BOSTON — Boston University built a 19-point first-half advantage and maintained the upper hand throughout Sunday afternoon while earning a 71-57 America East women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at Agganis Arena.
The Terriers (20-6, 14-0 AE) clinched the top seed for next week’s America East Championships at West Hartford, Conn., and also earned at least a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time since 1988.
The Black Bears (4-24, 2-13 AE) lost for the third straight game. Coach Cindy Blodgett’s team now is relegated to the March 19 play-in game against either Albany or Stony Brook to open the women’s championship.
Senior Colleen Kilmurray spearheaded the UMaine offense with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. It was her third career double-double.
Tanna Ross of Newburgh netted 11 points, six from the foul line, and Brittany Boser provided 10 points for the Bears, who committed 24 turnovers that led to 18 BU points.
UMaine outrebounded the Terriers 42-32.
Kristi Dini made four 3-pointers in the first half on her way to five for the game and 17 points to pace the Terriers, who have won 15 in a row. Jesyka Burks-Wiley, who wore a protective facemask in the first half after breaking her nose in a recent game, finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Amarachi Umez-Eronini contributed 11 points and six assists for BU, which shot 45 percent from the field.
BU outscored UMaine in the paint 34-16.
UMaine closes out its regular season Saturday with a 7 p.m. home game against Stony Brook.