April 25, 2018
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Bears cap off exhibitions with victory

Bangor Daily News

    FREDERICTON, New Brunswick — Junior center Corinne Wellington connected for 23 points Monday, leading the University of Maine women’s basketball team to a 94-78 exhibition victory over the University of New Brunswick.

The Black Bears bounced back with a strong performance Monday morning after dropping a 70-68 decision to the same Red Bloomers on Sunday night.

“We lost at the buzzer [Sunday] night and we really didn’t play very well,” said Maine coach Cindy Blodgett, whose team was plagued by numerous turnovers and poor execution.

“I love the way that the team bounced back [Monday],” she continued. “We played much better on both ends.”

UMaine committed only 12 turnovers Monday and parlayed the possessions into more offensive production.

The Black Bears led only 69-65 after three quarters, but dominated the final period while outscoring the Red Bloomers 25-13.

Coach Cindy Blodgett’s team returned to Orono with a 3-1 record on its exhibition tour

“It was nice to see the younger players get some real game experience in August,” Blodgett said.

The Bears placed five players in double figures Monday as sophomore guard Katelyn Vanderhoff tossed in 14 points and redshirt freshman Amanda Smith 13. Junior Samantha Wheeler and freshman Ashleigh Roberts contributed 11 points each, while junior transfer Shay Longstaff added nine points on three 3-pointers.

Tamara Tompkins sparked the University of New Brunswick, matching Wellington with a game-high 23 points.

Leah Colby netted 16 points and Jessica Steed posted 10 for the hosts.

The Bears got plenty of contributions from their newcomers again Monday.

Roberts, who played regularly in the absence of junior guard Brittany Williams (shoulder injury), led the way, while Longstaff and freshman post players Ali Nalivaika and Jaymie Druding chipped in with some solid minutes.

“Ali Nalivaika played real well for us [Sunday],” Blodgett said. “It was the first time she actually got [significant] minutes. She came in and gave us a nice spark.

“We were able to get our young players in and have them get their first taste of what it would be like playing college basketball and they responded very well.”

The Bears now return to playing pickup ball and will begin individual and small-group workouts when classes begin next week.

“They felt like getting used to each other’s tendencies on the court has been helpful,” Blodgett said.

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