UMPI Holds On for 57-48 Victory Over Pine Manor

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) took a 33-30 lead with 12:18 left in the second-half and never trailed the remainder of the way, collecting a 57-48 victory on Sunday afternoon at Pine Manor Gymnasium in Chestnut Hill, MA.

The teams played a back and forth first half that saw UMPI take a 26-22 advantage into the break. In the second half, the teams continued to exchange buckets until the 16:48 mark when a lay-up by UMPI’s Renee Moore (Lisbon, ME) knotted the score at 30-30.

Just over four minutes later, UMPI junior Emily Pelletier (Fort Kent, ME) hit a three-pointer to break a 30-30 deadlock as part of a 10-0 UMPI run that helped the visitors take a 38-30 advantage. With UMPI leading just over midway through the second-half, Pine Manor cut the deficit to four points following two free-throws by Therline Dumeran (Cambridge, MA) and a rebound put-back by Jessica Gilmore (Dorchester, MA) to make the score 38-34 in favor of the Owls.

Pelletier finished with a team-high 14 points for UMPI while Dumeran recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 14 rebounds for Pine Manor. Gilmore was the only other Gator to finish in double-figures, scoring 10 points off the bench.

UMPI would respond with a jumper by Olivia McNally (Sherman, ME) and a lay-up by Rashell Saucier (Washburn, ME) to push the lead back to eight with 07:53 remaining. Once again trailing by eight, Pine Manor put together a run of its own, collecting the next seven points in the contest and pulling to within one at 41-42. However, that was as close as the Gators would get as UMPI once again increased its lead, this time to as 11 points, before finishing with a 57-48 victory. McNally and Saucier finished with 12 and 13 points respectively.

UMPI moves to 1-5 overall with the win, while Pine Manor falls to 3-3 with the loss. The Gators will return to action on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. when the host Wheelock College in their final home game before the semester break.

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