St. Joe’s defensive effort gets the better of women’s hoops

St. Joe’s defensive effort gets the better of women’s hoops

FARMINGTON, Maine -- St. Joseph's College got a game-high 20 points off the bench from Abby Young and held the University of Maine at Farmington in check defensively on its way to a 58-44 win over the Beavers, in women's basketball action Monday night at Dearborn Gym.

Lindsay Moore paced the St. Joseph's (4-1) starters with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Junior guard Lindsay Ranquist paced UMaine-Farmington (1-3) with 13 points, while sophomore forward Meghan Smith charted 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Ayla Allen also hauled down seven boards to go with her four points and two blocks.

The Monks forced UMaine-Farmington into committing 25 turnovers that yielded 21 points for a St. Joseph's team that shot just 31.8 percent (21-of-66) from the field. The Beavers were slightly better at 33.3 percent (16-of-48) field goal shooting, but Farmington was held to 4-of-24 shooting in the second half (.167) and could not keep pace with a game that was tied 28-28 at the half.

The game remained tied at 31-31 at the 18:46 mark of the second half, following a Marisa Kelley layup. St. Joe's answered with a Young layup, and continued with eight more points to take a 41-31 lead with 15:59 showing on the clock.

The Monks held roughly a 10-point lead the rest of the way, extending the margin late on a Sarah Assante foul shot and another layup by Young.

In the first half, the Beavers twice built their lead up to six points, only to see the Monks rally both times when Farmington threatened to make the margin wider.

A 10-0 run by St. Joseph's in the latter part of the first half left the Monks with a 27-23 lead with 2:13 to play in the half, but a layup by Elizabeth Ferry and a Holly Oliver 3-pointer gave the Beavers a slim lead. Abbie Eastman's free throw in the waning second forced the game into the halftime tie.

UMaine-Farmington opens North Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 3, when it travels to Castine, Maine, to face Maine Maritime Academy. St. Joseph's College returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 1, when it hosts the University of Southern Maine in a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.