Owls Pull Away in Second Half to Earn Victory

Owls Pull Away in Second Half to Earn Victory

NEW YORK, NY – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Basketball team (2-7) rounded out their first semester slate of games with a visit to Yeshiva University (2-10).  The Maccabees would hold a lead at half, but a strong second half from the Owls would give them an 81-67 victory.

The two teams would go back and forth in the opening quarter, making small runs to swap leads on multiple occasions.  Yeshiva would hold their biggest lead of the game early in the second quarter.  A 6-2 run to start the period would give the Maccabees a 25-19 lead.  The Owls would answer back, but the home team would not surrender their lead for the rest of the quarter and go into intermission up by four.  UMPI would turn the tables to start the third quarter, going on an 11-2 run and taking a lead they would not give up for the rest of the game.  The Owls would go ten for twenty from the floor in the quarter, including four of six from behind the arc, to build a seven-point lead going into the final period.  Maine-Presque Isle would continue to be efficient from the floor and convert their free throws late in the game to seal a 14-point victory.

The Owls would get a big advantage from the charity stripe in this game, hitting 24 of 31 attempts from the line.  UMPI would grab 55 rebounds and shoot 34.7% from the field.  They would knock down seven of 18 attempts from behind the three-point arc on their way to victory.

Sydney Churchill (SR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would lead the Owls with 19 points, while grabbing 8 rebounds and dealing out seven assists.  Amanda Hotham (SR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would amass a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 17 rebounds while also being credited with five steals.  Rhylee Wright (FR, Frenchville, ME) would also score 15 for the Owls.  Two players for the Maccabees would record double-doubles, as Michal Algae (JR, Boston, MA) would lead all scorers with 25 points and grab 12 rebounds.  Simee Rosner (SR, Woodsburgh, NY) would add 19 points and 15 rebounds to the effort.

The Owls will take some time off for the Holidays and return in the new year.  They will step on the court next on January 3rd and 4th when they participate in the annual CAN/AM Tournament hosted this year by the University of New Brunswick St. John.