Women's Basketball: Norwich Opens up the New Year with a Loss to Maine Maritime

Women's Basketball: Norwich Opens up the New Year with a Loss to Maine Maritime

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women's basketball team opened up the New Year with a 57-35 loss to Maine Maritime Academy on Sunday afternoon in Andrews Hall Gymnasium.

Norwich (3-7) suffered from a lack of bench production as Maine Maritime (8-3) rode its reserves who tallied 26 points against four points from the Cadets' to its eighth-consecutive win and first of 2020.

The Mariners were red hot from the field registering a 50 percent mark for the game and shooting a blistering 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from beyond the arc. In contrast, the Cadets looked a bit rusty from the long break shooting just 25 percent overall and 14 percent from deep, a stark contrast to the team's usual averages.

The Cadets were led by senior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio (Chelmsford, Mass.) who tied her season-high 11 points and added a pair of blocks. Junior guard Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) scored in double digits for the tenth time this season with 10 points. Junior forward Kailynne Frederick (Adams, Mass.) registered a team-high seven rebounds in addition to her eight points.

After Maine Maritime opened the game with a three-pointer from Melinda Ogden, the Cadets scored the next three baskets capped by a DeSilvio jumper to take a 6-3 lead at the 5:32 mark of the first quarter. Neither team could find much offensive consistency over the next several minutes.

Morgan Boudreau broke the nearly three-minute scoreless stretch with a three-point shot to tie the game at 6-6 and ignited an 11-2 run by the visitors to put them ahead 14-8 at the conclusion of the opening stanza.

Norwich would muster just four points in the second quarter allowing the visitors to extend their lead to 27-12 heading into halftime.

The Cadets mirrored their production from the first half in the final two periods, shooting better from the field in the third quarter while struggling again in the fourth resulting in the loss.

Maine Maritime won the battle on the boards 34-27 while Norwich forced the visitors into 25 turnovers compared to their own 20 miscues. Despite the differential, the Mariners were more opportunistic following the giveaways, scoring 18 points off Norwich turnovers compared to 13 points for Norwich off of Maine Maritime follies.

Norwich will host Bates in the team's next contest which will take place at home on Wednesday with the opening tip slated for 3:00 p.m.