FARMINGTON, Maine – Freshman Kari Simpson (Wells, ME) led all scorers with 23 points Monday night to lead the University of Maine Farmington to a 72-64 victory over Plymouth State University in a non-conference women’s basketball game.
The Panthers, playing their second game in as many days after defeating Johnson & Wales University Sunday in Providence, R.I., couldn’t pull off the two-day sweep and dropped to 5-4 on the season. UMF, playing its first game since the holiday break, overcame a 32-26 Panther halftime advantage with a 46-point second half, improving its season mark to 6-2.
In addition to Simpson, freshman Karen Sirois (Augusta, ME) added 12 points and seven assists while junior co-captain Kate LaHaye (Belfast, ME) chipped in 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
After having only one player reach double figures in scoring in Sunday’s win, four Panthers finished with at least 10 points Monday. Freshman Ashley White (Merrimack, N.H.) led the way with 14 points, the seventh different player in nine games this season to lead the team in scoring. Senior Mandi Allen (Blue Hill, Maine) added 11, junior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) finished with 10, and junior Megan Kane (Portsmouth, N.H.) chipped in with a career-high 10 points off the bench.
The Panthers will have to regroup and prepare for a pair of tough road contests later this week against nationally-ranked teams in Division III. PSU travels to Bowdoin on Thursday for a non-conference match-up against the Polar Bears (7:30 p.m.), who are ranked fourth nationally by d3hoops.com, and then visit Little East Conference foe Eastern Connecticut on Saturday to battle the eighth-ranked Warriors.
(Courtesy UMaine Farmington)
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