FARMINGTON, Maine - Junior Karen Sirois (Augusta, Maine) scored a season-high 23 points and teammates Kari Simpson (Wells, Maine) and Melissa Sawyer (Oakland, Maine) added 19 apiece Sunday afternoon to lead the University of Maine Farmington women's basketball team to an 81-66 win over Plymouth State University in non-conference action.
UMF has won five of its last six games to improve to 6-2 overall, with its only loss in that span coming to fifth-ranked Bowdoin. PSU dropped its third straight and dipped to 4-7.
Junior Kaitlin Linehan (South Boston, Mass.) led the Panthers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Classmate Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) contributed 15 points, and freshman Kayla Morin (Pascoag, R.I.) added nine points off the bench.
An offensive rebound and lay-up from Sawyer 3:04 into the game gave UMF a 9-8 lead, and the Beavers controlled the remainder of the contest. The lead reached as high as 11 points on two occasions in the opening half before UMF took a 36-30 lead into the break as Plymouth State closed the half with a 5-0 run over the final 20 seconds.
The Beavers built their lead back to double-figures (40-30) a minute into the second half. Plymouth State got as close as four points (50-46) with 12 minutes to go, but UMF answered with nine straight points to push the margin back to double digits, an advantage it maintained the rest of the way.
Simpson (11 rebounds) and Sawyer (10 rebounds) also registered double-doubles for UMF, which out-rebounded Plymouth State, 50-41.
UMF is home again on Wednesday against Maine Maritime (7:30 p.m.) PSU returns home to host UMass Boston in a Little East Conference game Tuesday at Foley Gymnasium (5:30 p.m.)
(Courtesy of UMF Sports Information)
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