|Colby-Sawyer College||Maine Maritime Academy|
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women’s basketball picked up a 69-65 victory over Colby-Sawyer College on Friday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
Kristi Willey (Topsham, Maine) hit two threes and Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) added a layup in the first two minutes of play, to give the Mariners an 8-0 lead.
The Mariners led by as much as 14 points twice in the opening quarter and took a 20-12 advantage into the second quarter. The Chargers began to chip away at the deficit in the second quarter, closing the gap to five points with 6:01 remaining, but the Mariners scored five-straight to retake a double-digit lead with 5:13 to go.
Colby-Sawyer cut the Mariners’ lead to four twice in the closing minutes of the half, but Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) hit a three with just under a minute to play and Alex Winchester (Hampden, Maine) added a jumper as time expired to send Maine Maritime into the half with a 40-33 lead.
Ogden led the Mariners in the first half with 14 points, going a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point land. As a team, the Mariners shot an impressive 8-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first half and outrebounded the Chargers 21-16.
The Chargers put together a six-point run midway through the third quarter to cut the lead to 46-44. Odgen responded with a three to make it 49-44 at 2:12. Colby-Sawyer closed out the third quarter outscoring the Mariners 6-2 to tie the game at 51-51.
The Mariners took a five-point advantage to open up the fourth quarter, following a three from Willey and two free throws by Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine). Tianna Sugars hit two from the line for the Chargers to close the gap to three (56-53) with 7:58 to play.
Emmani Robinson made a layup to cut the Mariners’ lead to 63-61 at 1:39 but the Mariners went on a four-point run, highlighted by three points and a steal from Felix, to take a 67-61 lead with 39 seconds remaining. McLean hit one from the line and Odgen pulled down a crucial defensive rebound and made a free throw with seven seconds to go to put the game out of reach.
Overall, the Mariners shot an impressive 45.8 percent from the floor, including 10-of-16 from beyond the three-point arc.
Felix led the Mariners with 20 points, seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block, Ogden ended the evening with 18 points, six rebounds, and a pair of assists and Willey finished just shy of a double-double with 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Robinson led the Chargers with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block, Sugars added 14 points, a team-high eight rebounds, a steal and a block and Amanda Calvo chipped in with 13 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
The Mariners improve to 9-8 on the season and 6-5 in the conference, while the Chargers fall to 13-5 overall and 8-3 in the NAC.