St. Mary’s (24-4) kept to a methodical game plan, working the ball down low to its tall forwards. Lee's strength was speed and creating turnovers, but size proved more important.
St. Mary's tandem of 6-foot-2 inch Tori Faieta (12 points, 13 rebounds) and 5-foot-10 Cassi Amenta (16 points, 5 rebounds) led the way. Point guard Kristen Ferrari set up the offense, repeatedly finding Faieta and Amenta in prime position.
St. Mary’s took a 15-9 lead in the first quarter, led by six points from Amenta. Both teams loosened up in the second quarter, and Faieta began to dominate. St. Mary's outscored Lee 18-11 in the second quarter and took a 33-20 lead by halftime.
In the third, Lee forced St. Mary’s into nine turnovers, but St. Mary's held the edge in rebounding -- Faieta had seven in the third alone -- and Lee only managed to knock one point off the lead. St. Mary's led 45-33 after three quarters.
Lee forced nine more turnovers in the fourth quarter and pulled within seven points late in the quarter, but Ferrari, St. Mary's captain, hit a crucial 3-pointer with five minutes remaining and followed by going 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Faieta had two key blocks in the final minutes and finished with some impressive numbers for her career -- 1,471 points and 1,412 rebounds.
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