January 2, 2014

Teare’s Double-Double Powers Women’s Basketball Past UMaine-Presque Isle

QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene women's basketball team notched a 70-61 victory over UMaine-Presque Isle Thursday afternoon at the Lahue Physical Education Center.

The Lions improve to 4-5 overall with the win while the Owls fall to 7-2 on the season.

Rookie Katy Teare (Frazier Park, Calif.) posted her first collegiate double-double with career-highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the home team. Nicole Greer (Odenton, Md.) contributed with 15 points and five boards off the bench. Jordan Grays (Elk Grove, Calif.) finished with eight points and 10 rebounds while Christina Saint-Pierre (Lantana, Fla.) added six points and nine boards.

Eastern Nazarene claimed an early 7-2 lead after 3:06 of action.

The Lions pushed their advantage to eight points with 5:14 left to play in the first frame, 21-13, as Greer converted a free throw.

Presque Isle cut the deficit to two with 2:28 remaining in the period as Rebecca Campbell sank a pair of free throws, 23-21.

A jumper by Greer with less than a minute left to play stretched the hosts' lead to six, 29-23.

The Lions held onto a 29-25 edge at the halftime intermission. Eastern Nazarene shot 34.2% from the field in the opening half while Presque Isle connected on 25.0% of its field-goal attempts in the half.

Greer led the home side with 10 first-half points while Teare posted eight points and nine boards in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Eastern Nazarene extended its lead to double-figures with 16:00 left to play as Michelle Herrera (Santa Barbara, Calif.) knocked down two free throws, 38-27.

The Lions maintained their lead throughout the second stanza to secure their first victory of the 2014 calendar year.

Eastern Nazarene benefitted from 42 points inside the key, 24 second chance points and a 62-32 margin in rebounding in the contest.

The Lions finished with game with a field-goal percentage of 38.9% while sinking just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Owls shot 31.0% from the floor on the afternoon and 28.6% from long distance.

Amanda Hotham paced Presque Isle with 18 points off the bench.

Up next, Eastern Nazarene returns to league action with a road tilt at Curry January 4.