Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (2-3) at Gordon College (3-0), 7:00 p.m., Gordon Classic, Bennett Center, Wenham, Mass.
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. New England College (3-1), 1:00 p.m., Gordon Classic, Bennett Center, Wenham, Mass.
Series Histories: The Fighting Scots hold a 3-2 all-time advantage over the Mariners, but Maine Maritime has claimed the last two meetings, including the most recent matchup in 2010 in Castine.
The Mariners and Pilgrims have split their 16 meetings, with the Mariners winning the last two matchups. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since NEC left the North Atlantic Conference following the 2017-18 season.
Last Meetings: The Mariners defeated Gordon in their last meeting on January 4, 2010, 68-58 inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Mariners defeated New England College, 59-55 in their last matchup on February 3, 2018.
The Mariners scored 13-unanswered points early in the first quarter to take a 17-8 lead into the second quarter.
New England College scored four-straight to open up the second quarter and closed the Mariners' lead to five (17-12). Samantha Mason (Lamoine, Maine) made a layup with 2:13 to go in the half to extend Maine Maritime's lead to 10, but the Pilgrims hit a shot to close the gap to eight (28-20) entering halftime.
Alayne Felix, Caitlin Kane and Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) sank threes on three-consecutive Maine Maritime possessions to build a 39-22 lead in the third quarter. The Mariners led by double-digits for the rest of the quarter and entered the final 10 minutes with a 50-35 lead.
The Pilgrims clawed their way back into the game, scoring 15-unanswered points to start the fourth quarter and tied the game at 50-50 with 6:10 to play. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth until Felix made a layup with 1:55 to play and the Mariners pulled down a pair of crucial defensive rebounds and went 3-of-4 from the line in the final seconds to take the 59-55 victory.
Felix led the Mariners with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block and teammate Ogden added 15 points, three assists, two steals and a rebound.
Rene Hudson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Pilgrims, while also adding five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Maine Maritime shot 45.1 percent from the floor, while the Pilgrims shot 36.4 percent. New England College shot 58.3 percent from three-point land, while the Mariners only shot 46.2 percent and the Pilgrims held a 37-32 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball picked up a 67-62 victory over Colby College on Tuesday night in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Mariners jumped out to a five-point lead (12-7) midway through the opening quarter, but the Mules battled back to close Maine Maritime's lead to 17-15 entering the second.
The Mariners scored eight-unanswered points to open up the second quarter, building a 25-15 lead with 6:13 to go and entered halftime with a 36-27 advantage.
Colby outscored the Mariners 15-8 in the third quarter to close the gap to 44-42. The Mules came within one point on three different occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Mariners used a six-point run to take a 66-60 lead with 20 seconds remaining and held on for their fourth-straight win against the Mules.
Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) led the Mariners with 23 points and also added three rebounds, two steals and a block and Lauren Plissey (Hermon, Maine) added 15 points, including 10 points in the fourth quarter, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block. Maureen Stanton (Abington, Mass.) contributed a game-high five assists, to go with six points, while Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) and Sydney Underhill-Tilton (Richmond, Maine) each chipped in with six rebounds, and added seven and six points respectively.
Alisha Aube led the Mules with 20 points and six rebounds, Ainsley Burns recorded 18 points, five rebounds and an assist, while Brooke Guiffre tallied 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Mariners shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from beyond the arc, while the Mules shot 28.4 percent overall and 21.4 percent from three-point land. Colby held a 49-32 edge in rebounds.
Gordon College's Last Game: Gordon College Women's Basketball orchestrated a second half comeback to come away with the 79-68 victory over Salem State on Tuesday night.
For the Fighting Scots, Meghan Foley exploded for a game-high 34 points while grabbing 14 boards, Sarah Gibbs brought down 18 rebounds and had 13 points, while Serianna Anderson had 12 points and five rebounds.
Salem's efforts were paced by Courtney Paschal who had 17 points, Liz Zaiter booked 13 points, and Tatianna Lacoviello had 11 points and dished out eight assists.
The Vikings held the slight 17-13 to close out the first, highlighted by a pair of threes from Lacoviello.
The Scots trailed by as many as ten with 7:40 remaining in the second quarter before cutting the deficit to three thanks to a Foley jumper with just under five minutes on the clock. However, the Vikings outscored the Scots 17-7 to take a 42-29 lead into the break.
Foley came out of the locker room on fire, erupting for 14 of her squad's 28 third quarter points. Despite, trailing by 13 midway through the third, the Scots buckled down to tie it up at 57-all heading into the final frame.
Gordon took its first lead of the game thanks to a Delaney McDonnell jumper to put the blue and white up 61-60. The Vikings regained the lead a minute later but their lead was short lived as Foley scored 15 of the Scots' next 18 points to secure the come from behind victory.
Serianna Anderson booked a career-high 12 points. Sarah Gibbs has now recorded a double-double in each of the Scots' three games this year. Meghan Foley has scored 30 or more points in back-to-back games.
New England College's Last Game: New England College fell to Smith College 62-52 in non-conference action, Wednesday evening at Ainsworth Gym on the campus of Smith College.
Rene Hudson and Ericka Pratt led the Pilgrims with 13 and 10 points respectively.
The Mariners: After five games the Mariners average 66.4 points, 38.8 rebounds and 11.0 assists per game, while averaging 43.1 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 62.2 percent from the line.
Melinda Ogden leads the Mariners with 14.2 points per game, while Lauren Plissey averages 11.2 points per game while leading the team with 6.8 rebounds per game, and Maureen Stanton averages a team-best 2.6 assists per game.
The Fighting Scots: After three games the Fighting Scots average 75.7 points, 49.0 rebounds and 10.7 assists per game, while shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the line.
Meghan Foley leads Gordon with 29.0 points and 3.7 assists per game, while Sarah Gibbs averages 14.0 points per game while leading the team with 20 rebounds per game and Olivia Gagnon averages 12.3 points per game while leading the team with 2.0 steals per game.
The Pilgrims: After four games the Pilgrims average 66.5 points, 43.3 rebounds and 14.3 assists per game, while shooting 41.0 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the line.
Rene Hudson leads NEC with 18.5 points per game, Brianna Pierreval leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game, while both Hudson and Pierreval lead the team with 1.3 steals per game. Haleigh Martin leads NEC with 3.3 assists per game while Kayla Goldring leads the team with 1.5 blocks per game.