Women’s Basketball: Undefeated CMCC makes quick work of Albany College of Pharmacy

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AUBURN — Leading the entire game allowed Central Maine Community College the luxury of getting the entire team involved.

The halftime score, with the Mustangs leading by two dozen and the opposition restricted to single digits, was a clear indication that the undefeated CMCC was on its way to a 72-28 victory over the College of Pharmacy and Sciences of the Albany Cheers Friday night.

“(The Panthers) were definitely outmatched, but this is an opportunity to show us that the scoreboard doesn’t dictate our standards,” said CMCC coach Andrew Morong. “That’s why we don’t have junk time on our show.

“You have to go out there and show that you can do all the little things. This is a great opportunity for us to really show our depth a little bit and get some minutes for some kids who didn’t really get a lot of minutes. That will help us down the road as we continue to develop our depth, and it allowed a lot of first-year players to get some big minutes.”

Morong said the Mustangs (10-0) made “some consistent steps toward constituency in the game.”

“We’ve been talking a lot about taking ownership of our roles and doing our job… I think some of our players made some headway on that today,” he added. “It was great to show our depth a little bit and push some kids out of their comfort zone as they try to figure out how to play college basketball.”

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Sophomore guard Emily Strachan led the team with 10 points, followed by eight points each by Kali Thompson (4-of-4 at the foul line), Elizabeth Barrientos and Rana Duzant.

Barrientos echoed her coach’s comments in a game where the Panthers (0-3) were outplayed.

“Honestly, it’s just a test for us to show what we can do no matter who we’re playing against. — showing whose strengths will come out and who will come off the bench,” he said. “Everyone has to show what they can do and perform and have their best game no matter who they play against.”

The Panthers, trailing 29-5 at halftime, scored just 11 points in three quarters before closing out the game with another 17 points in the fourth quarter.

For the Panthers, Clare Snell scored a game-high 20 points and made three of her six 3-point attempts. Those were the only Panthers shots made from behind the arc in 11 attempts, and they were limited to 8 for 44 shots (18.2%).

“We haven’t been practicing,” Albany coach Lauren Stock said. “We’ve been plagued with injuries and stuff. Early on, I told the women that my expectation of what I was looking for in this game came together during adversity. We knew we were a bit out of it… and for me, I wanted to be able to calm the storm.”

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