FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington freshman Kennadi Grover scored 21 in her first collegiate start to lead the Beavers to an 85-52 thumping of Lyndon State College, in North Atlantic Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Dearborn Gym.
Grover went 8-of-11 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 at the free-throw line
UMaine-Farmington (3-4, 2-1 NAC) shot an even-keeled 42.6 percent from the floor while holding Lyndon State (0-4, 0-2 NAC) to just 32.8 percent shooting. The Beavers' defensive pressure tightened in the second half, when UMF allowed the Hornets to go a mere 8-of-29 from the floor.
But it was on the boards where Farmington owned Lyndon State, outworking the Hornets 63 to 22 on the glass led by Ayla Allen's 13 rebounds and Meghan Smith's 11 boards. Freshman Bridget Humphrey came off the bench to grab seven rebounds, helping UMaine-Farmington post its best single-game rebounding total since recording 63 rebounds against Thomas on January 11, 2011.
Allen completed the double-double with 15 points, mostly behind an 8-for-8 effort at the free-throw line. Junior Lindsay Ranquist and senior Hannah Roy each finished with 10 points, with Roy draining a pair of 3-pointers.
Lyndon State's Emily Gray was arguably the lone bright spot for the Hornets, leading all scorers with 29 points. The junior guard was 10-of-19 from the field including five 3-pointers, and was 4-of-4 at the line.
Chelsea Bagley tacked on nine points for Lyndon, with Drew Neal adding eight off the bench.
UMaine-Farmington opened the game on a torrid scoring pace, jumping out to an 18-0 lead and keeping Lyndon off the scoreboard for nearly seven minutes. The Hornets finally broke the shutout on a Gray 3-pointer with 13:12 showing on the first half clock.
The Beavers' 10-2 run to open the second half quickly extended Farmington's lead to 29 points, 56-27 with 17:46 left in the game – and the lead only grew from there.
UMaine-Farmington will close out the fall semester with a pair of road games this week, starting with a contest at Bowdoin College on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:00 p.m. Lyndon State will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 10, when it hosts Nichols College at 7:00 p.m. in Stannard Gymnasium.