Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (10-4, 4-1 NAC) vs. University of Maine at Presque Isle (5-11, 1-6 NAC), 4:00 pm, Inaugural Jimmy Card Celebration of Life Game, Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Mariners are 18-11 all-time against the Owls, including a 13-6 record when hosting. The Mariners have won the last 11 meetings, by an average margin of 24 points.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball cruised to a 68-33, non-conference victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle, last season on February 6, 2018 inside of Smith Gymnasium.
Maine Maritime jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Owls responded with five-unanswered points to take a brief 5-4 lead. The Mariners built a four-point lead (9-5), but UMaine-Presque Isle tied the game up at 9-9 with three minutes to play in the first quarter. Maine Maritime used a four-point run to take a 13-9 lead into the second quarter.
The Mariners began to pull away in the second quarter, and took a 14-point lead with 1:37 to play in the half, before the Owls used a layup to close the gap to 30-18 entering halftime.
Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) led all players in the first half with eight points, while Teagan Lawyerson led UMPI with five points.
Maine Maritime outscored the Owls 14-1 to open up the third quarter and never looked back, claiming the 68-33 victory.
Felix scored a game-high 12 points to lead the Mariners and added two rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Chloe Smedley chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) contributed nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal and Amanda Holewiak (Somerset, Maine) added seven points and a game-high six rebounds.
Rhylee Wright, Marissa Reagle, Jessy Dickison and Lawyerson each scored six points to lead the Owls.
The Mariners shot 47.2 percent from the floor while the Owls shot 30.0 percent. Maine Maritime also held a 38-24 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball picked up a 67-52 non-conference victory over Colby College on Tuesday night inside of Wadsworth Gym.
The two teams battled closely in the first quarter, but the Mariners came out strong in the second to close out the half up, 26-20.
Colby battled back in the third quarter and hung with the Mariners, but the visitors shot 77.8 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter and outscored the Mules 24-15 in the final 10 minutes to claim the victory.
Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) and Alayne Felix led the Mariners with 14 points and three rebounds each, McLean chipped in with a steal and Felix added an assist. Melinda Ogden contributed 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Paige Russell led the Mules with 13 points, two rebounds, an assist and a block, Keagan Dunbar tallied 11 points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal and Katie McCrum added 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
The Mariners shot 47.8 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from three-point land, while the Mules shot 30.2 percent and 30.2 percent from beyond the arc.
University of Maine at Presque Isle's Last Game: The Thomas College Women's Basketball Team defeated UMaine-Presque Isle 79-63 in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) game on Wednesday evening at Larry Mahaney Gym on the campus of Thomas College.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead, going up 14-4 just five minutes into the first quarter behind a three-pointer from Edward Little High School grad Karli Stubbs and an offensive rebound and put back by Addie Brinkman. A Marissa Valdivia-Reagle and a Hunter Mercier drive to the rim and score were the only two hoops the Owls could knock down early on as the Terriers built the lead. Thomas would continue to shoot the ball well and closed out the first quarter with a 21-7 lead.
UMPI was able to produce more offense in the second quarter as Mercier drained a three-pointer at the 8:26 mark and Rhylee Wright would knock down two free throws. Three more foul shots by Wright and a Reagle layup after a steal by Kendra Silvers, followed by a three-pointer by Wright got the Owls back into the game at 28 to 19. After a Thomas timeout, the Terriers would go on a run and went into halftime ahead 44-27.
The Owls began to close the gap in the third, starting the quarter on a furious 15-4 run led by an Emmy Churchill three-pointer and two free throws that made it 48-42 in favor of Thomas. UMPI continued to hang in on two layups and a three pointer by Mercier as Thomas went into the forth with a narrow 56-52 lead.
The Terriers separated themselves again midway in the fourth as UMPI hurt themselves with turnovers and fouls. A Churchill drive and score and the foul shot by Churchill had the Owls down 64 to 58 at the 6:47 mark. Two Reagle free throws got UMPI back to within six points 64 to 58 at the 5:42 mark of the 4th quarter but that was a s close as the Owls would get. Thomas eventually outscored UMPI 23-11 in the quarter to pull away with the 79-63 victory.
For Thomas, Addie Brinkman was a rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling in nine rebounds. Karli Stubbs shot 6-of-13 from three-point range to score 17 points, while recording four rebounds. Kaylee Ravagli chipped in 13 points coming off the bench.
UMPI put four players in double digits led by Freshman Hunter Mercier with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Valdivia-Reagle scored 15 points and added five rebounds and three assists, Churchill scored 14 points and Wright added 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Mariners: After 14 games the Mariners average 63.1 points, 42.4 rebounds and 12.6 assists per game, while shooting 37.3 percent from the floor, 26.9 percent from beyond the arc and 65.2 percent from the line.
Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 14.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and both Felix and Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) lead the team with 1.4 steals per game and Megan McLean averages a team-best 2.4 assists per game.
The Owls: After 16 games the Owls average 75.1 points, 39.3 rebounds and 13.6 assists per game, while shooting 44.0 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent from three-point land and 67.3 percent from the line.
Ryhlee Wright leads the Owls with 14.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while Hunter Mercier averages 11.1 points per game and Marissa Reagle leads the team with 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game.