Thursday’s college roundup, women’s basketball: UMF 63, Thomas 49

Posted Jan. 10, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 10, 2013, at 9:33 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — The University of Maine-Farmington Beavers held the lead for the majority of the first half, with its largest lead being 12 at the 4:59 mark when they went on an 8-0 run en route to a 63-49 women’s basketball victory over the Thomas College Terriers Thursday night.

UMF is now 4-8 overall and 4-3 in the North Atlantic Conference while Thomas slipped to 3-8, 2-6.

In the first half, Thomas shot 34.8% (8-23) from the field, while the visitors responded shooting 37.5% (12-32) overall, adding four from downtown going 26.7% (4-15). Thomas held the slim advantage in rebounds 20-19 in the opening stanza.

UMF’s Kenni Norton led the half with 15 points, while Jasmine Bishop had a game-leading nine board for the home side.

Thomas was not able cut the deficit in the second half, as University of Maine at Farmington increased their lead margin throughout the second half, leading by as many as 20 at one points.

For the Terriers, Emilee Reynolds recorded a team high 15 points, shooting 4-9 from the field and adding six rebounds. Bishop had a contest leading 13 rebounds in the loss.

Norton ended up with a game high 26 points for UMF in the victory, shooting 10-17 from the floor, and 2-8 from beyond the arc. Holly Oliver chipped in with eight points and a team leading eight boards for the Beavers.

Overall, Thomas shot 33.3% (17-51) from the floor and 65.2% (15-23) from the charity stripe. University of Maine-Farmington shot 36.4% (24-66) from the field, 24.2% (8-33) from beyond the arc, and 53.8% (7-13) from the line. Thomas held the advantage in rebounds (47-35) in a losing effort.

UNE 57, Curry 39

MILTON, Mass. — Freshman Michaela Flanagan tallied a game-high and season-best 15 points while senior Beth Suggs totaled 13 points and 19 rebounds as the University of New England women’s basketball team picked up a 57-39 Commonwealth Coast Conference victory over Curry College Thursday evening at the Student Center Gym.

With their seventh straight victory against the Colonels and 17th in the last 18 meetings, the Nor’easters improve to 8-4 overall and 5-0 in CCC action. Curry falls back to 6-6 on the year (2-3 CCC).

Flanagan did her damage in just 16 minutes of playing time off the bench, knocking down all four of her three-point attempts in the process. She also grabbed six rebounds and a pair of steals in the contest.

The double-double for Suggs was her seventh of the season, and the forward added a pair of blocks. Suggs was more than the difference in the rebounding differential, with the Big Blue holding a 55-37 advantage on the glass.

UNE sophomore Kelly Coleman chipped in with 11 points, and freshmen Sadie DiPierro and Lauren Hayden had seven apiece. Fellow rookie Meghan Gribbin dished out five assists.

For the Colonels, Christine Deiorio led the way with 11 points and Jeanette Fallon contributed 10.

The Nor’easters’ attack was balanced in the initial frame, as the visitors surged out to a 29-11 cushion at the break while limiting their opponents to 17 percent (5 for 30) shooting in the period. After surrendering an opening layup to Curry, UNE reeled off 22 unanswered points over a 12-minute span to assume control.

The margin swelled to as many as 26 (47-21) midway through the second half.

Men’s Basketball

Johnson & Wales 60, St. Joseph’s 56

Providence, R.I. – The Johnson & Wales University men’s basketball squad defeated St. Joseph’s of Maine by a score of 60-56 in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest at the Wildcat Center on Thursday evening.

Johnson & Wales was led by junior Curtis Lucas with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists while junior Frank Robinson also had 17 points and five boards for the Wildcats. Freshman Tom Garrick, Jr. added 12 points while fellow rookie Quarry Greenway was also in double figures with 11 points, four rebounds and five blocks.

Junior Matthew Medeiros paced St. Joseph’s of Maine with 22 points while junior Steve Simonds was also in double-figures with 10 points and six boards for the Monks.

St. Joseph’s of Maine took the early 6-1 lead, but Johnson & Wales responded with a 14-4 run, capped by a free throw by Robinson to take the 15-10 advantage with 11:32 left in the first half. The Wildcats first double-digit lead came with 5:28 remaining in the half when a layup by Lucas made the score 28-17.

JWU again boosted their lead to double figures on a layup by Robinson to make the score 46-36 with just over 13:00 left in the contest. St. Joseph’s climbed back into the game and cut the lead down to 54-49 on a layup by Medeiros with seven minutes remaining. SJC cut the lead to 58-56 on a layup by senior Julio Vasquez with 1:08 remaining. That would be as close as the Monks would get, however as Garrick, Jr. hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to secure the 60-56 win for the Wildcats.

With the win Johnson & Wales improves to 6-7 on the season and 5-1 in league play while St. Joseph’s of Maine falls to 7-5 for the year and 3-3 in the GNAC.

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