December 10, 2011

Late Free Throws Key Owls' Win

PRESQUE ISLE, ME (12-10-11) – University of Maine-Presque Isle sisters Emily (Sr./Lisbon, ME) and Renee Moore (So./Lisbon, ME) proved that, at least this Saturday, "clutch" runs in the family. After University of Maine-Fort Kent guard Megan Land hit a 3-point shot with 2:47 remaining to give her Bengals a 57-54 advantage, the sisters Moore took over. In the next 2:30 Emily and Renee accounted for all of their team's points during a decisive 9-4 run. Teammate Emily Pelletier (Jr./Fort Kent, ME) then put the game out of reach by hitting two free throws with less than :10 on the clock to give the Owls a 65-61 win over their rivals to the north.

A close game throughout, the Owls (3-6) took a 33-26 advantage into the halftime locker room. Nearly midway through the 2nd half, that lead had expanded to ten, 44-34. But Fort Kent (1-6) battled back, outscoring UMPI over the next eight minutes 23-10. The comeback included three 3-pointers, two from Land and one from sophomore Taylor Boucher.

Down by 3 late despite leading the entire game, the Owls did not panic. UMPI ratcheted up the defense the rest of the way, only allowing the Bengals one basket after Land's three put them behind. On the offensive end, rather than trying to get it all back in one shot, they attacked the basket, drew fouls, and got to the free throw line. The Owls hit 9 of their next 10 free throws to comeback and seal the win.

Emily Moore led all scorers in the contest with 17 points. Sister Renee added 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Pelletier, a Fort Kent native, also had 13 points including 3-7 from 3-point range. Fort Kent also put three scorers in double figures led by Land's 15 points with Boucher and sophomore Jenn Colpitts chipping in 14 a piece.

With the win, UMPI is 2-0 at home this season and have won 3 of their last 4 games.

UMPI takes a break from action for finals and the holidays. They will return to the court on Thursday January 5th, 2012 when they host Houghton (NY) College at 4pm.