GAME RECAP • 11/16/2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL vs. BOWDOIN COLLEGE
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Castine, ME—The University of Maine Fort Kent women’s basketball team dropped two games this weekend at the Maine Maritime Invitational to begin the season. On Saturday evening, UMFK dropped a tight contest to host Maine Maritime 63-57. Sunday the Bengals were outmatched against the #20 team in Division III Bowdoin College and dropped that contest 74-45.
Against Maine Maritime, UMFK went neck and neck with the host school in a game that featured 7 lead changes and 7 ties. Ultimately it was MMA who was the better team late as they advanced to the championship game. UMFK led by 5 at the half and were able to maintain the lead until the 10:29 mark when Kristi Willey made two free throws to put the Mariners up 43-42. The Bengals would battle until the end but could never get any close than 4 the rest of the way. Senior Ericka Saucier was big for the Bengals inside posting a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds but fouled out with 3:30 to go. Fellow Senior Danielle Carrillo and Junior transfer Bobbi Myles had 10 apiece. UMFK was unable to overcome MMA junior Mary Badeen who finished with a career high 28 points.
In the consolation game against powerhouse Bowdoin College, the Bengals hung around for the first 7 minutes but the experience and defensive pressure of the Polar Bears prevailed through as they led by 17 at the half. Bowdoin forced UMFK into 34 turnovers and converted those into 38 points. The Bengals were only able to attempt 39 shots on the evening. The bright spot on the evening was the junior Myles who came off the bench to score 14 points in just 15 minutes of action. Bowdoin was led by Megan Phelps who had 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Siena Mitman (10), Sara Binkhorst (11), and Lauren Petit (15) were also in double figures.
The UMFK women will be back in action Saturday November 22nd when they host UMaine Machias in a men’s/women’s double header. The men will tip off at 2pm, with the women scheduled at 4pm.