DANBURY, Conn. – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fell to Western Connecticut State University 75-71, on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the Hat City Tournament inside of Feldman Arena.
With the loss the Mariners fall to 5-4 on the season, while Western Connecticut improves to 7-4 overall. Maine Maritime returns to action on Saturday, January 6 when they host Husson University at 1:00 pm.
Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) hit back-to-back baskets to give the Mariners an early 4-0 lead, but the Colonials fought back as Asiah Knight made a layup and Frances Snyder hit the first of Western Connecticut's 12 three-pointers to make it 5-5. Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) hit two free throws to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead but Western Connecticut went on a 14-2 run to close out the first quarter and took a 19-8 lead.
The Mariners scored nine-unanswered points, led by six points from Felix, to cut the deficit to 22-19 with 5:31 to go in the second quarter. Layups from Felix and Amanda Holewiak (Somerset, Mass.) cut the gap to 30-28 with 75 seconds remaining. The Colonials hit a three to extend the lead to five, and Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) made a pair from the line to send the Mariners into halftime down by just three (33-30).
Western Connecticut came out strong in the third quarter, building a 40-30 lead at 6:13, but the Mariners continued to battle and put together a 10-point run, sparked by three-straight points from Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine) to take a 43-42 lead with 1:24 to play in the third. The Colonials answered back and outscored the Mariners 8-4 to take a 50-47 advantage into the final quarter.
Kane splashed a three to open up the fourth quarter and tied the game at 50-50. The two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth a number of times until the Colonials used another 8-4 run in the final two minutes to take the 75-71 victory.
Felix, an All-Tournament selection, led Maine Maritime with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, and also added five assists, two steals and a block. Charters added a career-high 16 points, while adding six rebounds and six assists and Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) chipped in with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists a steal and a block. Kane finished the evening with 10 points, three steals, two rebounds and two assists.
Jancy Sherwood led the Colonials with 18 points, including five three-pointers, two steals, one rebound and one assist, and teammates Gabrielle Hurlbert and Snyder added eight points each.
The Mariners shot 48.1 percent from the floor, while the Colonials shot 27.5 percent. The Mariners held a 48-42 edge in rebounds.