PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (3-16) could not overcome an early deficit, falling to the University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals (8-10) by a final score of 62-48.
A slow first quarter would be the difference in the game, as the Owls offense would stalemate in the final four minutes of the first quarter, allowing the Bengals to finish on an 8-0 run and take a 21-7 lead. UMFK would stretch out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter, but UMPI would close the gap from there and outscore their guests by five in the second half. The Owls were never able to close on that early deficit however, allowing the Bengals to hold on to a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
The Owls would create 22 Fort Kent turnovers in the game, but would shoot 23.8% from the floor. The Bengals would have the rebounding advantage, 46-39 and would shoot 40.4% for the game. UMFK would score 26 points in the paint to the Owls' 14, and get 23 points from bench players.
Rhylee Wright (SO, Frenchville, ME) would lead all scorers with 31 points, adding 13 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. Marissa Reagle (FR, Seattle, WA) would contribute nine rebounds, while Emilia Churchill (SO, Washburn, ME) would score five points.
Savanna Jankowski (SO, Cleveland, OH) and Tate Dolley (SO, Machias, ME) would each score 14 points for the Bengals.
These two teams will meet again in Fort Kent on February 15th. That rematch will be the season finale for the Owls.
UMPI will be on the road on Tuesday to face Maine Maritime. That game will start at 5:30 pm.