CASTINE, Maine – Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) scored a career-high 31 points to lead Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball to a 67-59 victory over Colby College on Tuesday evening in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
With the win the Mariners improve to 6-5 on the season, while the Mules slip to 6-6 overall.
The Mariners jumped out to a 2-0 lead following a layup from Felix but the two teams exchanged the lead back-and-forth numerous times throughout the first 10 minutes of play and the Mules took a narrow 19-17 lead into the second quarter.
Felix hit a pair from the line to make it 19-19 and added a layup less than a minute later to give the Mariners a 21-19 lead. The Mules tied the game for the fifth time, but Felix made two from the charity stripe and Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) made a jumper to give the Mariners their biggest lead of the half, 25-21 with 5:05 to play.
Colby tied the game at 25-25 at 3:40, but a Felix layup gave the Mariners the two-point lead with 2:42 to play in the half. Paige Russell made a three on the other end to make it 28-27, but Smedley added a basket to send the Mariners into halftime with a 29-28 advantage.
Maine Maritime's Felix led all players in the first half with 17 points, while Ainsley Burns led the Mules with nine points, on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point land.
The start of the third quarter mirrored the first half until the Mariners went on a 7-2 run in the last two minutes to take 46-41 lead into the final quarter.
The Mariners never looked back in the fourth quarter, leading by as much as 12 points to claim the 67-59 victory.
Felix led all players with 31 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block, while Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) added 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds, five assists, and a steal.
Burns and Haley Driscoll led the Mules with 12 points apiece. Burns also added five rebounds, two steals and a block while Driscoll chipped in with six rebounds, an assist and a block. Russell ended the evening with 11 points, five rebounds, and an assist and Emily Davis pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Mariners shot 51.1 percent from the floor while the Mules shot 34.9 percent. The Mules held a 35-31 advantage in rebounds.