FARMINGTON, Maine – New England College took full advantage of the University of Maine at Farmington's 27 turnovers and converted its opportunities at the foul line on its way to a 60-47 North Atlantic Conference women's basketball win over the Beavers, Friday night at Dearborn Gym.
Kayla Lawlor led New England College (9-9, 5-6 NAC) with 25 points, including a 12-of-14 effort at the line. She was one of three Pilgrims starters to finish in double digits, along with Taylor Burgess and Katarina Muska with 15 and 10 points respectively. Lawlor also dished out three assists.
UMaine-Farmington (7-11, 6-5 NAC) was led by Lindsay Ranquist's 15 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Ayla Allen added 12 points, while Elizabeth Ferry finished just outside of double figures with nine points. Meghan Smith hauled down nine boards to go with her six points.
Neither team shot the ball particularly impressively, with the Beavers finishing the game with a .308 field goal percentage to the Pilgrims' .293 mark from the floor. Farmington also held a slight advantage on the boards, outworking NEC 43-41.
However UMaine-Farmington's 27 turnovers led to 21 points for the Pilgrims, while the Beavers managed just 14 points off 22 New England College turnovers.
The Pilgrims also went 23-of-29 at the free throw line on 21 UMaine-Farmington fouls, including a 10-of-10 mark at the stripe over the final three-and-a-half minutes.
That late run at the foul line helped break open what had been a one-possession game with just over five minutes to play, after a pair of Allen foul shots cut the NEC lead to 46-44.
However UMaine-Farmington went 0-of-7 from the floor the rest of the way, and connected on just three foul shots – two more by Allen, and one by Hannah Roy in the game's waning seconds.
UMaine-Farmington returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 1, when it hosts NAC-foe Colby-Sawyer College at 1:00 p.m. New England College completes its two-game road swing through Maine on Saturday in a 1:00 p.m. tip-off at Thomas College.