CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball picked up a 63-55 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) victory over New England College on Friday night inside of Smith Gymnasium.
With the victory the Mariners improve to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in the NAC, while the Pilgrims slip to 8-4 on the season and 4-2 in the conference. Maine Maritime will return to action tomorrow at 1:00 pm when they host Colby-Sawyer College for a NAC matchup.
Maine Maritime and New England College exchanged the lead five times in the opening quarter, but the Mariners took a narrow 12-10 lead into the second quarter.
The Mariners began to pull away in the second quarter and went on an 8-4 run to take a 27-19 lead into halftime.
Maine Maritime's Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y) led all players in the first half with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Daleia Boutwell led New England College with six points.
The Pilgrims went on an eight-point run to open up the third quarter and tied the game at 27-27 and the two teams exchanged baskets to make it 29-29 at 7:14. The Mariners responded with a 10-point run to take a 39-29 lead. New England College closed the gap to 42-38 but the Mariners used a six-point run to retake a 10-point advantage and went on to take a 50-39 lead into the fourth quarter.
New England College outscored the Mariners 16-13 in the fourth quarter but the Mariners went a perfect 4-for-4 from the line in the final minutes to claim the 63-55 victory.
Felix tallied a double-double, tallying a game-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, while also contributing six assists, three steals and a block. Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) added 14 points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal while Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) chipped in with 12 points, three assists, a rebound and a steal.
Rene Hudson led the Pilgrims with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals, Jada Black added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists and Boutwell ended the evening with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
The Pilgrims shot 38.5 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 32.8 percent but the Mariners held a 43-39 edge in rebounds.