|Maine Maritime Academy||Colby-Sawyer College|
NEW LONDON, N.H. – Maine Maritime Academy women’s basketball fell to Colby-Sawyer College 69-60, on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action.
The Mariners opened up the game on 10-2 run, highlighted by four points from both Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) and Emily Melick (Sudbury, Mass.). The Chargers used an eight-point run led by back-to-back threes to close the gap and took the lead at 4:28 on a pair of free throws from Lexie Hamilton. The Mariners tied the game up at 15-15 at 2:27 following a pair of free throws from Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) and again with 29 seconds to go in the first quarter on a three-pointer from Kristi Willey (Topsham, Maine), but the Chargers added a layup as the quarter expired to take a 20-18 lead into the second.
Maine Maritime tied the game up at 20-20 after a pair of free throws from Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) and again at 8:25 after a Felix jumper, but the Chargers outscored the Mariners 11-2 over the next five minutes to build a 33-24 lead. Smedley and Felix went to work, combining for the next 10 points to close the gap to 35-34 entering the half.
Smedley sank a pair from the charity stripe to start the third, giving the Mariners a 36-35 lead. The two teams battled back-and-forth, exchanging the lead multiple times until a Willey jumper closed out the third, giving the Mariners a 48-47 advantage.
The Chargers scored five-unanswered points to begin the final quarter, and went on to outscore the Mariners 22-12, including going 7-of-8 from the line in the final two minutes, to hang on for the win.
Felix led the Mariners with a season-high 26 points, on 11-of-17 shooting, and seven rebounds, while Smedley added 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.
Chelsea Dow led the Chargers with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while adding eight steals. Hamilton finished the night with 13 points, six assists, and six steals. Ally Mignault collected a team-best eight rebounds.
Maine Maritime drops to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the NAC, while Colby-Sawyer improves to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the NAC