Women's basketball team gets out-rebounded 53-32, misses 14 free throws in 65-51 defeat to Southern Maine Community College Saturday afternoon

Women's basketball team gets out-rebounded 53-32, misses 14 free throws in 65-51 defeat to Southern Maine Community College Saturday afternoon

The Berkeley College women's basketball team had its two-game winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon as the Knights fell to the SeaWolves of Southern Maine Community College by a score of 66-51. The game took place in South Portland, Maine. With the defeat, the Knights dropped to 4-7 on the 2017-2018 season, while Southern Maine Community College improved its mark on the season to 14-5. Following the game, Head Coach Alex Kuchar spoke.

"Unfortunately, we struggled rebounding the basketball this afternoon, and we missed 14 free throws while the SeaWolves only misfired on two," Kuchar said. "Those two aforementioned facts played a big role in why we suffered a defeat today. On a positive note, we did take care of the basketball very well while forcing turnovers. As we get ready for the stretch run of our season, we need to do a better job at putting together 40 solid minutes. We'll shake this loss off and get ready for Central Maine Community College tomorrow afternoon."

The Knights were paced by Ayana Ratliff in their loss, as the standout scored a game-high 26 points while connecting on nine of her 21 attempts from the floor. She also snatched seven rebounds and recorded a pair of assists. Veteran Ashley Duplan added 10 points, three rebounds, and two steals. Crystal Miller scored six points, grabbed five rebounds, and added four steals, and Ebony Lofton snatched a team-high eight caroms and tied for the game-high in blocks with three.

In the victory for Southern Maine Community College, the SeaWolves were led by Alicia Ruth and Amanda Brett, as they scored 20 points apiece. Brett also added a game-high 15 rebounds and tied for the game-high with three swatted shots. Jordan Farquharson scored 10 points and added eight rebounds. She also tallied four assists. 

The first quarter featured solid back-and-forth play, with the Knights clinging to a 9-8 lead with 4:46 remaining in the period. Berkeley College would then put together a 10-2 run, taking a 19-10 lead after 10 minutes of play. That aforementioned spurt included consecutive converted free throws and a basket by Ratliff, a made free throw by Miller, a drained three-point basket by Duplan, and converted jumper by Jaiyamoira Myers.

Southern Maine Community College would dominate the game from that point forward, as the SeaWolves outscored Berkeley College by margins of 21-10 in the second quarter and 23-7 in the third quarter to open up a commanding 54-36 advantage after 30 minutes of action. The Knights forced seven turnovers and held the SeaWolves to 28.6 percent shooting in the fourth quarter, but Berkeley could only outscore Southern Maine Community College 15-11 over the final 10 minutes, as the Seawolves went on to win the game by 14.

The Seawolves connected on 24 of their 58 shots from the floor (41.4 percent), while the Knights hit on just 27 of their 61 attempts (17-61). Southern Maine Community College hit on 10 of their 12 attempts from the charity stripe (83.3 percent), while Berkeley College misfired on 14 free throw opportunities (13-27, 48.1 percent). The Seawolves also dominated on the glass, snatching 53 rebounds compared to 32 for Berkeley College. The Knights did dominate the turnover category, committing just 10 miscues while forcing 24 Southern Maine Community College mistakes.

The Knights will look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon, as Berkeley College will take on Central Maine Community College. Start-time for that contest is scheduled for 1:00pm.