By Pete Warner
ORONO, Maine — Destiny Jacobs scored four points during a critical 8-0 scoring run Saturday night to help Stony Brook rally for a 64-59 America East women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine.
The Black Bears held a 51-46 lead with 5:51 remaining, but struggled with turnovers and allowed the Seawolves to erase the deficit in front of 1,555 fans at Alfond Arena.
UMaine (5-12, 1-4 America East) was plagued by 28 turnovers and Stony Brook (4-13, 2-3 AE) cashed in by scoring 26 points as a result of the Bears’ miscues.
Senior guard Kristin Baker of Bingham paced UMaine with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Samantha Wheeler contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Katia Bratishko provided 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.
That trio combined for 15 turnovers.
Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Bears shot 50 percent (24-for-48) from the field and outrebounded the Seawolves 39-26.
Kirsten Jeter led the way for Stony Brook with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Jacobs finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while MIsha Horsey added 10 points, five assists and three steals.
The Bears led 55-52 when the visitors put together the game-winning spurt. Jacobs scored off a move in the paint, then Jeter beat UMaine down the floor for a fast-break layup off a turnover. That put SBU in front for good at 56-55.
UMaine failed to score on its next possession and the Seawolves answered with two Jacobs free throws. After another turnover, Horsey sank two free throws to extend SBU’s advantage to five points with 39.7 seconds to play.