Tuesday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (6-0) at #12/#16 Saint Joseph's College of Maine (6-0), 5:30 pm, Harold Alfond Center, Standish, Maine.
Series History: The Monks hold a 10-4 all-time advantage over the Mariners, including a 7-1 record when hosting. The Mariners' last victory over Saint Joe's came in 2007 (71-46) at home.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Saint Joseph's College of Maine 80-53 last season on November 15, 2017 at home.
The Mariners took their only lead of the game, 4-2, following layups from both Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Emily Melick (Sudbury, Mass.) but the Monks built up a five-point advantage following five-consecutive points from Julia Champagne. Maine Maritime battled back to tie the game at 11-11 after a good three from Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) and four-straight points from Chloe Smedley. Julia Quinn hit a three-pointer to send the Monks into the second quarter with a 20-16 lead.
The Monks led by as much as 13 late in the second quarter, and took a 10-point lead into the intermission.
Felix led the Mariners in the first half with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor and Champagne led the Monks with 13 points, including five points from the line.
St. Joseph's went on to lead by as much as 21 points in the third quarter and led by as much as 34 in the fourth quarter before the Mariners went on a seven-point run to close out the game. The Monks took the 80-53 victory.
Felix ended the evening with 16 points, shooting 7-for-10 from the floor, and pulled down five rebounds and tallied an assist. Melick contributed seven points, two assists and a rebound, while McLean added a team-high six assists, five rebounds, three points and a steal and Smedley added five points, five rebounds and two steals.
Champagne led five Monks in double-digit points with 19, she also added five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Kelsi McNamara added 17 points, a team-best six assists and a block, while Emily Benway contributed 16 points, five rebounds, a block and a steal and both Regan McFerran and Quinn added 10 points.
The Monks shot 51.7 percent from the floor, while the Mariners shot 39.2 percent.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball defeated NVU-Lyndon 55-45 on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Stannard Gymnasium.
Despite facing a 29-26 deficit at halftime, the Mariners held the Hornets to single-digits in the last two quarters to claim the victory.
Alayne Felix led Maine Maritime with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds and also contributed four assists, two steals and a block.
Ellie Harrington led the Hornets with 10 points, one rebound, and an assist while Rylee Moore added nine points and three rebounds.
The Mariners shot 27.0 percent from the floor, while the Hornets shot 29.6 percent. Maine Maritime held a commanding 61-25 edge in rebounds.
Saint Joseph's College of Maine's Last Game: Saint Joseph's College toppled Bates College, 93-71, in a non-conference women's basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Monks held at least a share of the lead for the duration and claimed a commanding cushion on the heels of a 10-0 second-quarter run, which saw the hosts stake a 32-14 advantage with 6:21 before the break.
St. Joe's led by 16 (44-28) heading into intermission and extended the margin to 49-28 with five quick points early in the third period. Bates fought back into contention with a 14-4 offensive surge, as a Mia Roy free throw cut the visitors' deficit down to 53-42 with 4:43 left in the penultimate quarter.
Saint Joseph's quickly regained composure and held a 17-point (65-48) lead going into the fourth frame and proceeded to attain a game-high 27-point cushion (93-66) when Kaleigh Walsh drained a three with 59 seconds to play.
The Monks held a 54-12 lead in points in the paint with a 14-6 edge in second-chance points. SJC registered 25 assists on 38 field goals and shot 52.8% (38-72) from the field – the team's highest mark of the season and best since posting a 57.4% rate against Mount Ida on February 20th, 2018. 10 different St. Joe's players scored at least two points in the win. The Bobcats shot 75% (21-28) from the free throw line.
Emily Benway led all players with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kelsi McNamara also registered a double-double with 20 points and a career-high 12 assists. Julia Champagne added 15 points and five rebounds, while Jordan Jabar contributed 11 points off a 5-7 shooting effort with eight boards and Marks chipped in with nine points and three assists
Roy scored 22 points with a pair of assists to lead Bates, Erika Lamere came off the bench to score 12 points with four rebounds. Melanie Binkhorst was 6-8 from the FT line with 11 points and Amaari Williams was 8-11 from the stripe with 10 points and five boards.
The Mariners: After six games the Mariners average 71.5 points, 48.7 rebounds and 14.3 assists per game, while shooting 37.9 percent from the floor, 25 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the line.
Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 15.5 points per game. Lauren Plissey leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per game, Megan McLean averages a team-best 3.2 assists per game and Deirdre Sanborn (Standish, Maine) leads Maine Maritime with 1.7 steals per game.
The Monks: After six games the Monks average 77.7 points, 38.3 rebounds and 16.3 assists per game, while shooting 43.9 percent from the floor, 34.5 percent from three-point land and 71.3 percent from the line.
Kelsi McNamara leads the Monks with 24 points, 6.5 assists, and 2.7 steals per game. Emily Benway averages 13.5 points while leading the team with 10.7 rebounds, Julia Champagne averages 11.5 points and Hannah Marks averages 10.2 points.
The Monks are ranked 12th and 16th nationally in the latest D3hoops.com and WBCA polls.
The Battle of the Unbeatens: Both teams enter tonight's contest with perfect 6-0 records.
Historically Speaking: The Mariners are off to their best start since the 2006-2007 season, when they started the year 15-0.