Wednesday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (16-7, NAC 11-5) vs. Thomas College (9-14, NAC 6-10), 5:30 p.m., Smith Gymnasium, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Mariners hold a 32-13 all-time record over the Terriers, including 10-straight victories, in a rivalry that dates back to 1996. The Mariners are 18-6 when hosting the Terriers in Castine.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball cruised to an 80-58 victory against Thomas College on January 23 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Mahaney Gymnasium.
The Terriers jumped out to a 5-0 lead but Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) hit a three to bring the Mariners within two (5-3), and Mikayla Charters (Newport, Maine) made a layup to give the Mariners a 6-5 lead. The Terriers responded on the other end and took a 7-5 edge.
After exchanging baskets, Thomas College hit another three to take a 12-7 lead. Alayne Felix (Mahopac, N.Y.) drew a foul and hit a pair from the line to close the gap to 12-9. Minutes later after stealing the ball and drawing the foul, Felix made two more from the line to close the gap to 12-11.
The Mariners went on an 8-2 run to take a 19-14 lead with just over two minutes to go and took a 23-17 lead into the second quarter.
The Mariners outscored the Terriers 11-4 to start the second quarter and took a 34-21 lead following a steal and a three-pointer by Eryn Doiron (Wilton, Maine). Charters added a layup to stretch the lead to 15, and the Mariners outscored the Terriers 5-2 to close out the quarter and took a 41-23 lead into halftime.
Felix led the Mariners in the first half with nine points, while both Morgan Boudreau (Benton, Maine) and Chloe Smedley (York, Maine) chipped in with eight points. Molly Carroll led the Terriers with seven points in the first half.
Maine Maritime scored 10-unanswered points to open up the third quarter, but the Terriers responded with back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to 53-29. Odgen drained a three and drew a foul giving the Mariners a 57-29 lead following the successful four-point play and Smedley hit a jumper to extend the lead to 30 points at 3:30. The Mariners took a 62-36 lead into the fourth quarter and never looked back claiming the 80-58 victory.
Smedley led the Mariners with 15 points, five rebounds, one steal and one block, while Felix ended the evening with 13 points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and a block and Ogden chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Carroll and Karli Stubbs led Thomas with 11 points each. Carroll added two rebounds, two assists and two blocks, and Stubbs had three rebounds and an assist, while Nikki Bradstreet contributed 10 points, a rebound, an assist, and a steal.
The Mariners shot 42.9 percent from the floor while the Terriers shot 34.5 percent. Maine Maritime held a 41-39 edge in rebounds.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball defeated Lyndon State College 67-47 last Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action inside of Smith Gymnasium.
Mikayla Hodge put the Hornets on the board first, but the Mariners scored six-unanswered points to take a 6-2 lead with 8:08 to go in the first quarter. Lyndon closed the gap to one (6-5) with a three-point play by Hodge but the Mariners began to pull away, and carried a 17-13 advantage into the second quarter.
Melinda Ogden and Caitlin Kane (Wilton, Maine) hit threes to open up the second quarter, and the Mariners took their biggest lead of the half (27-16) at 6:02. The Hornets battled back and outscored the Mariners 10-3 to finish up the half and cut the lead to 30-26 entering halftime.
Megan McLean (Eliot, Maine) and Ogden led the Mariners with eight points each in the first half, while Hodge led the Hornets with 16 points.
The Hornets came out strong in the third quarter and tied the game at 34-34, but a three-point play by Kane put the Mariners ahead by three and a layup by Mikayla Charters stretched the lead to five. The Mariners outscored the Hornets 5-2 in the final minutes of the quarter to take a 44-36 lead into the fourth.
The two teams swapped three-pointers to open up the fourth quarter, but McLean hit the first of three three-pointers for the Mariners, and the hosts took a 59-43 lead midway through the quarter. Maine Maritime outscored the Hornets 23-11 in the final quarter to cruise to the 20-point victory.
McLean led the Mariners with a career-high 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Alayne Felix added 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal and Ogden finished the afternoon with 14 points, four assists, three rebounds and a steal.
Hodge tallied a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hornets, while also adding a pair of blocks and a steal. Alissa Mitchell added nine points, five rebounds, three steals and as assist.
The Mariners shot 41.9 percent from the floor and 42.1 percent from three-point land, while the Hornets shot 31.4 percent from the floor and 17.4 percent from beyond the arc. Maine Maritime also held a 40-32 edge in rebounds.
Thomas College's Last Game: The Thomas College women's basketball team snapped a seven-game skid with a 69-55 victory over Green Mountain last Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference play.
The Terriers stormed out to an early 20-7 lead in the opening frame behind four shots from three. Sammie Griffin knocked down a pair of threes to lead the Terriers along with five points from Abby Nielsen. The Eagles struggled from the floor on 2-of-17 shooting as Riley Lane chipped in with four points.
Thomas extended their lead throughout the second quarter for a 43-21 advantage at the half. Freshman Nikki Bradstreet came off the bench to record eight points to pace the Terriers.
In the third, the Eagles looked to chip away at the deficit as they outscored the Terriers 20-17. Sharena Armstrong tallied ten points including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Throughout the final frame, Green Mountain brought the deficit down 14 points as they once again outscored the Terriers 14-9 to finish at 69-55.
Nielsen finished with a team-high 11 points for the Terriers along with four rebounds, and two assists. Jordan Agger-Barnes and Malorie Weaver each recorded 10 points in the win while Weaver neared a double-double with nine rebounds. Amira Jones contributed with seven points and 14 rebounds.
Armstrong held a game-high 18 points along with five boards in the effort for Green Mountain. Rideout and Taylor Hill each reached double figures with 14 points and 11 points respectively.
The Mariners: Alayne Felix leads the Mariners with 16.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Megan McLean leads the team with 2.9 assists per game and Melinda Ogden leads the team with 1.5 steals per game.
As a team the Mariners are averaging 64.3 points, 41.8 rebounds and 16.3 assists per game. The team is shooting 40.1 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 66.1 percent from the free throw line.
The Terriers: Molly Carroll leads 8.7 points per game to lead the Terriers, while Amira Jones leads the team with 6.6 rebounds and averages 8.5 points per game. Sammie Griffin leads the team with 1.7 steals per game and Jordan Turner averages a team-best 4.3 assists per game.
As a team the Terriers are averaging 62.4 points, 44.7 rebounds and 13.1 assists per game. The Terriers are shooting 35.6 percent from the floor, 30.6 percent from three-point land and 64.6 percent from the line.