CASTINE, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team rallied from a five-point first half deficit to knock off Maine Maritime Academy, 67-62, in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball game Tuesday.
The Beavers improved to 2-3 overall, 1-0 in the NAC, while the Mariners dropped to 2-3, 0-1 NAC.
Sophomore forward Ayla Allen paced Farmington with 20 points, and Lindsay Ranquist added 16. Meghan Smith grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, leading a UMaine-Farmington squad that enjoyed a commanding 54 to 40 advantage on the glass.
The Mariners' Kari Jones poured in a career-high 27 points on 9-of-20 shooting. She connected on a school-record eight threes, eclipsing the previous mark of seven. Leah Jackson recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Hannah Lyons dished out a game-high 10 assists.
Deadlocked for the sixth time, 14-14, with 11:12 left in the first half, the Mariners took a five-point lead after Jones connected on a jumper and drained a trey. The Beavers got within one twice, the second time coming after Ranquist's three made it 27-26 with 5:45 remaining.
Maine Maritime responded with an 8-0 run, with five points from Kristi Willey and three from Jones, to lead 35-26 with 2:35 left. Farmington closed out the first half with four unanswered, on layup by Kennadi Grover and a pair of free throws from Allen, to cut the Mariners' lead to 35-30 at the break.
The Mariners enjoyed that lead for the first five minutes of the second half before the Beavers erased the deficit. Consecutive 3-pointers by Allen and Ranquist finally gave UMaine-Farmington a 43-41 lead with 13:56 left in the game. The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth over the next three minutes, until Allen's traditional three-point play put UMF in front for good, 47-45.
Farmington extended its lead to eight, 60-52, with 3:45 showing on the clock, but Maine Maritime rallied to outscore the Beavers 10-4 over the next two-and-a-half minutes. A pair of threes by Jones capped the run, pulling the Mariners to within two, 64-62, with just 68 seconds on the clock.
Allen helped preserve the win with three free throws down the stretch, while defensively the Beavers held the Mariners to just three field goal attempts, all off the mark.
UMaine-Farmington returns to action at home on Friday, Dec. 6, when it hosts Johnson State College in the second game of a NAC doubleheader. Maine Maritime continues NAC play on the road at Husson University on Saturday, Dec. 7.