LYNDON CENTER, VT. – The UMaine-Farmington women's basketball (3-4, 3-0) earned its third conference win this week after holding off Lyndon State on Saturday afternoon with a 62-60 victory at Stannard Gymnasium.
UMF was clinging to a five-point lead with less than five minutes left in the game. Lyndon's Emily Slayton hit a pair of three throws to cut the lead to two, but fouled freshman guard Kelly Pomerleau on the ensuing possession. The rookie hit both three throws, pushing the UMF lead back to five.
The Beavers' defense came through with a clutch stop, forcing the Hornets to miss a jumper with Rhi Jackson coming down with the defensive board. Jackson was rewarded by her teammates on the other end of the floor by nailing a jumper and getting fouled in the process. Jackson converted from the line on the old-fashioned three-point play and gave UMF a 58-50 lead with 2:32 left in regulation.
LSC's Emily Gray nailed a jumper to keep Lyndon in the game at the 2:13 mark and after a pair of missed free throws by the Beavers, Allison Brown sank a three-pointer for the Hornets, cutting the UMF lead to just three points.
After Meghan Smith made a free throw, Gray sank another three-pointer, with 42 ticks left on the clock, and UMF holding a 59-58 lead. Lyndon fouled senior Bianca Stoutamyer on the following in-bounds play. The captain hit her first free throw, but her second shot found all iron. On the miss, the ball deflected off a Lyndon defender, allowing UMF to keep possession.
UMF called a quick 30-second timeout. Once play resumed, the Beavers in-bounded the ball to junior Elizabeth Ferry, who was fouled and sent to the line. Ferry hit both shots and increased UMF's lead to 62-58 with only 34 seconds left.
On Lyndon's next possession, Marley Harmon was fouled and sent to the charity stripe. Harmon hit the first, but missed the second with teammate Abby Salvadore right there for the offensive rebound. Salavadore tried to capitalize on the second-chance opportunity, but was also fouled in the process.
Savadore failed to hit the first one but grabbed the offensive rebound as she missed the second free throw. The freshman fired off a jumper but couldn't convert and Pomerleau came down with the defensive board to seal the win for the Beavers.
Elizabeth Ferry led with the Beavers 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Smith added 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Sunday's victory marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Beavers have opened conference play with three straight wins.
UMaine-Farmington returns home on Wednesday to face Bowdoin College. Tip-off starts at 7:00pm.