Central Maine Community College outscored Villa Maria, 23-4 over the last 4:10 of the first quarter, and that run propelled the Mustangs to an 85-78 triumph over the Vikings Wednesday afternoon in the women’s Division II championship game of the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association in Uniontown, Pa.
Villa Maria was the No. 1 seed and had its 24-game win streak snapped. It was the third year in a row that Central Maine played in the USCAA championship game. The Mustangs won the tournament in 2017.
The game was tied at 12-all before the team from Auburn, Maine went on a 12-0 run, the finished the period with an 8-0 run. Otherwise, Coach Al Monaco's Villa team outscored the winners in each of the final three quarters. The Vikings had a pair of two-point leads before the Central offensive explosion in the first quarter.
Shaquana Owens (Tapestry Charter) and Nina Cray scored 20 points each to lead Villa. Armoni Jordan (South Park) had 13 points before fouling out. Cray also had 10 rebounds.