WATERVILLE, Maine – Colby College defeated Thomas 72-40 in a nonconference women’s basketball matchup between the two colleges of the city of Waterville.
Senior guard Diana Manduca (Portland, Maine) had a game high 20 points in the victory for the Mules (2-1).
The beginning of the first half saw back and forth scoring with the Terriers (1-1) keeping the game within three points. The Mules would take a 23-11 lead with seven minutes remaining after two 3s by Manduca. Colby would end the first half leading 39-20, shooting 44 percent from the field, and going 6-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Elizabeth Goodall (Oakfield, Maine) would provide a spark off the bench for Thomas in the second half, making two 3-pointers, and Ashleigh Gagne (Waterville, Maine) would have six rebounds in the closing half (10 overall). This however would not be enough, as the Mules would continue their strong performance from the field, shooting 40%, and 45% from downtown. Jen Dale (Belgrade, Maine) would come off the bench for Colby and add six points in just nine minutes of time on the court.
Overall, the visitors held the advantage in field goal percentage 42.4 to 26.9, and in rebounds 46 to 32.
For the Terriers, freshman forward Megan Pelletier (Winslow, Maine) continued to look strong in her second collegiate contest, scoring a team high 15 points.
UNE 72, Bowdoin 32
BIDDEFORD — The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team suffered a non-conference loss to the University of New England.
The loss drops the Polar Bears to 1-2 this season. UNE moves to 2-1 on the campaign with its first win over Bowdoin since the 1994-95 season. Bowdoin had won the last 16 meetings between the teams.
Bowdoin trailed 35-8 at halftime, committed 33 turnovers and shot just 21.4% from the field in the setback, including just 1-for-20 from 3-point range. UNE shot 45.5% from the field and connected on 7-for-22 from long distance.
Beth Suggs posted a double-double for the Nor’easters, scoring 22 points with 11 rebounds. The Polar Bears were led by seven points from Anna Prohl, who also had six rebounds.
Monks 58, Beavers 52
STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph’s College (2-0) defeated University of Maine-Farmington (0-3), 58-52, in a non-conference women’s basketball contest at the Harold Alfond Center on Tuesday night. Freshman center Morgan Cahill (Yarmouth, Maine) netted a team-high 12 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the Monks’ victory.
Saint Joseph’s held a lead for the vast majority of play but never held an advantage of more than seven points in the closely-contested battle between the former conference rivals.
Farmington saw its largest lead when senior forward Kenni Norton (Strong, Maine) hit one of two free throw attempts just over three minutes into the contest. The Monks countered with an 11-2 run, which was capped by a Nicolette Kapothanasis (Westbrook, Maine) three-pointer with 14:33 left in the first half.
St. Joe’s held on to the lead for the rest of the opening stanza, but the visiting Beavers cut their deficit down to two points, 29-27, after senior forward Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine) drained a pair of freebies 39 seconds before the break. The Monks answered with five straight points, a Mackenzie Dufour (Augusta, Maine) trifecta and a Danyelle Shufelt (Sutton, Vt.) layup, in the closing seconds and held their largest lead of the night, seven points (34-27) going into intermission.
In the first half, Saint Joseph’s shot 48.3% (14-29) from the field, 28.6% (2-7) from three-point land, and 50% (2-4) from the charity stripe while Farmington shot 26.5% (9-34) overall, was fruitless from downtown (0-6) and shot 69.2% (9-13) from the FT line.
It was no more than a two-possession game for most of the second half and the Beavers managed to secure a brief lead late in the closing stanza. Farmington junior forward Holly Oliver (Belgrade Lakes, Maine) netted a three-pointer with 5:57 remaining in the second half to put the Beavers up, 52-51, but Abby Young (North Yarmouth, Maine) countered with a layup off a Skyler Makkinje (Hillsboro, N.H.) pass 16 seconds later to put the Monks on top to stay since Farmington was unable to muster a bucket of any kind for the remainder of play.
For the Monks, Young recorded 10 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists, Lindsay Moore (Barrington, N.H.) tallied 10 points and seven boards, Shufelt added nine points, and Kapothanasis chipped in with six points and two dimes in the victory. Dufour contributed five points, four boards and three assists and Sarah Assante (Standish, Maine) chimed in with five steals, four caroms and two helpers for the hosts.
For the Beavers, sophomore guard Lindsay Ranquist (Owls Head, Maine) netted a game-high 13 points with five steals, five rebounds and three assists, Norton neared a double-double with 11 points and nine caroms, and Ferry put up 11 points and six boards while shooting 7-8 from the free throw line.
Saint Joseph’s will play at University of Southern Maine in the annual battle for the coveted Costello Cup on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM. Maine-Farmington is off until next Wednesday when the Beavers play at Bates College in a 7:00 PM tip-off.
UMaine-Farmington 62, Colby 61
FARMINGTON – Three University of Maine at Farmington players scored in double figures to lead the Beavers over Colby College at Dearborn Gymnasium.
The win was the Beavers’ first over Colby (1-2) since the 2006-07 season and broke UMF’s seven-game losing streak to the Mules.
Junior Andrew Dickey paced UMaine-Farmington (3-0) with 19 points, while junior Nate Carson had 16 points. Each had seven rebounds. Junior center Ben Johnson chipped in with 15 points.
Colby’s Luke Westman led all scorers with 20 points, while Danny Chase tacked on 10 points for the Mules.
UMF jumped out to an early 14-2 lead by the 13:30 mark of the opening half, but Colby successfully whittled that down to a nine-point margin by the half. The Beavers held a 34-25 lead at the intermission, with both teams shooting just 39 percent from the field.
Colby stepped up its shooting in the second half, firing at a 52 percent clip to tie the game three times and briefly take the lead with just under six minutes to play following a traditional three-point play by Chris Hudnut.
UMF tied the game up on a 3-point bucket by Yusuf Iman, 57-57. A jumper and 3-pointer by Carson gave the Beavers a five-point lead, and UMF held Colby at bay the rest of the way. The Mules went 1-of-4 from the field down the stretch, aiding the Beavers’ cause.
UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Friday, Nov. 30, when it travels to Castleton, Vt., to face Castleton State in a North Atlantic Conference matchup. Colby also returns to action on November 30, when it hosts Fisher College in the opening round of the Colby Classic in Waterville.