Gators Hang On to Take 77-66 Victory over Me.-Fort Kent

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College women’s basketball sophomore Ari DeJesus (Providence, R.I.) scored a game-high 25 points as the Gators held off a late second half surge from the University of Maine at Fort Kent to defeat the Bengals, 77-66, on Saturday afternoon at Brunelli Court.

DeJesus also finished the contest with eight rebounds and a game-high seven steals. With the win, Pine Manor is now 5-0 on the season. Me.-Fort Kent drops to 2-1 with the setback.

PMC sophomore guard Sybil Lynch (Hoboken, N.J.) finished the game with 14 points and a game-high three assists, while classmate Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) finished with 13 points. Junior Natasia Franklin (Windsor, Conn.) finished with ten points and eight rebounds of her own. Jayva Johnson (West Haven, Conn.) collected a team-high 10 rebounds to help the Gators to a 46-37 advantage on the glass in the contest.

For Me.- Fort Kent, senior Taylor Boucher (Fort Kent, Maine) registered a team-high 16 points—all of which came in the second half while sophomore Samantha Carapellucci (Fort Kent, Maine) recorded a double-double, scoring 15 points and collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior Alexis Warne (Salinas, Calif) also finished in double-figures with 14 points.

Pine Manor broke an 8-all tie with a 7-0 run five minutes into the contest, taking a 15-8 lead following a layup from Lynch.  The Bengals would cut the deficit to 15-11, thanks to a foul shot and a layup from Carapellucci on back-to-back possessions. However, Pine Manor would continue to increase the lead, taking a 41-23 advantage with 2:19 remaining before the half, before heading into the break with a 45-29 lead.

Despite leading by as many as 18 points in the first half, the Gators struggled to pull away from the Bengals in the second stanza. Boucher led a Bengal rally, shooting 4-6 from three-point range after the break, to bring the visitors to within two points, at 59-57, with 6:49 to play in the contest.

With Pine Manor holding its smallest advantage since early minutes of the first half, the Gators responded with a 7-0 run to push their advantage to 66-57 with just over five minutes to play. Me.- Fort Kent would cut the deficit to five points with two and a half minutes remaining, thanks to a layup from Warne, but a three-pointer from DeJesus would give the Gators an eight point advantage, at 69-61, with 1:57 to play.

Me.- Fort Kent would get no closer as Pine Manor hit all but one foul shot in the final two minutes to take the 77-66 victory.  

Me.-Fort Kent will be back in action tomorrow when they take on Fisher College at 1:00 pm. Pine Manor will return to action on Monday night when they travel to Bay Path for an 8:00 PM tip-off. Pine Manor defeat Bay Path 92-70 in the opening game of the season.

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