NEC Edges UMF in Closing Minute, 54-45

NEC Edges UMF in Closing Minute, 54-45

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington women's basketball team (8-6, 6-2) snapped a five-game winning streak on Friday night with a 54-45 North Atlantic Conference loss to New England College (10-6, 4-5) in Dearborn Gymnasium.

Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine/Boothbay Region) recorded her tenth double-double of the season with a game-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Smith shot 7-of-14 from the floor and made three free throws. Kelly Pomerleau (Turner, Maine/St. Dominic Academy) had a solid outing with seven points, three rebounds, and one assist. Emma Duggan (Lancaster, Mass./Nashoba Regional) added six points for the Beavers and knocked down a pair from beyond the arc.

The Pilgrims had a pair of starters score in double figures with Breana Ramirez leading the way with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds. The junior was 5-of-11 of the field and made all six attempts at the charity stripe. Laquil McKnight scored 10 points for NEC, grabbed five rebounds, and tallied four steals.

The two squads traded baskets for nearly the entire game with ten lead changes and three ties. Despite solid production from UMF's bench, the Pilgrims used points off turnovers and second chance points to snap UMF's winning streak. In the closing minute, NEC knocked down a three-pointer and made five of its final six attempts at the line.

UMaine-Farmington hosts Colby-Sawyer on Saturday afternoon in conference action.