FARMINGTON, Maine – Sophomore guard Kennadi Grover's team-leading 14 points powered the UMaine-Farmington women's basketball team (1-4, 1-0) to a 60-54 victory over North Atlantic Conference opponent Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday evening at Dearborn Gymnasium.
Maine Maritime set the tone early in the first half, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Beavers fought back with six unanswered points to take a, 6-5, lead with 16:52 remaining. MMA and UMF continued to battle for the lead, a feat that changed five times over the course of the first half. The largest deficit was seven points when the Mariners led, 21-15, with just over seven minutes remaining.
Junior Elizabeth Ferry guided the Beavers back into the game with a pair of layups and timely free throw shooting, but Maritime still had the edge at halftime, 31-28.
UMF took the lead four minutes into the second half and never looked back. The Beavers offense increased the lead to nine at the 10:15 mark, but the Mariners clawed their way back into the game. In a two-minute span, MMA hit two shots from beyond the arc and hit four clutch free throws to cut UMF's lead, 51-50 with 7:09 remaining.
The UMF defense held MMA to six points for the remainder of the game, making the Mariners resort to desperation fouls down the stretch. UMF shut the door at the free throw line by hitting 3-of-4 in the final seconds.
Grover scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and finished 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Ferry was only a bucket away from a double double with eight points and 11 rebounds. MMA's Mary Badeen led all scorers with 19 points and dished five assists.
UMaine-Farmington continues conference play on Friday as the Beavers travel to Johnson State at 5:30pm.