The University of Maine at Fort Kent battled all the way back from 22 points down in the second half but fell short losing 67-65 to seven-seeded St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn, NY) in a consolation game at the 2014 USCAA Basketball National Championships in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. UMFK finishes the season at 12-9 reaching their second straight USCAA National Championship.
The Lady Bengals trailed by 20 at the half (43-23) and by 22 early in the second but used a 12-0 run in less than five minutes to get within 10 (47-37) with 13:43 left in the contest. SJC then got the lead back up to 13 but UMFK answered again and climbed all the way back and took their first lead of the game at 62-61 on junior Emily Bard’s (Fort Kent, Maine) third three of the second half. Kayla Richards (SO G Presque Isle, Maine) scored a lay-up to give UMFK a three-point edge and following a SJC made jump shot Richards sank one of two free throws to knot the game up at 65. However, Kristin D’Chiuttis drove base line and scored a lay-up for SJC with 2.9 seconds left for a 67-65 lead. Following a UMFK timeout, the Lady Bengals were whistled for a player control foul with .3 left and SJC in-bounded to end the game.
Bard finished with 11 points, all in the second half, and Richards and Samantha Carapellucci (SO F Fort Kent, Maine) added 11 points each. Carapellucci added a game-high 15 rebounds for her second double-double of the tournament. Richards had four assists and four steals and junior Jasmin Rowland (F Salinas, California) contributed 13 rebounds and four assists.
Megan Moran led SJC (15-12) with 28 points on 12-14 shooting and Kelly McNamee added 12. Taylor Raccuglia dished out a game-high 11 assists and Smantha Retas snatched a team-high 14 boards for the winners.