Fort Kent, MAINE -- St John's of New Brunswick took game one of the 2014 Can-Am Classic from UMPI 75-68 Saturday afternoon. The game was highlighted by 15 ties and 23 lead changes as neither team could create much distance from one another until the 11:01 of the second half when SJ-NB's Brittany Mallory hit the third of three consecutive outside jumpers to move the St. Johns Lead to 8 at 58-50.
Undaunted by the hot outside shooters of St. John's, the Owls would go onto make a 7 point run and hold the Canadian crew scoreless until the 3:05 mark, when St. John's hit another Jumper to make the score 60-57, with St. Johns gaining the three point advantage.
Owl Freshman Sydney Churchill would bang home her third three pointer of the game and tie the game at 60 with 2:45 remaining in the game. The teams would trade baskets over the next minute, but St. John's would take a 66-62 lead with 1:33 left on the clock after two St. John's possessions resulted in four made foul shots.
Seconds later at 1:30, Olivia McNally canned a long 3 pointer to cut the St. Johns lead 66-65. After a defensive stop by the Owls, sophomore point guard Darby Toth drove the length of the court and hit a 10 foot jumper to give the Blue & Gold a 67-66 lead.
St. John's Leanne Davis would answer with a driving jumper of her own to give St. John's a 68-67 lead with 53 seconds on the clock. Moments later Toth was fouled on another drive and would hit the first of her two foul shots to tie the game again at 68 with 41 seconds left in the game.
St. Johns secured the rebound of toths' second foul shot, a miss snared by St. John's Forward Monica Newman and quickly passed up court to Davis who would be fouled by the Owl McNally. Davis would make both shots from the charity stripe to give St. John's a 70-68 lead with 38 seconds left in the game.
Mallory would make the play of the game and basically seal the victory for St. John's with a steal of a Toth pass in which Toth would foul Mallory to give her two foul shots. Mallory made both of her free throws to extend the St. John's lead to 72-68 at the 13 second mark.
The Owls (7-3) were led by sophomore Amanda Hotham who registered 21 points and 5 rebounds. Senior Captain Olivia McNally was the only other Owl in double figures adding 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Rachel Jefferson led St. John's with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
The Owls will next play Dalhousie AG at 10am on Sunday.