BALTIMORE, Maine — The University of Maryland Baltimore County shot 50 percent from the field, including 58 percent in the second half, as the Retrievers earned a 57-45 America East women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine Sunday at the RAC Arena.
The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed because of a snowstorm that dumped more than two feel of snow on the Baltimore area on Saturday.
The Black Bears did not seem to benefit from the extra day of rest. Coach Cindy Blodgett’s team shot only 32 percent overall and went 1-for-14 from 3-point range.
UMaine, which has lost three in a row, slipped to 7-16 overall, 3-8 in conference play. The Bears occupy seventh place in the America East standings.
The Bears return to action Tuesday with a 7 p.m. contest at Alfond Arena in Orono against league-leading Hartford.
UMBC (10-13, 4-6 AE) was spearheaded by a trio of players that combined for 47 of their 57 points. Center Tope Obajolu scored 16 points, as did guard Katie Brooks, while Carlee Cassidy tossed in 15 points.
They combined to go 17-for-28 (61 percent) from the floor.
Freshman guard Katelyn Vanderhoff connected for a career-high 14 points and made three steals to pace UMaine. Sophomore forward Samantha Wheeler registered nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Katia Bratishko and Samantha Baranowski added eight points and five rebounds each for the Bears, who outrebounded the Retrievers 33-25.
Senior guard/forward Amanda Tewksbury and freshman center Corinne Wellington were both available but did not play.
UMBC held a 21-17 lead at halftime, but scored the first five points of the second half — a Cassidy 3-pointer and two Obajolu free throws — in a span of 54 seconds to push the edge to nine at 26-17.
UMaine wouldn’t get closer than five the rest of the way.
After Kristin Baker made two foul shots to cut the UMBC lead to 41-33 with 9:31 to play, the Retrievers put the game out of reach with a key 7-0 spurt.
Cassidy made a layup, Brooks converted a pair of free throws after a missed shot by Brittany Williams, and Cassidy drained a 3-pointer after a Vanderhoff missed 3, giving the Retrievers a comfortable 48-33 bulge with 7:00 remaining.