Freshmen Ericka Christensen and the U-Maine Fort Kent women’s basketball team spoiled Pine Manon College’s Senior Day with a 72-65 victory Sunday at Brunelli Court in Chestnut Hill, MA. UMFK (11-12,) closed regular season play winning an impressive ten of their last eleven contests. The only set back was an overtime loss to Virginia Lynchburg. However, UMFK’s strong second half of the season may not be enough to get them in the USCAA post season as they will need to be in the top 16 to advance to the USCAA 16-team Women’s Championships March 6 -10 in Uniontown, Pa. The national office will offer 13 at-large bids in women’s basketball to be announced the evening of Friday February 23. Pine Manor ends its 2011-12 season with an overall record of 8-15.
On Sunday outside Boston, Ma in Chestnut Hill, Christensen finished with a double-double, collecting 14 rebounds while also shooting 12-14 from the free throw. Senior Megan Land finished with 18 points of her own, shooting 5-10 from three-point range and fellow classmate Maliesha Caesar also finished in double-figures for the Lady Bengals with 14 points and added 11 rebounds.
UMFK built an early first-half lead, taking a 19-9 lead at the midway point of the opening session but led by just four at the break (33-29). UMFK would then hold on to a single-digit lead throughout the second, with Pine Manor unable to get any closer than a one-point deficit. UMFK was finally able to distance themselves from the Gators, taking an 11-point advantage following a three-pointer from Land with only 1:58 left in the game.