Waterville, ME - For the first 20 minutes of the game, the UMPI Owls Women's Basketball Team (5-7) gave the Colby Mules (6-7) all they could handle in a NCAA DIII non-confernce game Tuesday night played at Wadsworth Gymnasium on the Colby College Campus trailing just 29 to 26 at intermission. However, in the final 10 minutes of play the Mules would go on 15 to 3 run and pull away from the Owls for a 64 to 39 victory.
Mules guard Keegan Dunbar would get the home team on the scoreboard first with a 3 pointer from the top of the key early in the game but then the Owls would score the next 12 points of the 1st quarter started by a Rhylee Wright finish at the rim. Wright (Jr. Frenchville, ME) would follow that up with 2 made free throws one minute later and a 4 to 3 UMPI lead. At the 4:38 mark, Hunter Mercier (Fr. Fairfiled, ME) would drain a 3 pointer on an assist from Marissa Valdivia-Reagle. Wright would knock down a 3 pointer on a pass from Reagle and Emmy Churchill (Jr. Washburn, ME) would score going to the basket, also on an assist from Reagle and a 12 to 3 lead. Another Dunbar 3 pointer and 3 pointers each from Ainsley Burns and Russel Paige for Colby, around single free throws from the Owls Reagle and Mercier, finished the scoring for the quarter with UMPI holding a 14 to 12 advantage.
Colby would gain their first lead 17 to 16 when Grace Coutu scored and was fouled and completed the conventional 3 point play putting her team ahead 17 to 16. Mercier would score on a drive to the basket and Wright would follow with a jump hook inside and the Owls moved back in front 20 to 17. A long 3 pointer by Mercier and a Laura Aroz (Jr. Tucson, AZ) baseline jumper would put UMPI up 25 to 22 late in the 2nd quarter before the Mules Jackie Albanese would connect on two 3 pointers and send Colby into the halftime break with a 29 to 26 lead.
The 3rd quarter would see the Owls stay with the Mules despite cold shooting. An Emmy Churchill drive and score would bring UMPI within 29 to 28 before two quick hoops by Colby puth them ahead 33 to 28 with the 2nd being a layup by Dunbar at the 8:06 mark. Another drive and layup by Churchill made it 33 to 30. Mules lefty Katie Crum drilled a 3 pointer and Dunbar followed with a short jumper later in the quarter to give Colby College a 45 to 34 margin heading inth the final 10 minutes of play.
Colby's Dunbar and Paige would hit 3 pointers early in the 4th quarter to increase the lead to 51 to 34 and the Owls struggled to score in the final period as the Mules opened up what had been a very competitive game. Dunar finished with a game-high 15 points for Colby College, Burns added 13 points and Russell 11.
Wright led UMPI with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 steals. Mercier scored 9 points and Churchill added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Marissa Valdivia-Reagle (So. Seattle, WA) had 3 assists and 2 steals while Sarah Mussleman (Fr. Turlock, CA) grabbed 7 rebounds.
Next up: UMPI hosts SUNY Canton for two games this weekend. Friday is a 7:30PM start and Saturday's game time is 3:00PM.