Paxton, MA –Sophomore Katie Pryor (Whitinsville, MA) scored a game high 21 points, leading the AMCATS to a 76-71 win over Great Northeast Athletic Conference rival Mount Ida College. Fellow sophomore Kaitlyn Patno (Lunenburg, MA) added 18 points, while junior Taylor Walker (Winchendon, MA) chipped in with 13 points to go along with a team high 16 rebounds.
In a pre-game ceremony, seniors Brooke Denver (New Britian, CT), Alison McCarthy (Lynn, MA), and Brenda Robledo (Reno, NV) were honored for their contributions to Anna Maria's women's basketball team over the past four years.
The Senior Day game got off to a slow start, as both offenses struggled to find their rhythm. The Mustangs were the first team to break through, and were able to open the game on a 7-2 run. The AMCATS offense responded, as they erased the early deficit on a jump shot from junior Liz Sama (Windsor, CT), giving Anna Maria its first lead of the game with 12:22 remaining in the first half. The game remained close throughout the half, but the AMCATS never relinquished their lead, taking a 29-24 lead into the locker room at the break.
The AMCATS offense heated up in the second half, increasing their lead from 5 to as many as 18 points with 10:32 remaining in the game. The Mustangs rallied back, going on a 17 – 5 run to shrink their deficit to 6 points with just under 7 minutes remaining.
Leading the Mustangs offense, senior Evebonee Acosta (Hartford, CT) and sophomore Jenn Rafuse (Brockton, MA) scored 15 points apiece. Rafuse was a force underneath the basket, pulling down an astounding 24 total rebounds.
While the Mustangs kept the game close, the difference in this one was the AMCATS remarkable three point shooting. The team converted eleven of twenty-two attempts, with Kaitlyn Patno nailing six total shots behind the arc, leading her team to the 76-71 victory.
The Mustangs end their season with a 4-21 record (0-12 GNAC) while the AMCATS close out the season with a final record of 7-18 (2-10 GNAC).