GORHAM, Maine – The UMaine-Farmington women's basketball team (0-1, 0-0) opened the 2014-2015 season with a, 81-42, loss at Southern Maine in the USM Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.
The UMF defense kept the game close for much of the first half, keeping the largest deficit of the game to seven points at the 12:06 mark. Elizabeth Ferry notched a layup two minutes later to cut the lead to five, then Bianca Stoutamayer made a layup of her own to get the Beavers within three.
The Huskies offense exploded late in the first half, with a 19-6 run, taking a 34-18 advantage into the locker room on 14-of-33 shooting,. The USM defense forced UMF to nine first half turnovers and 7-of-26 shooting from the floor.
Stoutamayer drained a three pointer 2:24 into the second half to cut the USM lead to 13, but the USM offense continued its hot streak. The Huskies added a 14-0 run and held UMF scoreless for four minutes.
The Beavers offense continued to attack the basket, forcing USM to foul. UMF cashed in by converting 8-for-10 from the charity stripe in the second half, including 4-for-4 from rookie Kelly Pomerleau in a 1:06 span.
USM finished the game on 31-of-68 from the floor, 7-of-21 from three-point land, and 12-of-20 from the charity stripe, and forced 19 Beaver turnovers on 11 steals. Me.-Farmington shot 14-of-59 and 10-of-15 from the free throw line.
Bianca Stoutamayer led the Beavers with eight points and two boards. Kelly Pomerleau added six points; five rebounds, and dished two assists in her UMF debut. Four of USM's five starters scored in double-digits with Rebecca Knight scoring a game-high 12 points.
UMaine-Farmington will play the non-advancing team of Bridgewater State and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 1:00pm on Sunday for the consolation game of the USM Tip-Off Classic.