HENNIKER, N.H. – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball held on for a 59-55 victory over New England College on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Bridges Gymnasium.
With the victory the Mariners improve to 13-7 on the season and 9-5 in the conference, while the Pilgrims drop to 12-9 overall and 7-7 in conference play. Maine Maritime will return to action on Tuesday, February 6 when they host UMaine-Presque Isle for a non-conference matchup at 5:30 pm.
The Mariners scored 13-unanswered points early in the first quarter to take a 17-8 lead into the second quarter.
New England College scored four-straight to open up the second quarter and closed the Mariners' lead to five (17-12). Samantha Mason (Lamoine, Maine) made a layup with 2:13 to go in the half to extend Maine Maritime's lead to 10, but the Pilgrims hit a shot to close the gap to eight (28-20) entering halftime.
Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.), Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) and Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) sank threes on three-consecutive Maine Maritime possessions to build a 39-22 lead in the third quarter. The Mariners led by double-digits for the rest of the quarter and entered the final 10 minutes with a 50-35 lead.
The Pilgrims clawed their way back into the game, scoring 15-unswered points to start the fourth quarter and tied the game at 50-50 with 6:10 to play. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth until Felix made a layup with 1:55 to play and the Mariners pulled down a pair of crucial defensive rebounds and went 3-of-4 from the line in the final seconds to take the 59-55 victory.
Felix led the Mariners with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block and teammate Ogden added 15 points, three assists, two steals and a rebound.
Rene Hudson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Pilgrims, while also adding five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Maine Maritime shot 45.1 percent from the floor, while the Pilgrims shot 36.4 percent. New England College shot 58.3 percent from three-point land, while the Mariners only shot 46.2 percent and the Pilgrims held a 37-32 edge in rebounds.