Chestnut Hill, MA -- In a battle of top-ranked Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) foes Saturday, the Pine Manor Gators beat Maine Presque Isle 81-66.
Presque Isle's Kristen Thompson scored the first points of the game on a layup but that would be the only lead the Owls would hold in the contest. Pine Manor led by as many as 17 points late in the first half following a layup from Lynch that capped a 10-0 run with 1:56 to go before the half. Pine Manor would go into halftime with a 44-29 advantage.
In the second half, it was much of the same formula that allowed Pine Manor to be up double digits in the game. The Gators constantly pushed the ball and without the ability to compete for rebounds, the Owls could do little to stop or even slow the homestanding Gators.
On this day, the Owls were no match for the much more athletic Pine Manor squad that had a 63-36 rebounding advantage in the game and outscored Presque Isle 56-20 in the paint. The Gators added 26 offensive rebounds to the damage to completely own the territory near the basket.
The Owls (11-4) used the long ball to stay competitive, connecting on 10-of-24 shots from beyond the arc, but could not find an answer for the fast breaking style of the Gators that has provided Pine Manor the top record in the GSAC at 11-2.
Presque Isle senior Olivia McNally continued her strong play on the three game road trip, leading all scorers with 20 points, shooting 8-15 from the field. Amanda Hotham finished with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds off the bench for the Owls.
Four different Gators scored in double-figures, led by sophomore Alexis Lee's team-high 17 points.
The Owls will next host Eastern Maine Community College on Saturday, January 25 at 1pm as part of a men's/women's doubleheader.