HENNIKER, N.H. -- The University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team shot an impressive 54% from the field in the second half and breezed past New England College, 72-59, in a North Atlantic Conference women's basketball contest Saturday afternoon.
With the win the Beavers improved their overall record to 5-8 and improved to 4-2 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play. The loss drops the Pilgrims to 7-5 on the season and 4-2 in the NAC.
New England College jumped out to an early 13-point, 19-6, nine minutes into the opening half. Farmington responded as the Beavers would be in the bonus just five minutes into the game, converting on 14-of-18 foul shots to cut the lead to 28-26 with just over a minute on the clock. The Pilgrims would net a hoop late to extend their lead to four, but UMaine-Farmington's Bridget Humphrey would sink two layups in the final minutes and send the two teams into halftime knotted at 30-30.
The Pilgrims went up six in the opening minutes of the second half before the Beavers went on a 16-4 run to grab a 46-40 lead with 13 minutes left to play. NEC came back to knot the game at 46-46, but another 12-point run by the Beavers would give them a lead they would not relinquish on their way to an eventual 72-59 victory.
Kennadi Grover paced UMaine-Farmington with 14 points and eight rebounds. In addition, Lindsay Ranquist scored a team-high 15 points, while Holly Oliver led the team with nine rebounds and six assists.
NEC's Kayla Lawlor led all scorers with 19 points, while Kiley Williams chipped in 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Pilgrims' Breana Ramirez led all rebounders with 12 on the afternoon.
The Beavers return home for their next two conference games, starting with a matchup with Husson University on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Dearborn Gym.