WATERVILLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Basketball team (0-1) opened on the road at Thomas College (1-0). The Terriers built a big half time lead to cruise to a 79-49 win.
Thomas created six Owl turnovers and shot ten of twenty from the floor to put up 27 points in the first quarter. A 16-4 rebounding differential, including six offensive rebounds for the Terriers would put UMPI in a hole they would never recover from. UMPI would settle in defensively and limit Thomas to 16 points in the second quarter, but shooting woes would put the visitors in an even bigger hole, as they would only connect on two of sixteen shots from the floor. The 41-16 halftime hole proved to be insurmountable for the Owls.
Despite the deficit, UMPI showed resiliency and came out with a strong third quarter. The Owls shot 45.5% from the floor, and senior Amanda Hotham (Fort Fairfield, ME) would net 13 points. Maine-Presque Isle would continue to show life in the fourth quarter, but the Terriers would not relent, and start the season with a convincing win.
Hotham would be the leading scorer in the contest, ending with 24 points. She would put pressure on the Terrier defense, and score the majority of her points from the free throw line, going 13 of 14 from the charity stripe. The Owls would get some promising contributions from freshmen Emilia Churchill (Washburn, ME) who scored seven points, and Rhylee Wright (Frenchville, ME) who led the team in rebounds with six.
Thomas was led by Karli Stubbs (FR, Auburn, ME), who scored 21 points in the matchup. Kelly Macomber (SR, West Gardiner, ME) would add 12 points off the bench, while Amira Jones (JR, Chicopee, MA) and Sammie Griffin (JR, Union, ME) scored 11 a piece.
The Owls are at the Mariner Pepsi Classic this weekend, a tournament hosted by Maine Maritime Academy. UMPI will open against the host on Friday at 5 PM.