FARMINGTON, Maine -- In Saturday's second matchup of the season between the University of Maine at Farmington and Maine Maritime Academy, the Mariner women's basketball team came away from Dearborn Gym with a 52-48 win – thereby splitting the season series between the two teams.
And setting up round three.
The Maine Maritime (16-9, 13-5 North Atlantic Conference) win locked the Mariners into the No. 3 seed for this week's North Atlantic Conference Tournament while UMaine-Farmington (9-16, 8-10 NAC) received the No. 6 seed, meaning the two teams will face each other again on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in a quarterfinal game in Castine.
Game time has yet to be determined.
The Mariners overcame 27.0 percent shooting from the field (17-of-63) to take the win, and not a single starter scoring in double figures. Cheyenne Malloy came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points for Maine Maritime, while starter Kari Jones and reserve Rebekah Campbell each tallied nine points.
Leah Jackson hauled down a game-high 13 rebounds to go with five points and six assists.
Sophomore Elizabeth Ferry paced UMaine-Farmington offensively with 11 points, and was the only Beaver player in double digits. Senior Holly Oliver celebrated 'Senior Day' with nine points and four assists in her final game on the Dearborn Gym court.
UMaine-Farmington committed 23 turnovers leading to 24 Maine Maritime points, helping the Mariners overcome their shooting woes. And while the teams were an even 44 to 44 on the boards, the Mariners' 19 to 9 advantage on the offensive glass produced 13 second-chance points for MMA.
Malloy's 3-pointer with 2:54 showing on the clock broke a 46-46 tie, the fourth deadlock of the second half, and gave the Mariners a lead they held the rest of the way.
Sophomore Ayla Allen pulled the Beavers to within one on her jumper with 1:19 remaining. Jackson's reply attempt for the Mariners was off-target, but each side proceeded to turn the ball over in short order without even getting away a shot.
A Farmington foul eventually put Malloy on the line for two shots, and she converted both to extend the Maine Maritime lead to three, 51-48, with :20 on the clock.
Junior Lindsay Ranquist was fouled on her drive to the basket with under five seconds remaining, but she missed both shots and the Beavers' missed their best chance to catch the Mariners.