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UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:47 am
by Tom Nolette
UMF Tries to Build Upon 2013 Success, Picked 5th in NAC Poll

WHITINGHAM, Vt. –The UMaine-Farmington men’s basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the 2014-15 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's basketball preseason poll conducted among the league's head men's basketball coaches.

UMF earned 55 points in the poll as Husson University was selected as the top team in the 2014-15 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) men's basketball preseason poll. The Eagles received a total of 97 points, including seven of the ten first place votes. Castleton State College was voted second with 79 points and two first place votes, while Colby-Sawyer College came in a close third with 78 points, Lyndon State College claimed fourth with 62 points ahead of UMF, rounding out the top five.

The 2013-14 NAC Championship Tournament saw the No. 6 seeded University of Maine at Farmington Beavers earn two upsets to make it to the finals, while the top-seeded Husson Eagles soared to the finale. The championship was decided in overtime, as Husson claimed a 96-89 victory over UMF to earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

UMaine-Farmington travels to North Carolina this weekend, participating in the Guilford Tournament. The Beavers will play Guilford College on Saturday at 7:00pm and will continue action on Sunday against either Virginia-Lynchburg or William Peace.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2014 5:53 am
by Tom Nolette

November 14, 2014

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Coach Jamie Beaudoin enters his 15th season at the helm of the UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball team.

NAC Second Team All-Conference selection Lindsay Ranquist (Owls Head, Maine) returns for her senior season. The captain averaged a team-leading 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and only one of three Beavers to start all 26 games.

Joining Ranquist as team captain, are fellow seniors Bianca Stoutamayer (Madison, Maine) and Marisa Kelley (Hermon, Maine). Stoutamyer dropped a career high 14 points at Green Mountain last season, on 5-of-7 shooting and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Kelley’s junior season was cut short after four games, due to injury.

The junior class provides the Beavers with a balanced attack, height down low with Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine) and Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine), and rookie Jeni Wallingford (Wells, Maine) up top as a guard. Smith saw the floor in all 26 games and grabbed 100 rebounds, second most on the team. Ferry (Winslow, Maine) averaged 8.1 points and 5.2 boards last season in 24 games.

Sophomores Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine), Bridget Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine), Rhi Jackson (Saco, Maine), Allison Crocker (Boothbay, Maine), and Courtney Alofs (Scarborough, Maine) have a year of experience return as the group has a year under their belt. Grover earned state honors last season as she was named to the Maine All-Rookie team.

First year newcomers include, Kelly Pomerleau (Turner, Maine), Kelsey Custeau (Old Orchard Beach, Maine), Jenessa Talarico (Lewiston, Maine), Emma Duggan (Lancaster, Mass.), Jennifer McKenney (Castine, Maine), and Delaney Coyne (Portland, Maine).

The Beavers open the regular season at the USM Tip-Off Classic, hosted by the University of Southern Maine from November 15-16th. The schedule also plays host to non-conference opponents Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, and St. Joseph’s.

After returning from a four-game road trip in November, the UMaine-Farmington will host Maine Maritime Academy on December 2nd at 5:30 for the home opener.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 4:11 am
by Tom Nolette
UMF Women's Basketball Release: UMF 42, USM 81
November 15, 2014

UMF Silenced in Season Opener at USM Tip-Off Classic

GORHAM, Maine – The UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball team (0-1, 0-0) opened the 2014-2015 season with a, 81-42, loss at Southern Maine in the USM Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.

The UMF defense kept the game close for much of the first half, keeping the largest deficit of the game to seven points at the 12:06 mark. Elizabeth Ferry notched a layup two minutes later to cut the lead to five, then Bianca Stoutamayer made a layup of her own to get the Beavers within three.

The Huskies offense exploded late in the first half, with a 19-6 run, taking a 34-18 advantage into the locker room on 14-of-33 shooting,. The USM defense forced UMF to nine first half turnovers and 7-of-26 shooting from the floor.

Stoutamayer drained a three pointer 2:24 into the second half to cut the USM lead to 13, but the USM offense continued its hot streak. The Huskies added a 14-0 run and held UMF scoreless for four minutes.

The Beavers offense continued to attack the basket, forcing USM to foul. UMF cashed in by converting 8-for-10 from the charity stripe in the second half, including 4-for-4 from rookie Kelly Pomerleau in a 1:06 span.

USM finished the game on 31-of-68 from the floor, 7-of-21 from three-point land, and 12-of-20 from the charity stripe, and forced 19 Beaver turnovers on 11 steals. Me.-Farmington shot 14-of-59 and 10-of-15 from the free throw line.

Bianca Stoutamayer led the Beavers with eight points and two boards. Kelly Pomerleau added six points; five rebounds, and dished two assists in her UMF debut. Four of USM’s five starters scored in double-digits with Rebecca Knight scoring a game-high 12 points.

UMaine-Farmington will play the non-advancing team of Bridgewater State and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 1:00pm on Sunday for the consolation game of the USM Tip-Off Classic.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:08 am
by Tom Nolette
Ranquist Leads Beavers in Day Two of USM Classic

GORHAM, Maine – Lindsay Ranquist scored a team-high 13 points for UMaine-Farmington (0-2, 0-0) in Sunday’s, 65-50, loss to Rensselaer in the consolation game of the USM Tip-Off Classic.

RPI jumped out to an early, 7-0, lead in the opening three minutes. “RPI forced the tempo with their pressure defense and resulted in easy baskets.” UMF head coach Jamie Beaudoin said after the game.

UMF clawed back into the game when Bianca Stoutamayer (Madison, Maine) got the Beavers on the board with a three-pointer. Thirty seconds later, Ranquist (Owls Head, Maine) drove to the hole and banked in a layup to cut the lead to two points.

In the next three minutes, the Engineers powered a 10-0 run to get the lead back to double-digits. Kennadi Grover (Cushing, Maine) cut the lead to 19-8 with a jump shot and one more from the free throw line.

For the remaining minutes of the first half, the Beavers continued to battle but could not get any closer than nine points. The Engineers went into the locker room with a, 42-30, lead on 13-of-41 (32%) shooting from the floor with the Beavers shooting 8-of-31 (29%) from the field.

“We were forced to play from behind, but settled over the last 30 minutes,” Beaudoin added. Kelly Pomerleau (Turner, Maine) did not waste any time helping the Beavers. The freshman hit a jump shot ten seconds into the second half. On the Beavers’ next possession, Ranquist slimmed the lead to eight with another layup.

Rensselaer slowly increased its lead to 20 points with timely jump shots and defensive stops on the other end with eight minutes left in the game. However, UMF would not go away quietly. The Beavers scored nine unanswered points to get the lead back to 11.

In the final seven minutes, the Beavers continued their pursuit of a comeback, but the two teams traded baskets down the stretch.

When the final buzzer sound was heard, the Engineers shot 27-of-74 (37%) from the floor and 9-of-13 from the free throw line. The Beavers totaled 19-of-58 (33%) from the field and 10-of-21 from the charity stripe.

Ranquist’s shot her team-high 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine) added seven points and nabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Rensselaer’s Ashley Clough scored a game-high 22 points on 11-of-18 from the floor. “We have a big test on Thursday, playing an athletic and experienced Bates team that will play the similar style we saw today,” Beaudoin said.

UMaine-Farmington continues non-conference play on Thursday as the Beavers travel to Bates College at 7:00pm.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:42 am
by Tom Nolette
Women's Hoops Bested by Bates, 97-61

LEWISTON, Maine – The UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball team (0-3, 0-0) bench was outscored 40-18, in Thursday’s, 97-61, non-conference loss to Bates College.

Junior forward Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine) made a layup on the Beavers’ first possession and Meghan Smith (Boothbay, Maine) added a layup of her own, one minute later to give UMF a, 4-3 lead, but then the Bates offense took control of the game.

The Bobcats blew the game open with a 28-6 run over the next nine minutes of the first half, giving Bates a 31-10 advantage. UMF continued to chip away at the deficit and slimmed the lead to 16 with five minutes remaining in the opening half.

Bates held a, 50-31, lead at halftime by shooting 20-of-37 from the floor and 9-of-17 from the beyond the arc. The Beavers shot 12-of-34 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats did not cool off in the second half and continued to hit from the outside, shooting 6-of-13 from three-point land and 18-of-33 from the floor.

UMF improved from the field in the second half, shooting 11-for-26 and 7-of-12 from the line. UMF cashed in from the charity stripe for the game, finishing 13-of-18.

Meghan Smith led the Beavers with 12 points, eight coming in the second half, on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Freshman Kelly Pomerleau (Turner, Maine) added 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting and 5-of-6 in free throws. Bates’ Chelsea Nason held a game-high with 17 points.

UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Monday as the Beavers travel to Saint Joseph’s (Me.) at 5:30pm.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:47 am
by Tom Nolette
UMF Welcomes Public to Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate Historic Dearborn Gym Renovations, Dec. 2

FARMINGTON, Maine – A grand opening ceremony will be held on December 2, 2014 at 4:45pm, at University of Maine at Farmington’s Dearborn Gymnasium, to commemorate the re-opening of the historic facility for the first home collegiate games. The celebration of the completion of the six-month renovation project takes place just prior to the women’s and men’s basketball games against conference opponent Maine Maritime Academy. These events are free and open to the public and donations are acceptable at the gate.

The historic facility was built in 1963 and underwent extensive construction in May to remove the hardwood floor and modernize the gymnasium. “When I played here, the home team enthusiasm was great, and it was a tough place for an opponent. Even as late as the last few years, the atmosphere has been as good as any place in the state,” UMF men’s basketball coach Dick Meader ’67 said about the site of the renovations.

The new hard wood floor is made from first grade maple and is a Connor Sport system installed by New England Sport Courts who also coordinated the custom and exciting graphic scheme is painted on the floor, including the maroon Beaverhead logo at center court. Prior to the construction, four rows of bleachers escaladed on each side of the gymnasium. Now, nine rows of maroon, automated Hussey bleachers exist on the west side of the floor. The new bleachers are designed for more comfort. They conveniently extend from the one primary entry the length of the court and seat significantly more people than the previous system.

“This has been a long-time coming, we appreciate everyone’s patience, and we couldn’t be more proud of the results,” Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation Julie Davis announced. “The upgrade of a new floor and new equipment will benefit coaches and student-athletes daily in practice, while the new bleacher orientation will improve the player and fan experience.”

All six backstops and boards were replaced with new Porter, single pole systems that are retractable and automated. The game pair have a new set of Daktronic shot clocks that are integrated with the relocated scoreboards. “With teams and the official score table located across the gym from the bleachers, no one will need to dash across the baseline during the game to get to their seats. This configuration minimizes distractions for players and coaches and improves the experience for fans. The new bleachers have the full compliment of aisles, railings, ADA accommodations and a permanent filming perch and we can seat more than 500 people now as well,” Davis expressed about the final details.

The existing scoreboards have been relocated the east side corners of the facility. An automated and retractable batting cage is hanging from the rafters on the north side of court.

A quieter, more energy-efficient HVAC heating and cooling system replaced the preexisting and failing system.

“Beyond sporting events and practices, Dearborn is used for other campus assemblies and summer conferences. The new orientation for seating and staging plus a new sound system will improve the venue for all such community functions,” Davis added. The new sound system replaced an aged system for a more crisp, vibrant sound in contrast to the vintage system before the renovations.

“Alumni and current student-athletes will be proud of what we created here and talented recruits will be attracted to this space. Coaches, trainers, event managers and custodians will appreciate the upgrade in orientation and motorized automation. All in all, the upgrades make this a great space for a multitude of activities. A number of factors make basketball games our best opportunity to engage to largest cross section of campus community. We expect to fill the gym routinely and foster fun events that engender campus pride and spirit all season long,” Davis concluded. “

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 5:57 am
by Tom Nolette
UMF Second Half Rally Not Enough Against Saint Joe's

STANDISH, Maine – Sophomore Kennadi Grover was tied with game-high 12 points and five rebounds in UMaine-Farmington’s (0-4,0-0), 69-37, loss to unbeaten Saint Joseph’s College on Monday evening.

The Monks started the game firing on all cylinders with a 21-8 run in the first 10 minutes of the first half. The Beavers tried to get back in the game with three quick points, but Saint Joseph’s offense was just too much in the first half, finishing the half with a 24-6 run and held a 45-17 edge at half time.

Saint Joe’s shot well from long range (8-for-14) and the foul line (11-12). The Monks’ defense held the Beavers to 6-of-22 shooting from the field and 5-for-10 from the line.

However, UMF would not go away quietly. The Beavers began to feel the hot hand while the Monks started to cool off. The duo of Elizabeth Ferry (Winslow, Maine) and Grover (Cushing, Maine) slimmed the SJC lead to 20 with 9:19 left in the game.

The Beavers defense held strong for the remainder of the game, holding the Monks to only 15 points but the UMF offense could not generate enough buckets to overtake SJC.

UMF finished the game 14-of-48 from the field and 9-17 from the line. Saint Joe’s shot 20-of-67 and hit 11-of-25 from deep in the game.

Grover scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half and finished the game Ferry complimented Grover’s attack with 10 points and seven rebounds with four of the seven boards being offensive rebounds. Saint Joe’s Morgan Cahill and Hayley Quirion matched Grover with 12 points.

UMaine-Farmington returns to the hardwood on December 2nd for the first home opener of the season against Maine Maritime at 5:30pm. A ceremony in celebration of a newly renovated Dearborn Gymnasium will take place prior to the game.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:20 am
by Tom Nolette
Grover Gives UMF First Conference Win in a Nailbiter vs. MMA

FARMINGTON, Maine – Sophomore guard Kennadi Grover’s team-leading 14 points powered the UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball team (1-4, 1-0) to a 60-54 victory over North Atlantic Conference opponent Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday evening at Dearborn Gymnasium.

Maine Maritime set the tone early in the first half, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. The Beavers fought back with six unanswered points to take a, 6-5, lead with 16:52 remaining. MMA and UMF continued to battle for the lead, a feat that changed five times over the course of the first half. The largest deficit was seven points when the Mariners led, 21-15, with just over seven minutes remaining.

Junior Elizabeth Ferry guided the Beavers back into the game with a pair of layups and timely free throw shooting, but Maritime still had the edge at halftime, 31-28.

UMF took the lead four minutes into the second half and never looked back. The Beavers offense increased the lead to nine at the 10:15 mark, but the Mariners clawed their way back into the game. In a two-minute span, MMA hit two shots from beyond the arc and hit four clutch free throws to cut UMF’s lead, 51-50 with 7:09 remaining.

The UMF defense held MMA to six points for the remainder of the game, making the Mariners resort to desperation fouls down the stretch. UMF shut the door at the free throw line by hitting 3-of-4 in the final seconds.

Grover scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half and finished 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe. Ferry was only a bucket away from a double double with eight points and 11 rebounds. MMA’s Mary Badeen led all scorers with 19 points and dished five assists.

UMaine-Farmington continues conference play on Friday as the Beavers travel to the Johnson State at 5:30pm.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:48 am
by Tom Nolette
UMF Women's Hoops Picks Ups Third-Straight Win After Holding Off Lyndon State, 62-59

LYNDON CENTER, VT. – The UMaine-Farmington women’s basketball (3-4, 3-0) earned its third conference win this week after holding off Lyndon State on Saturday afternoon with a 62-59 victory at Stannard Gymnasium.

UMF was clinging to a five-point lead with less than five minutes left in the game. Lyndon’s Emily Slayton hit a pair of three throws to cut the lead to two, but fouled freshman guard Kelly Pomerleau on the ensuing possession. The rookie hit both three throws, pushing the UMF lead back to five.

The Beavers’ defense came through with a clutch stop, forcing the Hornets to miss a jumper with Rhi Jackson coming down with the defensive board. Jackson was rewarded by her teammates on the other end of the floor by nailing a jumper and getting fouled in the process. Jackson converted from the line on the old-fashioned three-point play and gave UMF a 58-50 lead with 2:32 left in regulation.

LSC’s Emily Gray nailed a jumper to keep Lyndon in the game at the 2:13 mark and after a pair of missed free throws by the Beavers, Allison Brown sank a three-pointer for the Hornets, cutting the UMF lead to just three points.

After Meghan Smith made a free throw, Gray sank another three-pointer, with 42 ticks left on the clock, and UMF holding a 59-58 lead. Lyndon fouled senior Bianca Stoutamyer on the following in-bounds play. The captain hit her first free throw, but her second shot found all iron. On the miss, the ball deflected off a Lyndon defender, allowing UMF to keep possession.

UMF called a quick 30-second timeout. Once play resumed, the Beavers in-bounded the ball to junior Elizabeth Ferry, who was fouled and sent to the line. Ferry hit both shots and increased UMF’s lead to 62-58 with only 34 seconds left.

On Lyndon’s next possession, Marley Harmon was fouled and sent to the charity stripe. Harmon hit the first, but missed the second with teammate Abby Salvadore right there for the offensive rebound. Salavadore tried to capitalize on the second-chance opportunity, but was also fouled in the process.

Savadore failed to hit the first one but grabbed the offensive rebound as she missed the second free throw. The freshman fired off a jumper but couldn’t convert and Pomerleau came down with the defensive board to seal the win for the Beavers.

Elizabeth Ferry led with the Beavers 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Smith added 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Saturday’s victory marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Beavers have opened conference play with three straight wins.

UMaine-Farmington returns home on Wednesday to face Bowdoin College. Tip-off starts at 7:00pm.

Re: UMF basketball - women

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:38 am
by Tom Nolette
UMF Defense Holds Colby to a Season-Low From Long Range

FARMINGTON, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington women’s basketball team (3-6 , 3-0) held Colby to a season-low 17% from beyond the three-point arc in Saturday’s, 56-49, loss to the non-conference opponent at Dearborn Gymnasium.

Colby opened the game by hitting 3-of-4 from long range, but UMF defense held the Mules to one made three-pointer (1-12) over the remaining 16 minutes. Colby’s lead grew to a 12-point deficit at the 5:30 mark and led at the break, 29-19.

In the first three and a half minutes of the final period, the Beavers closed the gap to four points with a 8-2 run. After a Colby timeout, the Mules controlled the tempo of the game and pushed their way to an 18-point lead with less than five minutes left in the game.

UMF battled to the end and scored 12 of the game’s final 14 points to edge closer, but ran out of time to cap off any comeback.

Elizabeth Ferry led the Beavers with 11 points and five rebounds. Kennadi Grover and Meghan Smith added 10 points apiece as Smith muscled 11 rebounds, earning her second career double-double.

UMaine-Farmington resumes conference play on Tuesday as the Beavers travel to Thomas at 5:30 p.m.