CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy women's basketball fought back from a 13-point deficit to defeat Saint Joseph's College 71-68 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action inside of Smith Gymnasium. The win marks the first for the Mariners over the Monks since 2007.
How it Happened: The two teams battled closely in the first quarter and the Mariners took a narrow 18-16 lead into the second, after a last second shot from Monks' Julia Quinn cut the lead to two.
The Monks began to pull away late in the second quarter, using an 8-3 run to take a 37-34 lead into halftime.
Saint Joseph's built a 13-point lead with four minutes to go in the third quarter but the Mariners outscored the Monks 8-2 to close out the quarter and cut the lead to 57-50.
The Mariners held the Monks to just five points in the fourth quarter and Melinda Ogden (Searsport, Maine) hit a three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 62-62. Maine Maritime's tenacious defense caused a Monk turnover on the other side of the court but the Mariners came up empty on their offensive efforts and the game headed into overtime.
Another three from Ogden at 3:11 in overtime sparked a seven-point run for the Mariners to make it 71-64 with under a minute to go and despite three last-second points from the Monks the Mariners held on for the victory.
Inside the Numbers: Lauren Plissey (Hermon, Maine) led the Mariners with 17 points, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor, tying the Maine Maritime single-game record. Plissey added eight rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals, while Maureen Stanton (Abington, Mass.) added 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals and Samantha Mason (Lamoine, Maine) contributed 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal.
Quinn tallied a game-high 18 points to lead the Monks, while also adding two rebounds, an assist and a steal, teammate Lexi L'Heureux-Carland pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, to go with six points, an assist and a steal. Cassandra Stapelfeld contributed 16 points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist and Alyson Fillion tallied 14 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
The Mariners shot 43.3 percent from the floor and 25.0 from three-point land, while the Monks shot 30.6 percent overall and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Monks held a 50-43 advantage in rebounds.
Up Next: The Mariners improve to 7-3 overall, while the Monks dip to 5-4 on the season. Maine Maritime returns to action in 2020 when they travel to Norwich University on Sunday, January 5 for a 2:00 pm non-conference matchup.