CANTON, NY – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (2-11) fell behind late in the game against the SUNY Canton Roos (8-8) and would end up losing a tight matchup. The Roos would win their fourth straight game by a final score of 66-60.
It wasn't until late in the third quarter that either team would get some separation. The Roos would go on an 8-0 run during a two minute period, and with a minute left in the third SUNY Canton would enjoy their biggest lead of the day. The Owls would get a jump shot from Kendra Silvers (FR, North Berwick, ME) to cut the lead to 53-43 going into the fourth quarter.
UMPI would fight back, and get a big three-pointer from Marissa Reagle (FR, Seattle, WA), and after the teams traded defensive stops, Reagle would strike again. Her layup with 5:28 remaining would put the Owls down just four points. SUNY Canton would respond, but the Owls would answer, only to commit a foul and put the Roos on the line. SUNY Canton would leave the door open, failing to convert on either attempt. In the ensuing possession UMPI would get a jumper from Silvers to fall, and they found themselves down 59-57 with just over four minutes remaining in the contest.
Unfortunately for the Owls, they were not able to execute down the stretch. Four late turnovers gave SUNY Canton the chance to build a lead. A late three from Teagan Laweryson (SR, Moscow, ME) would be all UMPI would be able to get, and the time would run out on their effort.
Both teams had strong shooting nights, as the Roos knocked down 47.3% of their attempts, while the Owls hit 46% from the field, including seven of 16 from behind the three-point arc. Seventeen offensive rebounds would lead to 13 second chance points for the Roos.
SUNY Canton's Anastasia Chambers (FR, Manhattan, NY) would lead all scorers with 19 points. She would also be credited with nine steals in the game. Tatiana Laroche (SR, Elmont, NY) and Taylor Saltus (SR, Clintonville, NY) would chip in 12 points apiece.
Silvers would be the Owls' leading scorer with 16 points. Laweryson would hit three of seven from behind the arc and end with 13 points, while Reagle would finish with ten points and four rebounds.
These two teams square off in a rematch on Friday at 1 pm.