Friday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (6-5, 2-3 NAC) vs. New England College (6-4, 3-2 NAC) 5:30 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Colby-Sawyer College (8-3, 4-1 NAC), 1:00 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series Histories: The Pilgrims hold an 8-6 all-time record of the Mariners, and have won the last two meetings. Before that, the Mariners won two in a row. The Mariners are 3-3 when hosting the Pilgrims inside of Smith Gymnasium.
The Chargers are 9-6 all-time against the Mariners, but the Mariners hold a 5-2 record when hosting. The two teams have exchanged victories in the last four matchups.
January 28, 2017 – New England College 62 - Maine Maritime Academy 60
The Mariners and Pilgrims met twice last season, with the Pilgrims sweeping the two contests. The two teams last met on January 28, 2017 and New England College came away with the 62-60 victory in Castine, Maine.
Rene Hudson hit a three to open up the scoring for the Pilgrims, but the Mariners battled back with two points from Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine), Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.), and Kristi Willey to take a 6-3 lead.
The Pilgrims put together an 11-2 run to take a 12-8 lead, and held onto that lead until two free throws from McLean with 4:53 to go in the second quarter tied the game at 22-22. New England College scored eight-unanswered points to rebuild a 30-22 advantage, but the Mariners continued to battle, outscoring the Pilgrims 7-3 to close out the half and cut the deficit to four points (33-29).
The two teams exchanged baskets back-and-forth early in the third quarter, before the Mariners put together a six-point run, led by four points from Felix, to tie the game at 39-39 at 2:21. Tiffany Davis made a layup for the Pilgrims but Felix capitalized on a three-point play to give the Mariners a 42-41 lead at 1:37. Hudson hit a three to put the Pilgrims back up by two, and NEC took a 46-44 lead into the final quarter.
Hudson hit a jumper to breaking nearly two minutes without scoring to open up the fourth quarter, putting the Pilgrims up 48-44. Felix made a basket on the other end to close the gap to two, but NEC hit one from the line to make it 49-46 at 7:24. The Mariners scored seven-unanswered points to take a 53-49 lead with 4:17 to play, but the Pilgrims responded with nine-unanswered points to take a 58-53 lead. Felix hit another layup to close the gap to three with 28 seconds to go and NEC's Davis made one of her free throws to make it a four-point game just a second later.
Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) splashed a three with 24 seconds to go to close the gap to 59-58, the Pilgrims only hit one of their free throws once again, to keep the Mariners in the game and Alex Winchester hit a jumper with 17 seconds to go to make to tie the game at 60-60, but Utshana Durham navigated through the Mariner defenders and made a layup in the final seconds of the game to lift the Pilgrims to victory.
Felix led all players with 25 points, while also adding three rebounds, three steals, and an assist, McLean ended the afternoon with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals, and an assist.
Hudson led the Pilgrims with 20 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block, and Durham added 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Davis led all players with nine rebounds, while also adding six points and a steal.
February 21, 2017- NAC Quarterfinals: Colby-Sawyer College 79 – Maine Maritime Academy 55
The Mariners and Chargers met three times last season with the Chargers holding the 2-1 record. The most recent matchup came in the NAC Quarterfinals on February 21, 2017. The Chargers defeated the Mariners 79-55 in New London, N.H.
The Mariners got on the board first on a layup from Alayne Felix but the Chargers scored 11-unanswered points to take the 11-2 lead at 6:07. The Mariners closed the gap to four points on a number of different occasions in the first 10 minutes of play and entered the second quarter down 20-16.
Maine Maritime closed the Chargers' lead to three with 4:23 to play in the second quarter, following four-straight points from Felix and continued to fight making it a two-point game (36-34) with 1:15 to go, but the Chargers closed out the first half with a 39-34 advantage.
The Chargers began to pull away midway through the third quarter when they took a 10-point lead and went on to lead by as much as 18 (56-38) with 50 seconds remaining. The Mariners got within 14 points early in the final quarter but the Chargers hung on for the 79-55 victory.
Felix led all players with 26 points while also pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out four assists, Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) added eight points, a team-leading eight rebounds and a block and Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) contributed seven points, one assist and a steal.
Lexi Iannone and Lexie Hamilton led the Chargers with 17 points each, Iannone added six rebounds, and a steal and Hamilton contributed 10 assists for the double-double, and chipped in with five rebounds and four steals. Amanda Calvo tallied 12 points, four steals, three assists and a rebound and Tianna Sugars rounded out the Colby-Sawyer players in double-figures with 10 points, six rebounds and a block.
Maine Maritime shot 35 percent from the floor, compared to Colby-Sawyer's 43.3 percent. The Mariners struggled from three-point land, hitting just one of their 14 attempts while the Chargers shot 41.2 percent from beyond the arc (7-17) and won the battle of the boards with 45 rebounds compared to the Mariners' 33.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Alayne Felix 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.
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 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.
New England College's Last Game: The New England College women's basketball team suffered an 82-38 loss to No. 4 Bowdoin College on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
The Pilgrims received a team-best seven points and eight rebounds from sophomore Jada Black. Freshman Samantha Broyer hit two three-pointers for six points off the bench, while classmate Anoushka Boatswain had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Thirteen different players scored for the Polar Bears in the win, led by Maddie Hasson with 12 points off the bench. Taylor Choate scored 11 points, while Kate Kerrigan and Lydia Caputi finished with nine points each.
Bowdoin tallied 15 steals in the win and received three steals apiece from Moira Train and Annie Maher.
The Polar Bears wasted little time taking control, using a 14-4 in the first 2:45 of the game to set the tone. The Polar Bears would hold NEC to four points over the first eight minutes of the game, until a layup by Corina Moore ended the scoring drought and brought the score to 26-6. NEC rounded out the quarter with a pair of free-throws by Ashley Lopez to bring end the frame at 26-8.
Bowdoin outscored NEC 16-10 in the second quarter for a halftime score of 42-18. The first half saw Bowdoin shoot 37.1 percent from the floor (13-35), while NEC shot 26.9 percent (7-26). The Pilgrims committed 17 first-half turnovers off which the Polar Bears scored 20 points.
The Polar Bears used an 8-for-15 effort (53.3 percent) in the third quarter to increase their lead by 10 points, and outscored the Pilgrims 16-6 in the final quarter for the 82-38 victory.
Bowdoin finished with a 41.5 percent effort from the floor (27-65) while holding NEC to at 28.8 percent efficiency (15-52). The Polar Bears held advantages in points in the paint (38-20), points off turnovers (33-7), second-chance points (16-9), fast break points (18-2) and bench points (45-17).
Colby-Sawyer College's Last Game: The Colby-Sawyer women's basketball team led from the opening tip and defeated Bates College, 65-55, at the David L. Coffin Field House Tuesday evening.
In a battle of starting 5s, Colby-Sawyer outscored Bates 60-53. The Chargers received five points from their bench, while the Bobcats got two.
Colby-Sawyer senior Emmani Robinson poured in a career-high 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead all players. Sophomore Tianna Sugars notched her fifth double-double of the season and third straight with 14 points and a game best 15 rebounds. Sophomore Lexie Hamilton added 10 points and eight assists, while senior Amanda Calvo contributed 10 points and three blocks.
Bates was led by sophomore Melanie Binkhorst. She scored 19 points on 8-of-14 and added a game-high four steals. Senior Emily Freeland scored 17 points for the Bobcats. Senior Nina Davenport came away with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Colby-Sawyer began the contest with three buckets by three different players to take a 6-0 lead three minutes into the first quarter. After a Davenport layup got the visitors on the board, the Chargers went in front 9-2 with a Robinson free throw and a jumper by Calvo. With 2:59 left in the frame, Binkhorst brought Bates to within four after a layup, 13-9, but Colby-Sawyer finished with a 7-1 run capped by a trey from freshman Mackenzie Buzzell to take a 20-10 lead after one.
The home team added to its lead in the second after an Alli Barrett trey put Colby-Sawyer ahead 32-15 at the 6:14 mark. The Chargers held a double-digit lead throughout the second thanks to 50% shooting from the floor and led 38-23 at the break.
Bates shot the ball better than the Chargers in the third quarter, but each team made five baskets. The Bobcats made a three-pointer and two more free throws than Colby-Sawyer to win the quarter 15-12. The Chargers still held a 50-38 advantage after three.
The Bobcats also won the fourth quarter but only by a two-point margin, giving the Chargers the 65-55 victory. A Davenport layup in the opening seconds of the fourth brought Bates to within 10 and later the Bobcats cut the deficit to nine, 56-47, with a Taylor McVeigh layup midway through the stanza. Colby-Sawyer did not let Bates get any closer as the lead was pushed back to 15 with less than two minutes to play.
The Chargers outscored Bates 42-20 in the paint and used 13 offensive rebounds to hold a 16-3 advantage in second chance points.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 63.5 points, 42.9 rebounds and 15.9 assists per game. The team is shooting 40.0 percent from the floor, 26.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.4 percent from the free throw line.
The Pilgrims: Rene Hudson is leading the Pilgrims with 15.4 points and 2.0 steals per game. Jada Black leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game and Haleigh Martin leads the team with 2.3 assists per game.
As a team the Pilgrims are averaging 65.9 points, 50.5 rebounds, and 12.4 assists per game. The team is shooting 36.5 percent from the floor,
28.3 percent from beyond the arc and 54.7 percent from the line.
The Chargers: Tiana Sugars is averaging 13.6 points, 11.3 rebounds per game, and 1.8 blocks per game, Lexie Hamilton averages 12.6 points per game while leading the team with 6.7 assists per game and Emmani Robinson averages 10.5 points and leads the team with 3.1 steals per game.
As a team the Chargers are averaging 61.6 points, 44.3 rebounds, and 13.7 assists per game. The team is shooting 37.1 percent from the floor, 26.1 percent from three-point land, and 66.3 from the line.