BU routs Maine women in league opener

Posted Jan. 02, 2011, at 5:10 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 02, 2011, at 6:50 p.m.

BOSTON — America East preseason favorite Boston University scored 18 unanswered points to open the second half Sunday afternoon, pulling away to register a 78-40 women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine in the teams’ mutual America East opener.

The Terriers (4-9) shot 62 percent from the field (18-for-29) in the second half while pulling away for their sixth consecutive win over the Black Bears.

Boston University also capitalized on mistakes by UMaine (2-11). The Terriers scored 38 points as a result of the Black Bears’ 26 turnovers.

It was UMaine’s most lopsided defeat in a conference game since an 82-34 loss at Hartford on Feb. 7, 2009.

Sophomore guard Chantell Alford torched the Bears for 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, while Kerry Cashman and Alex Young scored 12 points each. Mo Moran added 10 points and five assists and Caroline Steward added five assists and a team-high eight rebounds.

BU, which outrebounded UMaine 36-32, piled up 21 assists on its 30 field goals.

UMaine was led offensively by freshman guard Ashleigh Roberts, who finished with 12 points, including 8-for-9 free throw shooting. Katelyn Vanderhoff added nine points while Tanna Ross and Amber Smith added eight each.

Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Bears shot 27 percent (12-for-45) for the game.

UMaine was without junior forward Samantha Wheeler (postconcussion symptoms) for the eighth consecutive contest.

The Terriers held a 33-19 lead at halftime, but needed only six more minutes to blow the game open.

Spearheaded by Alford, the America East Rookie of the Year last season, Boston University made eight of its first nine field-goal attempts in the second half.

In the meantime, UMaine went 0-for-4 from the floor and committed five turnovers.

Alford’s efforts during the run included a jumper, a 3-pointer, back-to-back layups and another driving basket as BU made it 51-19 on Cashman’s three-point play with 14:38 to play.

Vanderhoff finally countered for UMaine with a layup off a Brittany Williams assist but the Bears never got within 30 points the rest of the way.

The Terriers scored 23 second-half points as a result of turnovers by the Bears.

The Bears play Wednesday night at perennial league power Hartford before returning home for a Sunday game against Maryland Baltimore County.

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