Martin scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Skyhawks at Division I Maine today in a preseason exhibition. (PHOTO BY Peter Buehner)
Martin leads Skyhawks in exhibition challenge against Black Bears with 25 points
BANGOR, Maine. (October 30, 2016) – The University of Maine pulled away from Stonehill College in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter in posting a 74-54 victory in women's basketball exhibition at the Cross Insurance Center this afternoon.
Senior guard Kelly Martin (Scituate, Massachusetts/Scituate) led all scorers with a game-high 25 points for Stonehill as she connected on 10-of-19 shots from the field, including 3-for-9 from three-point range, while converting both free-throw attempts to go with four assists, two rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal. It marks the second-straight year Martin has scored 20-plus points at Maine after leading the Skyhawks with 22 points on 4-of-6 shooting from long distance, converting all eight free-throws, a year ago.
Juniors Samantha Hyslip (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) and Courtney Walsh (Windham, New Hampshire/Central Catholic) each chipped in eight points for Stonehill. Hyslip made 3-of-6 shots from the floor and converted 2-of-3 free-throws to go with three rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Maty Diabate (Holden, Massachusetts/Wachusett Regional) finished with four points, five boards, four assists and two steals.
Freshman Laia Sole (Igualada, Spain) paced Maine with 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting with four rebounds, while classmate Fanny Wadling (Nacka, Sweden) registered 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, six rebounds and two steals. Junior Tanesha Sutton (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/SS Neumann and Goretti) rounded out the double-figure scorers with ten points, four boards and three assists, while senior Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) chipped in eight points, a game-high seven rebounds and four assists.
Hyslip chipped in eight points, three rebounds and two assists. (PHOTO BY Peter Buehner)
Stonehill was limited to 37.3-percent shooting (22-for-59) for the afternoon, including 31% (9-29) in the second half, while Maine finished at 49.2% (30-61), including 53.1% (17-32) in the second half to take control after trailing nearly the entire first half. The Black Bears also posted a 43-28 rebounding advantage.
Stonehill led nearly the entire first half before Koizar capped a 16-4 run to end the second quarter with a three-pointer to send Maine into halftime with a 33-30 lead. Martin buried back to back three-pointers to open the contest and spark the Skyhawks to a quick 6-0 lead. The Skyhawks advantage stretched to seven points (13-6) after a Martin layup midway through the opening quarter and was eight twice over the final 90-seconds of the first frame before settling for a six point lead (17-11) after a quarter of play.
Maine was back within four (21-17) after a Wadling jumper with 5:52 left in the second when Martin drilled a triple and added a layup to give Stonehill its largest lead of the game (26-17) with 5:21 remaining in the half. The Black Bears closed the half with their 16-4 run to take the lead into halftime, sparked by five points from freshman Blanca Millan (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).
Maine wouldn't trail again, opening an 11 point lead (47-36) after another Koizar three four minutes into the third quarter. Stonehill closed the gap to seven at the end of the third after a Walsh triple, but the Black Bears restored their double-figure lead (54-44) after a Sole layup two minutes into the fourth. Stonehill followed with six straight points to draw within four after a Martin layup with 7:25 still to play, but Maine didn't buckle and closed the game out by outscoring the Skyhawks 20-4 the rest of the way.
Stonehill opens its regular season schedule on Friday, November 11, with a non-conference matchup at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut, at 6 p.m. The Skyhawks NE-10 and home opener is five days later on Wednesday, November 16, when they host Assumption College at 5:30 p.m.
For the latest on Stonehill Athletics, follow the Skyhawks via social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fans can also download the Stonehill Skyhawks "Front Row" mobile app, powered by PrestoSports, on iTunes and the Android Market.