Top-seeded Husson University advances to their fourth-straight Championship game, besting #4 Northern Vermont-Lyndon 77-39 in the first semifinal. Second-seeded Maine Maritime prevailed over No. 3 SUNY Canton 55-43 in the second semifinal to advance as well. The two teams meet for the title game tomorrow at 2:00 PM at Husson for a rematch. Husson won the 2018 championship, 76-58, over the Mariners.
The NAC Women's Basketball Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. The first round of the national tournament is March 1.
Quarterfinals • Saturday, February 16
No. 6 Thomas - 47 at No. 3 SUNY Canton - 78
No. 5 UMaine-Farmington - 42 at No. 4 NVU-Lyndon - 66
Semifinals • Friday, February 22 (at Husson)
No. 4 NVU-Lyndon - 39 at No. 1 Husson 77
No. 3 SUNY Canton - 43 at No. 2 Maine Maritime - 55
Championship • Saturday, February 23 (at Husson)
No. 1 Husson vs. No. 2 Maine Maritime - 2:00 PM
Semifinal 1: #1 Husson 77, #4 NVU-Lyndon 39
BANGOR, Maine - The #1 seeded Husson University women's basketball team defeated #4 Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 77-39, in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship semifinal match-up on Friday evening inside Newman Gymnasium to advance to their fourth-straight NAC Championship Final.
The Hornets took an early 4-0 lead before Emma Alley put the Eagles on the board with a made jump shot and two free throws by Kenzie Worcester tied the game at 4-4 with 7:03 left in the first quarter. The Eagles' offense remained hot for the rest of quarter as Husson rode a 13-6 run to take a 17-10 advantage after the first quarter. Worcester led all scorers with nine points.
Husson extended their lead to 16 off two made layups by Megan Peach, a jump shot by Alley and a three pointer by Worcester before Alisha Celley ended the Eagle run with a made layup with 7:09 remaining in the first half. The Eagles closed out the second quarter on a 11-7 run to take a 35-19 led into the intermission. Worcester finished the first half with 13 points to lead all scorers, while Celley led the Hornets with six points.
Husson kept the pressure up coming out of intermission, outscoring NVU-Lyndon 42-20 in the second half. The Hornets kept it close, scoring 9 to the Eagles' 13 in the third period, but Husson ran away with 29 points in the final stanza, led by freshman Vanessa Duarte's ten-point-quarter.
- Logan Huckins recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds, while adding two assists.
- Worcester finished the game with 15 points, seven boards, and five assists.
- Megan Peach added eight points and grabbed a game-high 15 points.
- Alley contributed 12 points in the victory.
- Faith Poirier scored ten points with one steal.
- Celley recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. She also had a game-high four blocks.
- Lea Crompton had six points, four rebounds, and five assists.
~Courtesy of Husson Sports Information
Semifinal 2: #2 Maine Maritime 55, #3 SUNY Canton 43
BANGOR, Maine – In the first ever postseason matchup between the #2 Maine Maritime Mariners (19-6) and the #3 SUNY Canton Kangaroos (12-14), the Mariners came out on top with a 55-43 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinal victory at Newman Gym.
The Mariners hit the court running as they grabbed an immediate five-point, 7-2, advantage in the opening minutes, but the Roos pushed right back. Off a Sade Rogers 3-pointer, SUNY Canton captured their first lead of the game, 9-8, with 4:03 left in the first quarter and continued to push away off a jumper by Antanasia Chambers. Their lead was short-lived as Melinda Ogden drained a quick three to even the score while sparking an 11-0 run into the second quarter putting the Mariners up 19-11.
Despite two consecutive trips to the charity stripe for the Roos to bring the score within a couple buckets, the Mariners secured a seven-point advantage going into halftime, 27-20. Ogden led all-scorers at the half as the only scorer hitting double-digits with 12.
Picking up where they left off, Maine Maritime kicked up the intensity a notch breaking out of the locker room on an 11-2 run over the next six minutes to cushion a 38-22 lead. The Mariners held the Roos at arm's length maintaining a double-digit separation to close out the final quarter with a 55-43 victory.
Maine Maritime Leaders:
- Ogden led all-scorers by the end of the night tucking away 15 points.
- Both Alayne Felix and Megan McLean brought in 13 points apiece for the Mariners.
- Helping out under the glass, Lauren Plissey grabbed 11 boards.
SUNY Canton Leaders:
- Leading the Roos on the scoreboard, Chambers netted 11 points and five steals.
- Breanna Cullers chipped in nine points and five boards.
- Off the bench, Billie Rivenburgh swooped in picking up six rebounds.
~Courtesy of Husson Sports Information