix made a pair from the line and Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) splashed a three to give the Mariners a 32-31 lead. Ogden hit another three with 4:35 to go in the quarter to give the Mariners to a 40-35 lead and Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) added a point from the line to make it 41-35 at 3:13. The Eagles scored four-unanswered points to close out the quarter and cut Maine Maritime's lead to 43-42.
Amanda Holewiak (Somerset, Mass.) made a baskets for the Mariners to open up the fourth quarter, giving the Mariners a 47-42 advantage but the Eagles scored five-straight to tie the game with 6:31 remaining. Felix made a layup with 4:44 to go but the Eagles scored seven-straight to take a 54-49 lead and never looked back.
McLean led the Mariners with 15 points, four assists, a rebound, a steal and a block, while Ogden added six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Worcester led the Eagles with 21 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals and Emma Alley added 10 points, a rebound and an assist.
The Eagles shot 35.8 percent from the floor while the Mariners shot 23.2 percent, but the Mariners held a 54-31 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Western Connecticut State University 75-71, on December 30 in the championship game of the Hat City Tournament inside of Feldman Arena.
Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) hit back-to-back baskets to give the Mariners an early 4-0 lead, but the Colonials fought back as Asiah Knight made a layup and Frances Snyder hit the first of Western Connecticut's 12 three-pointers to make it 5-5. Alayne Felix hit two free throws to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead but Western Connecticut went on a 14-2 run to close out the first quarter and took a 19-8 lead.
The Mariners scored nine-unanswered points, led by six points from Felix, to cut the deficit to 22-19 with 5:31 to go in the second quarter. Layups from Felix and Amanda Holewiak cut the gap to 30-28 with 75 seconds remaining. The Colonials hit a three to extend the lead to five, and Mikayla Charters made a pair from the line to send the Mariners into halftime down by just three (33-30).
Western Connecticut came out strong in the third quarter, building a 40-30 lead at 6:13, but the Mariners continued to battle and put together a 10-point run, sparked by three-straight points from Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) to take a 43-42 lead with 1:24 to play in the third. The Colonials answered back and outscored the Mariners 8-4 to take a 50-47 advantage into the final quarter.
Kane splashed a three to open up the fourth quarter and tied the game at 50-50. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth a number of times until the Colonials used another 8-4 run in the final two minutes to take the 75-71 victory.
Felix, an All-Tournament selection, led Maine Maritime with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, and also added five assists, two steals and a block. Charters added a career-high 16 points, while adding six rebounds and six assists and Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists a steal and a block. Kane finished the evening with 10 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
Jancy Sherwood led the Colonials with 18 points, including five three-pointers, two steals, one rebound and one assist, and teammates Gabrielle Hurlbert and Snyder added eight points each.
The Mariners shot 48.1 percent from the floor, while the Colonials shot 27.5 percent. The Mariners held a 48-42 edge in rebounds.
Husson University's Last Game: Husson defeated the University of Southern Maine 76-63, on Wednesday night inside of Newman Gymnasium.
The Eagles took a 6-5 lead on the Huskies early in the first quarter as Emma Alley connected on a jump shot. Husson held onto the lead until the final seconds of the opening quarter when Southern Maine's Kristen Curley tied up the game, 14-14. Kenzie Worcester made a basket just as the buzzer went off to give the Eagles a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Sami Ireland scored six points in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 32-23 lead at halftime.
The Huskies tied up the game, 36-36, when Alexa Srolovitz netted a jumper in the paint. Curley added to the momentum scoring three consecutive baskets to give Southern Maine a 42-40 lead.
Alley sparked a run hitting a 3-pointer followed up with a jumper, to outscore the Huskies 14-2 in the final 3:38 of the third quarter.
Husson built their lead to a game-high of 16 points halfway through the final quarter and cruised to a 76-63 victory.
Ireland registered her second career double-double with a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Worcester contributed 22 points, shooting 10-12 from the line while dishing out five assists. Alley added 11 points, four steals and three assists,. Megan Peach was just one point and rebound shy of a double-double, chipping in nine points and nine boards
Husson edged the Huskies in rebounds (50-32) and steals (12-7) while Southern Maine had the advantage in 3-pointers (6-1).
As a team the Mariners are averaging 63.4 points, 45.6 rebounds and 16.3 assists per game. The team is shooting 39.6 percent from the floor, 25.9 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the free throw line.
The Eagles: Kenzie Worcester leads the Eagles with 18.3 points, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while Megan Peach leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per game each.
As a team the Eagles average 60.8 points, 40.6 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game. The team is shooting 36.8 percent from the floor, 24.2 percent from three-point land and 67.4 percent from the line.