WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The gap between the University of Maine women’s basketball team and the elite teams in America East was evident again Monday night.
Diana Delva scored 16 points as a deep Hartford squad shot 53 percent from the field on its way to a convincing 76-39 victory at Chase Family Arena.
It was the Hawks’ 10th consecutive victory over the Black Bears dating back to the 2006-07 season.
Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears (5-13, 1-5 America East) committed 23 turnovers and shot only 30 percent while suffering their second straight loss. UMaine did outscore the hosts 12-5 from the foul line.
Hartford (13-3, 5-0 AE), which racked up 24 assists, also outrebounded UMaine 34-26. Ten different Hawks played at least 10 minutes in the game.
Senior guard Kristin Baker of Bingham paced UMaine with 11 points, five steals, two assists and two rebounds. Sophomore forward Samantha Wheeler contributed nine points, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot while Amanda Tewksbury added seven points and five rebounds.
Erica Beverly came up with 13 points and four assists for Hartford. Mary Silvia tallied 11 points while Delva added eight rebounds.
UMaine led briefly as a Tewksbury fast-break jumper gave the Bears a 7-6 edge. However, a Beverly basket kicked off a decisive 25-4 scoring surge that put the Hawks in command with 7:13 to play in the half.
Hartford built a 45-22 halftime advantage.
UMaine next plays Thursday with a 7 p.m. home contest against Binghamton at Alfond Arena.
Colby 64, Wentworth 37
At Boston, Rachael Mack netted 14 points as Colby College of Waterville won its eighth straight.
Julianne Kowalksi finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Alison Cappelloni 14 points for the Mules.
Michelle Fauci paced Wentworth Institute of Technology with 10 points.
Colby (12-1) 64
Mack 5-4-14, Cappelloni 5-1-14, Kowalski 5-1-11, Manduca 3-0-6, McLaughlin 2-0-6, Vaughan 2-0-4, Ritchie 2-0-4, Potvin 1-1-3, Allen 1-0-2
Wentworth (7-8) 37
Fauci 4-1-10, Furman 3-1-7, Murphy 3-0-6, Conway 2-0-5, Vallone 1-2-4, Coffey 1-0-3, Moffo 1-0-2, Gardner, Harrington
3-pt. goals: Cappelloni 3, McLaughlin 2; Coffey, Conway, Fauci
Halftime: Colby 32-19
Johnson & Wales 60, St. Joe’s 59
At Providence, R.I., Marina Millian’s sank a free throw with three seconds left and St. Joseph’s missed a shot at the buzzer as Johnson & Wales took the victory.
Jeniphr Moxley paced Johnson & Wales with 11 points and Brittany Harriot added 10.
Meghan Daigle scored 18 points to lead St. Joseph’s of Standish and Ashley Geel added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Allie Parent grabbed 10 rebounds and Casey Drake had five assists.
St. Joseph’s (7-8) 59
Drake 1-0-2, Miner 1-0-2, Freeman 2-4-8, Daigle 7-4-18, Parent 2-0-4, Lamb, Shufelt 1-6-9, McDevitt 0-3-3, Geel 6-1-13
Johnson & Wales (6-9) 60
Dowen 4-0-9, Ramirez 2-5-9, Moxley 5-1-11, Wilson 3-0-7, Andrews 2-2-6, Lefort, Millian 1-2-4, Walter 2-0-4, Jones, Harriot 3-1-10, O’Brien
3-pt. goals: Shufelt; Dowen, Wilson, Harriot 3
Halftime: Johnson & Wales 29-24