Presque Isle, Maine -- The University of Maine-Presque Isle women overcame a poor first half to win going away, 66-49 against visiting Vermont Tech Wednesday evening.
Vermont Tech's leading scorer Paige Wells had 10 of her game-high 18 points in the first half and Knights point guard Ama Baker had sliced and diced through the Owl defense to garner 7 assists in the first 20 minutes of play that saw UMPI leading 26-25 at the half.
The Owls regrouped and came out of the locker room on a 12-3 run that put them ahead 38-28 with 13:46 left in the game.
The Knights (5-4) would battle back and forth with the home standing Owls trying to break the double digit lead UMPI had built with their solid team play until the 9:09 mark when Freshman Sydney Churchill made the second of her 4 three pointers on the evening to put the Owls up 52-39. Vermont Tech would not get closer than a 13-point deficit the rest of the game.
Churchill led the Owls with 16 points and 4 rebounds, while Rebecca Campbell and Olivia McNally each had 12 points. Campbell added 8 rebounds and 3 block shots and McNally grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 5 assists and had 2 steals.
Wells led the scorers for Vermont Tech and Baker almost recorded a rare triple-double for the Knights with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.
The Owls are now 9-3 on the season and next venture to the road for three games (in four days) against SUNY-Canton, St. Joseph's of Vermont and GSAC power Pine Manor.