Friday's Game: No. 2 Maine Maritime Academy (18-6) vs. No. 3 SUNY Canton (12-13), NAC Semifinals, 7:30 pm, Newman Gymnasium, Bangor, Maine.
Series History: This is just the third meeting between the Mariners and Kangaroos. The Mariners took both regular season matchups with the Roos in New York, to hold the 2-0 all-time advantage over the NAC newcomers.
Postseason History: This is the first-ever meeting between Maine Maritime and SUNY Canton in the playoffs. The Mariners have reached NAC Tournament for the 22nd-straight season, while the Roos are making their first appearance in the NAC Tournament, in their first season of NAC play.
Regular Season Meetings:
The Roos jumped out to a 4-0 lead and hung on to a slight advantage until late in the second quarter when Emily Melick (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a three to give the Mariners a 30-28 lead. The two teams entered halftime deadlocked at 30-30.
The Mariners came out strong in the third quarter, and took their biggest lead of the game (51-37) with 1:07 to go in the third. Maine Maritime outscored the Roos in the final quarter to pick up the conference victory.
Morgan Boudreau (Benton, Maine) scored a career and game-high 15 points, on all three-pointers, to lead the Mariners. Boudreau also added three rebounds and a block.
Breanna Cullers led the Kangaroos with 12 points and two rebounds, while Autumn Watkins and Billie Rivenburgh contributed 10 points each. Watkins also added five rebounds and an assist while Rivenburgh added three rebounds and a steal.
The Mariners shot 35.6 percent from the floor, while Canton shot 37 percent, but the Mariners held a 35-33 edge in rebounds.
The Mariners outscored the Kangaroos 13-7 in the first quarter and 27-11 in the second to take a 40-18 lead at halftime.
Canton outscored the Mariners 17-7 in the third quarter but the Mariners held on in the fourth quarter, shooting 44.4 percent from the floor.
Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to go along with six assists, four points and a steal.
Sade Rogers led Canton with 13 points, four assists and two rebounds and Tyberia Wallace contributed 12 points, a rebound and a steal.
The Mariners shot 37.3 percent from the floor, while the Kangaroos shot 28.6 percent. Maine Maritime held a 41-36 advantage in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball handed Husson University their first loss in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on February 12 with a 58-48 victory in the regular season finale for both teams inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Eagles held a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, but Maine Maritime's offense erupted in the second quarter, pouring in 22 points on 71.4 percent shooting from the floor, while holding Husson to just seven points, to take a 32-23 lead into halftime.
The Mariners picked up where they left off in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 15-11 to take a 47-34 lead into the final quarter. Husson went to the line 11 times in the final quarter, accounting for 10 of the team's 14 fourth quarter points, but the Mariners kept the visitors at bay and cruised to the double-digit victory. This is the Mariners' first win over the conference rival since 2013.
Melinda Ogden led the Mariners with 16 points, two rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block. Reigning NAC and MWBCA Rookie of the Week, Lauren Plissey (Hermon, Maine) tallied her first-career double-double with a career-high 13 rebounds and career-high 11 points, while also contributing four assists and three blocks.
Kenzie Worcester led the Eagles with 20 points, five rebounds and a steal, while teammate Megan Peach recorded a double-double of 14 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks, two assists and a steal.
The Mariners shot 42.2 percent from the floor, and 33.3 percent from behind the arc, while Husson shot just 26.4 percent on the night and 6.7 percent from three-point land. Maine Maritime also won the battle of the boards, 36-33.
SUNY Canton's Last Game: Three players scored in double figures paced by a game-high 20 points from Breanna Cullers as the SUNY Canton women's basketball team earned a convincing 78-47 win against Thomas College in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.
Cullers 20 points were five off her season-high. Antanasia Chambes stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Tyberia Wallace chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Autumn Watkins finished with nine points and eight rebounds, while Sade Rogers added eight.
Addie Brinkman was the lone Terrier in double figures with 12 points, while Malorie Weaver and Kaylee Ravagli supplied eight points each.
The Roos jumped out to a quick 20-7 lead after the opening quarter behind nine points from Cullers. Canton continued to control play outscoring the Terriers, 21-9 in the second quarter to take a commanding 25-point lead into intermission.
The teams played to an even 15-15 mark in the third quarter with Canton cruising to victory. Madison Seguin scored her first collegiate points off the bench in the closing minutes for the Roos.
Canton held the upper hand in second chance points (21-4), points off turnovers (20-7) and points in the paint (36-24).
The Mariners: After 24 games the Mariners average 61.3 points, 42.0 rebounds and 12.8 assists per game, while shooting 38.5 percent from the floor, 28.2 percent from behind the arc and 66.0 percent from the line.
Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 14.1 points per game, Melinda Ogden averages 10.1 points per game, Lauren Plissey averages a team-best 5.9 rebounds per game and Megan McLean averages a team-best 2.5 assists per game. Eryn Doiron leads the Mariners with 1.3 steals per game.
The Kangaroos: After 25 games the Roos average 58.1 points, 43.9 rebounds and 11.8 assists per game, while shooting 35.7 percent from the floor, 28.1 percent from three-point land and 68.6 percent from the line.
Antanasia Chambers leads the Kangaroos with 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.1 steals per game while Breanna Cullers averages 11.8 points per game.
Statistical Rankings: The Mariners rank second in the country among DIII teams in field-goal percentage defense and third in the country in scoring defense. Maine Maritime is holding opponents to just 30.0 percent shooting and 47.5 points per game. The Mariners lead the conference in field goal percentage (38.5), field goal percentage defense (30.0), free throw attempts (477), free throws made (315), rebound margin (9.7), scoring defense (47.5), scoring margin (13.8) and three point field goal percentage (25.5).
Maine Maritime's Alayne Felix leads the conference in field goal percentage (55.3), while ranking 30th among DIII players in the same category.
Canton ranks 11th in the country among DIII teams in personal fouls per game (12.6) and 12th in fewest fouls (315). The Roos lead the NAC in defensive rebounds per game (30), fewest fouls (315), personal fouls per game (12.6), rebounds (1,098) and rebounds per game (43.92).
SUNY Canton's Antanasia Chambers leads the conference in assist turnover ratio (1.51), assists per game (4.0) and defensive rebounds per game (7.0).
The NAC Women's Basketball Tournament:
Quarterfinals • Saturday, February 16 (at higher seeds)
No. 6 Thomas - 47 at No. 3 SUNY Canton - 78
No. 5 UMaine-Farmington - 42 at No. 4 NVU-Lyndon - 66
Semifinals • Friday, February 22 at Husson
No. 4 NVU-Lyndon (14-11, 8-6) at No. 1 Husson (17-8, 13-1) - 5:30 PM
No. 3 SUNY Canton (12-13, 8-6) vs. No. 2 Maine Maritime (18-6, 12-2) - 7:30 PM
Championship • Saturday, February 23 at Husson
Semifinal Winners - 2:00 PM