Tuesday’s college roundup, women’s basketball: MMA 56, Husson 37

Posted Dec. 04, 2012, at 9:37 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 04, 2012, at 11:32 p.m.

CASTINE, MAINE — Courtney DuFour scored a career-high 23 points to lead Maine Maritime to a 56-37 win over Husson in a North Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game Tuesday. DuFour’s points came on seven 3-pointers — which tied a program record — and a pair of free throws and MMA improved to 2-2 overall, 1-0 NAC. The Eagles fell to 0-3, 0-1.

Leah Jackson added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Mariners while Victoria McIntyre paced Husson with 22 points and nine boards.

The Mariners jumped out to an 8-4 lead before a layup from Chrissy Larrabee and a 3-pointer by McIntyre gave Husson a 9-8 lead with 13:41 left in the opening half. MMA answered with an 11-0 run, spanning six minutes, to lead 19-9 with 7:16 left.

Hanna Lyons started the run with a layup, Jackson and Jillian Perron drained a free throw each, DuFour knocked one in from downtown and Jackson finished the run with consecutive layups. Free throws from Riley Boyle cut MMA’s lead to 19-11 before the Mariners closed out the half with a 12-3 scoring run to lead 31-16 at halftime. DuFour scored five in the run for MMA, Alexis Bennett three and Bekah Campbell and Jackson two each.

Husson opened the second half with nine unanswered point — seven by McIntyre and two from Chrissy Larrabee — to get within six, 31-25, with 16:35 left in the game. Kari Jones‘ three a minute later put MMA ahead by nine and Mariners lead never went below 11 the rest of the game.

USM 83, Salem State 61

GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore forward Rebecca Knight (Alfred, Maine/McAuley) scored 27 points and grabbed 14 points – both career-high totals – to lead the 23rd-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies to an 83-61 win over the Salem State Unviersity Vikings in a non-conference women’s basketball game Tuesday night at Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine.

With the win, the Huskies – ranked 23rd in the most recent D3hoops.com National Poll – remain undefeated and improve to 7-0 overall. The loss is the second straight for Salem State and drops its record to 4-4 overall.

Knight scored 20 of her 27 points and grabbed eight of her 14 rebounds in the first half to power the Huskies to a 45-34 lead at the break. Knight was a force in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 18 of the Huskies first 25 points, while converting 10-of-11 from the field and grabbing five offensive rebounds to help Southern Maine to a 28-10 advantage in the paint.

Holding a comfortable 49-39 with 16:01 to play in the second half, the Huskies separated themselves from the Vikings with a 24-7 run to grab a commanding 27-point advantage, 73-46, with 7:53 on the clock. Senior guardNicole Garland (Portland, Maine/Deering) knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the pivotal run, while Knight and sophomore forward Abby Hasson (South Portland, Maine) each added five points. With the game in control, the Salem State never threatened the Huskies’ sizeable lead the rest of the way and USM led by as many as 31 points late in the game en route to the 83-61 win.

Knight finished the game shooting 12-for-14 from the field and added two assists and three steals. Garland added 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting from three-point range, while senior forward Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) tossed in 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Huskies to a 47-36 advantage on the glass.

Sophomore guard Rachel Carter (Merrimack, N.H.) paced the Vikings with 16 points, four assists and two steals. Freshman guard Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, Mass.) added 10 points, three assists and three steals.

Southern Maine finished the game shooting 46.9 percent (30-for-64) from the field and scored 26 of its points off of second-chance buckets. Salem State shot 34.2 percent (25-for-73) from the floor.

Bowdoin 64,UMF 47

FARMINGTON, Maine — Megan Phelps continued her hot play with a 22-point effort as the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team pulled away from the University of Maine-Farmington on Tuesday evening, 64-47.

The Polar Bears have won consecutive games and improve to 3-3 this season. The Beavers fall to 1-6.

Phelps netted 22 points and eight rebounds, nailing 4-5 from three-point range to reach double figures for the third-straight outing and establish a new personal career high. Kaitlin Donahoe joined Phelps in double digits with 16 points while Sara Binkhorst pitched in 10 off the bench to go with four steals.

Farmington was led by 14 points from Holly Oliver and 13 points from Kenni Norton.

Bowdoin got out to a fast start, jumping out to a 21-6 lead after just seven minutes of action. However, the Polar Bears went cold after that as the Beavers were able to trim the Bowdoin lead to 33-29 at halftime.

The teams traded the lead early in the second period, with Oliver giving the hosts their final edge, 42-40, on a layup with 12:12 to go. Kirsten Prue replied with a three-pointer for Bowdoin, sparking a 12-2 run that was capped by a Binkhorst trifecta to give the Polar Bears a 52-43 lead with 4:46 to go.

The Polar Bears held the Beavers to just 34% shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers in the victory.

Bates 59, UNE 58

LEWISTON, Maine — Allie Beaulieu hit the go-ahead jumper in the paint with 40 seconds left in overtime to provide Bates College with a 59-58 win over the University of New England in non-conference women’s basketball action Tuesday evening at Alumni Gymnasium.

Scoring was limited in the extra period, as UNE recorded the initial three points on free throws to assume a 57-54 edge with 2:36 left. Less than a minute later, Chelsea Nason drained a three-pointer from the right wing for Bates to tie things (57-57).

After the Nor’easters came up empty on a possession that included three offensive rebounds, Beaulieu’s bucket gave the hosts a two-point cushion. Following a turnover by UNE, and a missed free throw on the front-end of a one-and-one, Big Blue managed to get one point back from the charity stripe to make it 59-58 with five ticks remaining.

The Bobcats were again off on a free throw try at the other end, but UNE could not get a shot away before the final buzzer sounded.

The Nor’easters trailed by eight (41-33) with under 10 minutes left in the second half before starting to rally. A 16-6 UNE run in a five minute span turned the deficit into the lead (49-47) — capped by a three-point play from Meghan Gribbin.

Scoring occurred on the ensuing three possessions to level the contest at 51-51, prior to nearly two minutes without any points. UNE’s Sadie DiPierro broke the deadlock with 1:12 to go with a shot from long distance (54-51).

Bates got one point closer on its next trip down, and, after a miss by its opponent, set-up Taryn O’Connell for the tying lay-up with 17 seconds on the clock. UNE’s chance the end the game in regulation came up short.

The Bobcats (3-5) were led by Beaulieu and O’Connell with 20 points and four rebounds apiece, and each knocked down four treys on the night. As a team, Bates attempted and made half (11-for-30) on its total shots (22 of 60) from beyond the arc.

Nason finished with 12 points and 10 boards to support the hosts, and Julia Rafferty totaled four points, eight rebounds, and six assists.

St. Joseph’s 87, Thomas 67

WATERVILLE — Thomas (2-3, 1-1 NAC) fell to Saint Joseph’s 87-67 (5-1, 0-0 GNAC) in a non-conference women’s basketball matchup Tuesday evening at Mahaney Gymnasium.

The Monks would see the score go in their favor thanks to a 9-0 run around the 14 minute mark in the first half and continued to stay hot from the court, shooting 48.5 percent from the field with four three pointers.

Thomas’ spark in the first half came from Elizabeth Goodall who had a first half high seven points off the bench along with SJC’s Danyelle Shufelt. Megan Pelletier would end the first stanza with five points and six boards.

Pelletier recorded a double-double 15 points and 10 boards in the loss for the Terriers.

For St. Joe’s, Shueflt had a game high 17 points, while Theresa Hendrix had a team high eight rebounds with nine points coming off the bench.

Men’s basketball

MMA 53, Husson 51

At Castine, Maine Maritime outscored Husson 36-13 in the first half and then held off the Eagles’ second-half advantage of 38-17 en route to the victoyr.

Andy Ball paced the 1-4 Mariners with 11 points and Ben Russell added 10. Ball also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Marc Zaharchuk led Husson with 16 points and Brooks Spaulding netted nine to go with his eight rebounds.

Thomas 88, Colby 83

WATERVILLE — Thomas (4-1, 1-1 NAC) was able to hold off a second half push to pull out an 88-83 victory over crosstown rival Colby (2-4) in a non-conference men’s basketball contest Tuesday evening at Mahaney Gymnasium.

The first half started off as a back and forth battle until the seven minute mark when the Terriers would go on a 8-0 run to open up the score to 33-21. The Mules would cut the deficit to three with two minutes remaining in the opening stanza, but the Terriers would end the half with a five point cushion, 40-35. Sean Munson (Hampton, N.H.) had 11 points off the bench for the home side, a first half high, along with two steals.

Colby would pick up their first lead of the game since the early stages of the first half at the 12 minute mark, but would only last briefly as the Terriers would respond with three’s by Jordan Hoyt and Justin Murray to give Thomas a nine point lead.

Freshman guard Levi Barnes would end up with a game high 18 points, tied with Mules forward Sam Wilson. Stanley Greene Jr. contributed with 13 points in the victory, while Eric Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) had nine points, six boards, and a game high six assists.

For the away side, Patrick Stewart recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Bates 78, UNE 40

LEWISTON, Maine — The Bates men’s basketball enjoyed its best shooting night of the season, hitting 50.8 percent of its shots from the field and 47.6% from three-point land, as the Bobcats coasted past the University of New England 78-40 on Tuesday night.

Bates (3-4) ended a four-game skid with the win, while UNE dropped to 1-7.

Billy Selmon scored a game-high 17 points, making 4-of-5 three-pointers, while Graham Safford played an outstanding all-around game with 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Safford made all three of his shots from downtown and was 5-of-6 from the field overall. Starting center Ed Bogdanovich added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in just 15 minutes of action. Taylor Gartley grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, as Bates achieved a 46-34 advantage on the glass.

Fifteen players played for the Bobcats and 16 Nor’easters saw floor time.

Bates’ Derek Murphy found Selmon open for a three that gave Bates an 18-6 lead nine minutes into the game. Bogdanovich started off the game with a layup off a deft feed from Safford, and proceeded to rack up eight points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal in the opening 5:33 of play.

Loeman and Devin Thompson cut it to eight with back-to-back jumpers, but Bates finished off the half outscoring the Nor’easters 20-6 over the final 9:25 of the period, as the Bobcats kept up a frenetic pace, and Bates led 38-16 at halftime. Bogdanovich and Safford had 10 points apiece at the break.

Loeman made all five of his shots in the second half for 12 of his points, while Selmon made all four of his attempts in the second period, including three from downtown.

Mitch Loeman made 7-of-9 shots from the field to lead the Nor’easters with 16 points, to go with six rebounds. Beyond Loeman, UNE was limited to 9-of-50 shooting from the field and 2-of-26 from three-point land. Charles Fenner added nine points.

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