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University of Maine at Farmington guard Amanda Byrne (12) applies defensive pressure during the Beavers home opener Saturday afternoon at Dearborn Gymnasium. Byrne handed out four assists while forcing two turnovers helping UMF defeat the University of Maine at Presque Isle, 68-46.

FARMINGTON – Erin Porter (Bangor, ME) scored 21 points to lead the University of Maine at Farmington women’s basketball to a 68-46 victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle in the season opener for both teams today at Dearborn Gymnasium.

The Beavers (1-0) are scheduled to return to action Friday when they travel to the University of Southern Maine to take on the Huskies. The game — part of the USM Tip-Off Tournament — is slated to tip off at 8 p.m. The Owls (0-1) are scheduled to travel to Colby College on Friday.

Following Porter, Caitlyn Laflin (Farmingdale, ME) and Ashley Busque (Belgrade, ME) chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Laflin was the team’s leading rebounder at seven, while Amanda Byrne (Winslow, ME) and Samantha Wiley (Lincolnville, ME) each dished out four assists.

Erica Davis (North Yarmouth, ME) posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards in the loss, while Emily Moore (Lisbon, ME) scored 10 points.

The Beavers built a double-digit lead early, but UMPI battled back with a Megan Korhonen (Littleton, ME) layup with 5:23 left in the opening half cutting the lead to 22-18. Farmington finished the opening half with a 12-2 stretch — highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by Porter and Wiley — to take a 34-20 command into intermission. The Beavers outscored the visitors 21-10 over the opening nine minutes of the second half to seal the victory.

In shaky opening-game fashion, byrneoth teams had trouble holding onto the ball with the Owls turning the ball over 30 times and the Beavers’ 20. Byrne finished with three steals. 

(Press release courtesy of UMF)

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