JOHNSON, Vt. --Johnson State College and the University of Maine at Farmington played right down to the wire before the Badgers could finish a 66-65 North Atlantic Conference women's basketball victory, Saturday afternoon at Carter Gymnasium.
UMaine-Farmington's conference record evened out at 7-7, with an 8-14 overall mark. Johnson State improved to 7-13 overall, 7-7 in conference play.
UMF, Johnson State, and New England College are all tied for fifth in the NAC standings with identical 7-7 league records.
For UMaine-Farmington, junior Lindsay Ranquist led her teammates with 17 points, pulling down nine rebounds and swiping two steals. Teammate Ayla Allen notched 16 points, while freshman Kennadi Grover came off the bench to score 12 points with three rebounds.
Johnson used a mixture of three-pointers and layups to tame the Beavers, seeing three players netting shots from beyond the arc. Brittany Robertson led the way for the Badgers with a game-high 21 points and three assists, while freshman teammates Ashley Goddard and Domonique Carter-Stanley both pitched in 10 points respectively.
The Badgers fell behind early but fought back and took the lead with a Robertson three pointer at the 10:00 mark in the opening stanza. Johnson slowly built up the lead with solid shooting and getting to the free throw line. The Beavers continued to hang tough but the Badgers were able to take a 34-25 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the second half, both teams traded blows and eventually the game tightened to a one-point affair with a jumper from Ranquist. The Beavers' rally fell short in the end with key made free throws from Goddard to put Johnson ahead by three. The Beavers could not get the needed three points to force OT and the Badgers held on for a tough one point win.
Johnson State shot 40.3 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range. The Badgers also put up a solid effort from the free throw line, shooting 66.7 percent. UMaine-Farmington shot 39.3 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc in their losing effort.
UMaine-Farmington returns to action on its home floor on Friday, Feb. 14, when it hosts Green Mountain College at 5:30 p.m., as part of the first game of a doubleheader. The UMF men's team will host Green Mountain at 7:30 p.m. in Dearborn Gym.