PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The Central Maine Community College Mustangs (16-7) proved to be too much for the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (3-18), winning by a final score of 90-40.
The Owls honored two seniors, Katie Patenaude from Presque Isle, ME and Amanda Allen from Limestone, ME. Patenaude has been a starter and a leader for the Owls all season, Allen earned her first start of the season on Saturday afternoon, but has been a valuable role player off the bench for the Owls.
Constant pressure from the Mustangs tipped the scales in their favor. By employing a full-court press, CMCC was able to force 32 Owl turnovers. The outcome was never really in question as Seve Deery-Deraps' (FR, Rangeley, ME) 14 point scoring outburst, including four of six from the three point arc, in the first quarter helped the Mustangs build a big lead and never look back. The Mustangs would connect on 50% of their shots throughout the afternoon and got to the free throw line 30 times.
The Owls were once again without their leading scorer, and were not able to overcome the persistent pressure from CMCC. UMPI would shoot just 27.7% from the field and be out rebounded 40-25 in the game.
Deery-Deraps would lead all scorers with 19 points. Nicole Hamblin (FR, Fayette, ME) tallied a double-double, with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Allie Ablondi (FR, Thompson, CT) scored 13 points, while Alex Rowe (SO, South Paris, ME) would also have a strong showing, scoring 12 points and collecting seven rebounds.
The Owls take the court again on Tuesday when they will host the University of Maine at Machias. The tip is scheduled for 5:30.