Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-2) vs. Moravian College (1-0), 4:00 p.m., Smith College, Tyler Tip-Off Tournament, Ainsworth Gymnasium, Northampton, Mass.
Sunday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Smith College (1-0) or Rivier University (1-2), 2:00 pm or 4:00 pm, Smith College, Tyler Tip-Off Tournament, Ainsworth Gymnasium, Northampton, Mass.
Series Histories: This is the first-ever meeting between the Mariners and Moravian College. The Mariners have never faced Smith College, and have taken on Rivier once on November 21, 2009 in Castine. The Mariners fell to the Raiders 74-62 in that matchup.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to UMass-Boston 64-51 last Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Maine Maritime Tip-Off Tournament at Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Maine at Orono.
The Mariners jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but UMass went on a 12-point run to take a 12-6 lead late in the first quarter. Maine Maritime tied things up at 15-15 with 2:46 to play, but the Beacons carried an 18-15 lead into the second quarter and held the Mariners to just eight points in the second quarter to take a 32-23 lead into intermission.
Maine Maritime scored two quick buckets to start the third, closing the lead to 32-27, but UMass-Boston maintained a narrow lead throughout the period and the Mariners never fought back from the deficit.
Lauren Plissey (Hermon, Maine) led the Mariners with a double-double of 14 rebounds and 11 points, and also contributed an assist and a block, Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) scored a team-high 12 points and pulled down one rebound, and Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) added 11 points, five rebounds, an assist and a block.
Jalani Jackson tallied a game-high 32 points, along with four rebounds, three steals and an assist, Tahjai Mazyck added 12 points, four steals, two assists and a rebound and Joie Grassi contributed 10 points, six rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block.
The Mariners shot 41.7 percent from the floor, but struggled from three-point land shooting just 11.1 percent while the Beacons shot 36.4 percent overall and 26.3 percent from beyond the arc. Maine Maritime outrebounded the Beacons 40-31 but committed 32 turnovers, while UMass only turned the ball over 16 times.
Moravian College's Last Game: The Moravian College women's basketball team opened its 2019-20 slate with a 73-58 non-conference victory at Dickinson College last Friday evening.
The Greyhounds were led by a trio of seniors with guard Maddie Capuano scoring a game-high 24 points to go with six rebounds and two steals. Forward Nadine Ewald and guard Karlie Brogan each had 11 points and seven rebounds with Brogan adding two blocked shots.
Sophomore guard Kayla Yoegel netted eight points to go with five rebounds and two assists while junior forward Jordan Beneducci tossed in eight points and had two rebounds. Freshmen guards Madison Amy and Morgan Amy each scored three points as did senior guard Brooke Santy with Morgan adding three rebounds and two assists and Santy grabbing two rebounds. Junior guard Sarah Donati added two points while freshman guard Jackie Kelly pulled down two rebounds in her first collegiate game.
Yoegel scored the first points of the game and the season before Ewald hit a pair of free throws for a 4-0 lead. A three-pointer and a lay-up from Capuano made it a seven-point game at 9-2 just two and a half minutes into action but the Red Devils would close within two points. Brogan would make a late jumper to give the Blue and Grey a 20-14 lead after the first quarter.
Dickinson started the second period by closing within three points before Capuano made it a 27-19 lead with a three-pointer at the 7:20 mark. The Red Devils would get within three-points at 27-24; however, another late jumper by Brogan sent the Greyhounds to the locker room with a 35-28 edge.
The Red Devils scored first out of the intermission before a three-pointer by Brogan ignited a 13-0 run by the Hounds with Morgan Amy pushing the lead to 48-30 with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter. The advantage reached 19 points, 53-34, on a lay-up by Capuano on a fast break, and the Blue and Grey held a 58-41 edge after 30 minutes of action.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Dickinson had closed within nine points at 59-50 before four points by Beneducci pushed the edge back to 64-50 with 2:54 remaining.
Smith College's Last Game: The Smith College basketball team opened the 2019-20 season with an 84-43 victory over Salve Regina University Wednesday night at Rogers Recreation center.
Smith jumped out to a 17-4 lead which grew to 29-9 at the end of the opening quarter.
After a free throw by Brooke Vonasek with 8:25 left in the half, the Pioneers would generate a 22-10 run to close out the half.
Smith maintained a comfortable lead in the third, outscoring the hosts 12-9 for a 66-35 advantage going into the final frame.
The Pioneers continued to cruise in the final quarter as a jumper from sophomore Kyra Rideout late in regulation created Smith's largest lead of the night, 82-37.
Sophomore Katelyn Pickunka tallied a career-high 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting to go along with six rebounds. First-year guard Ally Yamada posted 13 points and two assists while classmates Morgan Morrison and Amelia Clairmont each finished with 10 points.
The visitors were led by Lauryn Becker's 10 points.
Rivier University's Last Game: The Rivier University Women's Basketball team suffered a 91-70 setback this evening to visiting Wentworth Institute of Technology inside the Muldoon Gymnasium.
Rivier was paced by sophomore Alexandra Grumblat, who recorded a double-double with the team-high of 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds. Classmate Cydney Lessard chipped in with 19 points and junior Catherine Torpey added 12 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Freshman Arianna Motivala provided a spark off the bench as she also did not miss a free throw going 7-for-7 and finished with 12 points.
Four of the five starters for Wentworth finished in double-digits led by freshman Isabella Perez, who finished with 15 points and seven assists. Junior Kayla Kelly added 13 points and fellow classmates Erin Morton and Molley Duclos contributed 12 points each in the win. Morton pulled down the team-high of eight rebounds and junior Lryic Campbell dished out seven assists in a reserve effort for the Leopards.
The Mariners: The Mariners are shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 24.1 percent from three-point land and 67.5 percent from the line in their first two games. The squad averages 62 points, 37 rebounds and four assists per game.
Mikayla Charters leads the Mariners with 12.5 points and 1.5 assists per game, Lauren Plissey has a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game, while Morgan Boudreau (Benton, Maine) averages a team-high 1.5 steals per game.
The Greyhounds: After one game the Greyhounds average 73 points, 39 rebounds and six assists per game, while shooting 41.4 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the line.
Maddie Capuano leads the team with 24 points per game, both Karlie Brogan and Nadine Ewald have seven rebounds per game.
The Pioneers: Smith is shooting 64.0 percent from the floor, 66.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe. The team averages 84 points, 33 rebounds and nine assists per game.
Katelyn Pickunkia leads the Pioneers with 24 points and six rebounds per game, while Dashelle Gleissner leads the team with five assiss per game.
The Raiders: The Raiders are shooting 31.4 percent from the floor, 26.5 percent from three-point land and 77.8 percent from the line in their first three games. Rivier averages 63.7 points, 45.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game.
Catherine Torpey leads the Raiders with 15.0 points per game, while Cydney Lessard averages 13.3 points and both Alexandra Grumblatt and Arianna Motivala average 13.0 points per game. Grumblatt leads the team with 12.3 rebounds and Motivala leads the Raiders with 4.7 assists per game. Ciera Clark leads the team with 1.7 steals per game.