Stifling Defense Leads UMPI to Win Over VTC
(RANDOLPH CENTER, VT) -- While the University of Maine-Presque Isle women's basketball team struggled to find its offensive stroke at Vermont Technical College on Friday night, its defense was rock solid. With a little over 2 minutes left in the game, the Owls had only allowed 23 points to the Knights, leading them to an eventual 47-30 win.
UMPI finishes their season with a 9-15 record. VTC falls to 5-17.
Scoring was at a premium for both teams in the first half. The Owls' Emily Pelletier (Jr./Fort Kent, ME) banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give UMPI a 19-15 advantage at the break.
While the Knights' scoring woes continued in the second half, the Owls' shots began to fall. Pelletier hit a couple of three's while inside Becca Campbell (Fr./Washburn, ME) and Taylor Ussery (So./La Verne, CA) were working the offensive boards, pulling down rebounds and getting some key putbacks as UMPI built their lead to 20 points.
Balanced scoring was the name of the game for the Owls. UMPI pulled off the rare feat of winning a game despite not having one scorer in double figures. Renee Moore (So./Lisbon, ME) led the blue and gold with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
"We have had more than a few wins this year that followed the script of 'defense holds strong until offense finally comes around'," said Owls' first-year head coach Marc Heidorf, "it can be frustrating for sure, but when you play good 'D' you at least give yourself a chance to win."
*UMPI was without the services of starter Rashell Saucier (So./Washburn, ME) on Friday night. Saucier was a late scratch due to illness.
*The Owls shot 83% (10-12) from the free throw line against Vermont Tech. Combined with Wednesday night's home finale against Bates College the Owls were 28-35 (80%) in the final week of their season.