January 22, 2012

Stingy Defense Leads UMPI to Win Over Roos

(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- Two weeks ago, the UMPI women's basketball team started a week-long road trip by overcoming a 14-point deficit and beating SUNY-Canton, 58-56.  On Sunday the Roos were the ones finishing a road trip in Presque Isle after making stops in Boston and Fort Kent.  This time however, the Owls jumped out to an early lead and then broke the game open with a 2nd half run en route to a 67-36 victory.

"That was the best defensive effort we put together this season," said head coach Marc Heidorf, "The first time we played, 'EmPell' (Owls' guard Emily Pelletier) led us with her offense.  This game I felt she played tremendous defense."

UMPI (6-10) led from wire-to-wire.  After taking a 31-20 lead into the halftime locker room, the Owls went on a 10-0 run to start the 2nd half.  The Roos (4-11) could not get closer than 18 the rest of the game.

Pelletier (Jr./Fort Kent, ME), who hit 8 three-pointers in the teams' first meeting in early January, was 3-6 from behind the arc on Sunday  to help score 14 and lead a trio of UMPI scorers in double figures.  Renee Moore (So./Lisbon, ME) had 13 points, while Rashell Saucier (So./Washburn, ME) contributed 12 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor while pulling down 11 rebounds.

As a team, the Owls were 60% (6-10) from three-point land.

UMPI is now 4-1 at home this season and 6-1 against USCAA opponents.  They will return to the court on Wednesday January 25th traveling to Machias to take on 11-7 Clippers.  Back on December 6th the Owls edged UMaine-Machias, 66-60.