May 26, 2018
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Mistakes sink Bears vs. Stony Brook

BDN staff and wire reports

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team committed a season-high 35 turnovers Wednesday night, setting the stage for Stony Brook’s 57-39 America East victory at Pritchard Gymnasium.

Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears dropped to 2-19, 0-8 in conference play, while losing their 15th consecutive contest.

UMaine wound up shooting 14 percent (4-for-28) from the floor and turned the ball over 14 times in the second half, opening the door for Stony Brook (5-15, 3-5 AE) to claim its third straight victory.

The Seawolves scored 24 points as a result of the Bears’ turnovers.

Senior forward Colleen Kilmurray led the way for the Black Bears with 14 points and six rebounds. Brittany Boser contributed 12 points and six rebounds with three blocked shots. It was her 10th double-figure scoring effort in the last 12 games.

Kristin Baker of Bingham dished out seven assists.

Kirsten Jeter paced Stony Brook with 17 points, six steals and three blocks. Sara Kazadi grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while Misha Horsey handed out eight assists to go with three steals. Kairsten Nunn had five of the Seawolves’ 20 steals.

Stony Brook attempted 21 more shots than UMaine, despite committing 24 turnovers of its own. The winners outrebounded the Bears 50-40, pulling down 26 offensive boards.

The Seawolves made their move early in the second half with the Bears leading 28-25. Stony Brook rattled off 13 unanswered points during a span of five minutes to build a 38-28 lead with 12:23 to play in the contest.

Seven different SBU players scored during the decisive run.

UMaine later got as close as 11 points on several occasions later in the game, but could not get any closer.

UMaine actually held a tenuous 26-23 lead at halftime, despite having committed 21 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Kilmurray (11 points) and Boser (eight points) combined for most of the Bears’ offensive production.

Stony Brook had 15 turnovers of its own in the opening half.

The Bears travel to Hartford for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday.

Iowa State 67, Texas A&M 50

AMES, Iowa — Heather Ezell scored 25 points as No. 21 Iowa State pounded 10th-ranked Texas A&M 67-50 Wednesday night, handing the Aggies their worst loss of the season.

Kelsey Bolte added 17 points for the Cyclones (17-4, 5-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight and improved to 12-0 at home.

Texas A&M entered play ranked second in the nation in 3-point percentage defense, but that didn’t faze Ezell. She made four straight 3s to open the second half, pushing Iowa State’s 12-point halftime to 47-27 with 13:45 left.

Ezell went 7-of-13 from 3-point range and hit five 3s in the second half.

Takia Starks scored 18 points to lead the Aggies (17-4, 5-3), who had won their last two road games against ranked opponents.

No. 8 Baylor 76, Nebraska 71

LINCOLN, Neb. — Kelli Griffin, Danielle Wilson and Jessica Morrow scored 14 points apiece and freshman Ashley Field had a season-high 12 in her first start to lead No. 8 Baylor.

The Bears (18-3, 6-2 Big 12), coming off home losses to No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 16 Texas, won in Lincoln for the first time in three tries.

The struggling Cornhuskers went without a field goal for more than 10 minutes spanning halftime but still made it close.

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