South Portland, ME - After an even 1st half, and a close 3rd quarter, the Lady Mustangs finally got the separation they were looking for, pulling away for the 69-60 win over rival Southern Maine Community College. CM jumped out to an early 11-point lead in the 1st quarter, but after two fouls to Alex Bessey and Jordyn Reynolds, the Mustangs hit a bit of a wall in the 2nd quarter, going in to half time with the score tied, 31-31.
Although the Mustangs as a whole were quite inconsistent throughout the game, sophomore guard, Kristina Blais, dominated play from start to finish. Blais hit for a season-high 23 points, scoring in a multitude of ways. She connected on four 3's while dishing out 6 assists.
Beyond Blais, the scoring was quite spreadout. Eraleena Gethers-Hairston and Jordyn Reynolds both finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Brooke Reynolds filled the stat sheet with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals. Kristen Huntress was a defensive nightmare, challenging the Seawolves the entire length of the floor., finishing with 7 points and 2 steals. Bessey, who played limited 1st half minutes scored 6 points and handed out 6 assists.
Amanda Brett led the Seawolves with a game-high 29 points and 16 rebounds.
The smaller Seawolves battled hard glass, finishing only with a -7 disadvantage on the boards. And while the CM bigs struggled throughout parts of the game, they still led the Mustangs to 50% shooting in the 1st quarter and 47% in the 3rd.
With the win CM closes out the first semester having won 12 straight games. They now sit at 14-1 overall, 10-0 in the YSCC, and go into winter break ranked as the #1 team in the USCAA DII National Coaches Poll. Their 1st game of the 2nd semester will be Saturday, January 13th when they travel to UMaine-Presque Isle to take on the Owls.