MIDDLETOWN, CT – After dropping the opening game of the weekend's tournament, the Owls (0-5) would square off with the University of Valley Forge Patriots (2-4) on Saturday afternoon. The Patriots would use a big first quarter to grab the lead and hold on, downing the Owls by a score of 86-63.
The Patriots would start the game on a 16-4 run, putting the Owls in a hole early. UVF would stay hot, hitting 47.8% of their shots in the opening frame, while UMPI would connect on just two of 12 attempts from the floor, and turn the ball over seven times. The Patriots would hold a 23-8 lead after the first quarter.
The Owls would pick things up offensively from there and go on to shoot 36.2% from the floor for the game, but Valley Forge would stay hot and never really allow UMPI back into the matchup. The Patriots would shoot 50.7% from the floor for the game, and their defense would continue to give the Owls problems, forcing 29 turnovers in the game.
Rhylee Wright (SO, Frenchville, ME) would be the spark that got the Owls offense rolling, pouring in 31 points, eleven of those from the free throw line, and grabbing ten rebounds. Emilia Churchill (SO, Washburn, ME) would add nine points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
UMPI is back in action Wednesday at Thomas College. That game is scheduled for a 5 pm tip off.