Turnovers Prove Costly as Eagles Fall to Beavers
FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington outscored visiting Green Mountain College 17-3 over the first 10 minutes of the second half, propelling it to a 57-38 North Atlantic Conference win over Green Mountain Friday night at Dearborn Gym.
The win keeps UMaine-Farmington in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings with a 6-5 league record and 6-11 overall. Green Mountain falls to 3-13 overall and 1-10 in the NAC with the loss.
UMaine-Farmington senior Rachel Clement (Gray, Maine) led the Beavers with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. Starter Kelsey Graffam (Falmouth, Maine) added eight points, as did reserve forward Ayla Allen (Rumford, Maine).
Allen also pulled down seven rebounds to lead a UMF squad that outrebounded the Eagles 45-34, including 24 offensive boards.
Green Mountain's Jacque Caster (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) charted a game-high 11 points and seven rebounds with four assists to lead the Eagles, while Chelsea Paul (Northville, N.Y.) finished with nine points and led all players with nine boards.
UMaine-Farmington shot just 31.0 percent (22-of-71) from the floor, but was aided by Green Mountain's 32 turnovers. Those Eagle giveaways led to 35 Farmington points.
With the Beavers holding a 24-20 halftime lead, Green Mountain allowed three-and-a-half minutes to tick away before getting its first bucket of the second half. UMF held the Eagles scoreless for the next five minutes, until a Caster foul shot broke the drought at the 11:44 mark. Another two minutes passed before Green Mountain made a field goal, by which time Farmington held a 41-25 lead.
UMaine-Farmington's lead reached its widest with 6:21 to play, when a Clement layup extended the Beavers' advantage to 51-26.
Green Mountain completes its two-game Maine trip on Saturday in Waterville against Thomas College.