BOSTON, MA – First year player Francesca Corsinetti (Johnston, RI) scored a career-high 17 points, while junior guard Kelsey Heavener (Stafford Springs, CT) also netted a career-best nine points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team over visiting University of Maine-Presque Isle, 70-43. The Sharks improve to 6-7 on the season, while the Owls fall to 2-13.
UMPI scored the first points of the quarter again when Churchill buried a trifecta to pull the visitors to within 42-24, but the Sharks responded with an 11-2 stretch, paced by seven points from Corsinetti, to take their largest lead of the night at 53-26 with 5:26 showing on the third quarter clock. The margin stayed at 27 following a free throw from Heavener at 2:38 to bump the score to 58-31, but the Owls netted the final five points of the period to make it 58-36.
UMPI held Simmons scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, while Hotham scored five points to cut the deficit to 60-41. Silva scored the first points of the period for the Sharks with a lay-up at 4:35 to ignite a string of eight unanswered points, capped by four straight points from Heaver to give Simmons a 68-41 advantage with 61 seconds to play in the contest.
The Owls head to Wilkes-Barre, PA to play Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre on the Saturday at 1:00 p.m.