RANDOLPH CENTER, VT – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (2-11) built a big lead early and used that momentum to seal a 72-44 victory over Vermont Tech (2-10) on Tuesday night.
The Owls would shoot 62.5% in the first quarter, including knocking down five three point baskets to build a 28-10 lead. A 15-2 run in the last five minutes of that quarter would separate the two teams on the scoreboard, and the Knights were never able to cut into the lead.
Although the Owls would cool off some from the floor, they would rely on a total team effort to extend their lead, with eleven different players scoring on the night. UMPI would go 11-15 from the free throw line and ended up shooting 41.9% from the floor. Defensive pressure also proved to be crucial for the Owls, as they forced the Knights into 22 turnovers, and eliminated second chance opportunities as the Vermont Tech was only able to grab four offensive rebounds. The Owls would outrebound the Knights 37-25.
Amanda Hotham (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would lead the Owls offensively with 12 points. Sydney Churchill (JR, Fort Fairfield, ME) would score 11 points, while freshmen Megan Jellison (Fort Fairfield, ME) and Holli Boyce (Stonington, ME) would have strong nights on the glass. Jellison grabbed eight rebounds while Boyce would collect seven.
Austin LaFrance (FR, Barre, VT) would lead the Knights with 12 points. Ashley Forrest (FR, Brandon, VT) would 11 points in the losing effort.
The Owls continue in the Vermont Tech Winter Classic on Wednesday when they will match up with SUNY Canton. The opening tip is scheduled for 2 PM.