Lions Start Strong, Outlast Owls
(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- Three East Nazerene women's basketball players scored 12 points a piece as the visiting Lions defeated UMaine-Presque Isle on Monday afternoon, 75-56. Abbie Tonello, Ace Carradine, and Kristina Kaczmarek's dozen each kept the Owls at arm's length all afternoon.
ENC improved to 9-7 while the Owls dropped to 5-11.
The Lions roared out of the gate, taking a 13-2 lead seven minutes in. Presque Isle, playing in their 3rd game in 4 days, did their best to climb back into the game, pulling to within 17-14 and later 22-20 late in the first half.
But they could never quite get over the hump as the Lions went into halftime with a 34-25 lead and slowly expanded on it throughout the 2nd half.
UMPI's inability to get back into the game hinged on an inability to limit ENC to one shot per possession. The Lions outrebounded the Owls by 17 (38-21) overall and had three times the offensive boards (18-6).
A 20-23 performance from the free throw line was one of the lone bright spots for Presque Isle. A pair of freshmen, Taylor Cochran (Fr./Topsfield, ME) and Amanda Hotham (Fr./Fort Fairfield, ME) combined to go 14-15 from the line. Cochran finished the game with a team-high 13. Hotham and Randi Kaplan (So./Embden, ME) each kicked in 11.
The Owls will get some much needed time off this week before returning to the home floor on Saturday, January 21st, to face SUNY-Canton. Presque Isle defeated the Roos earlier this month, 54-46, in Canton.
* Kaplan is finding her groove in the 2nd half of the season. The sophomore averaged 1.4 points per game in the Owls first 11 contests. In her last four games however, she has averaged nearly 10 points a game, reaching double figures in 3 of the 4.
* The 20 made free throws for the Owls was a season high. The previous high of 18 was also reached in a loss, back on December 3rd at UMaine-Augusta.
* The rebounding shortfall for the Owls on Monday was reminiscent of early season troubles the team had on the glass. In December, the team never reached double-figures for offensive rebounds and averaged only 7 a game. Since the new year, that number has improved. Prior to Monday's game, the Owls had reached double-digits in ALL seven games in January and averaged 15 offensive boards.