Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (6-1) at #7 Amherst College (5-1), 12:00 pm, LeFrak Gymnasium, Amherst. Mass.
Series History: This is the first-ever meeting between Amherst and Maine Maritime.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball suffered their first loss of the season to #12/#16 Saint Joseph's College of Maine, 79-58, on Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Harold Alfond Center.
The Mariners hung with the Monks early in the first quarter, but the hosts used a 10-1 run to close out the quarter and took a 24-11 lead into the second quarter.
Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) hit back-to-back threes to cut the Monks' lead to 28-21 with 6:47 to play in the half, but the Monks took a 41-27 lead into halftime and hung on for the win.
Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block, while Ogden finished the evening with 13 points, two rebounds, and two assists. Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) led the Mariners with four assists, while also chipping in with four points, four rebounds and a steal.
Julia Champagne and Kelsi McNamara led the Monks with 21 points each. Champagne added six rebounds and two assists, while McNamara contributed five assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block. Emily Benway added 12 points and four rebounds.
The Mariners shot 37.3 percent from the floor, while the Monks shot 48.2 percent. The Monks held a 43-36 edge in rebounds, but committed more turnovers (12-10).
Amherst College's Last Game: For the second-straight game, the second quarter turned the tide for the Amherst College women's basketball team, as they shook off a slow start to defeat New Jersey City University 78-52 in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon on Coach Charlie Brown Court at the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center.
No. 7 Amherst outscored the Gothic Knights 23-5 in the second quarter.
Hanna Fox led Amherst with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists, four blocks, three steals. Madeline Eck had 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Cam Hendricks scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds. Jade DuVal scored 13 points and grabbed eight boards off the bench, and Dani Valdez finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Amherst was able to outrebound NJCU, 48-29, including 16-7 on the offensive glass.
NJCU's Marajiah Bacon scored a season-high 29 points and added six rebounds, three steals, and an assist.
NJCU scored the first points of the game, as Bacon made a runner in the lane on their first possession, a sign of her strong game to come. Bacon scored all 11 of the Knights' points in the first quarter, as the team held tough, leading on two separate occasions and finishing the quarter down only 14-11.
In the second quarter, Amherst got hot, using a 16-0 run in the middle of the period to push their lead out to 21 by the break (37-16). The Mammoth's defense held NJCU scoreless from a Zyearah Taylor-Gaston three at the 8:33 mark of the second until a Miesha Bacon free throw in the final minute of the half, turning a 19-14 game into a 35-14 margin.
The Knights forced 11 second half turnovers, but were never able to get the deficit back to under 19 points. Amherst outscored NJCU 36-14 in the paint and 22-3 off of the bench.
Amherst outscored NJCU 23-5 in the second half, the third and fourth quarters saw much tighter play with the Mammoths only outscoring the hosts 18-15 in the third and 23-21 in the fourth.
The Mariners: After seven games the Mariners average 69.6 points, 46.9 rebounds and 14.3 assists per game, while shooting 37.8 percent from the floor, 25.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the line.
Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 15.6 points per game. Lauren Plissey (Hermon, Maine) leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per game, Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) averages a team-best 2.9 assists per game and both Deirdre Sanborn (Standish, Maine) and Felix lead Maine Maritime with 1.4 steals per game.
The Mammoths: After six games Amherst averages 69.8 points, 42 rebounds and 17.2 assists per game, while shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, 35.8 percent from three-point land and 76.7 percent from the line.
Hannah Fox leads the Mammoths with 19.8 points, 4.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game. Madeline Eck averages 14 points per game and Dani Valdez leads the team with 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.