PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (3-13) would earn a split in the season series with the University of Maine at Machias Clippers (7-11) with the win at home on Wednesday night. The Owls would survive a late comeback attempt and win by a score of 64-59.
The Owls would get hot late in the first quarter, using a 14-2 run to jump out to a ten point lead. UMPI would connect on eight of their 16 attempts from floor, including three of four from behind the three-point arc, giving them a 22-12 lead early.
Meanwhile the Owls' defense would slow down the Clipper attack. Machias would only be able to connect on 26.7% of their shots in the second quarter, and they would score just eight points in the frame, allowing UMPI to build on their lead. The teams would go to the locker room with the Owls holding what looked to be a comfortable 35-20 lead.
The Clippers would benefit from the break, and make some offensive adjustments. They would pull as close as eight points in the third quarter, shooting the ball at a much more respectable 38.9% clip.
Both teams would get hot in the fourth quarter, but it would be the Clipper defense that would make a difference. Forcing five turnovers in the final quarter, Machias would get 19 field goal attempts, while the Owls only shot 11 times. Aided by UMPI only hitting on three of their ten free throw attempts, the Clippers made the game interesting.
Machias would find themselves down just five with just under a minute to play. An Alicen Brooks (SR, Stockton Springs, ME) jumper would put the visitors down just three with 37 seconds left to play. The Owls would miss two free throws, but grab the offensive rebound. UMPI's Jessy Dickison (SR, Houlton, ME) would convert both attempts from the charity stripe, and then get a late steal to end the Clipper's chances, sealing the victory for UMPI.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Owls.
Emilia Churchill (SR, Washburn, ME) would lead the Owls with 14 poitns, six rebounds, and six assists. Dickison would end with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Marissa Reagle (FR, Seattle, WA) ended with ten points, five rebounds, six assists, and nine steals. Chelsea Winiarski (JR, Danforth, ME) would add ten points.
The Clipper's Caitlyn Lyons (FR, Lubec, ME) would lead all scorers with 26 points. Linda Riley (SO, Jackman, ME) would add 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Owls will be on the road tomorrow night as they will visit the University of Maine at Augusta. That game is scheduled to start at 5 pm.