VESTAL, N.Y. — Binghamton University ended the first half on an 8-2 run, then scored the first 13 points of the second half to pull away for a 70-43 America East women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears fell to 3-18 overall and 1-8 in league play while suffering their sixth straight loss.
UMaine was held to 18 second-half points and scored only 22 points over the final 24 1/2 minutes of action.
Binghamton (14-8, 7-2 AE) limited the Bears to 25 percent shooting after halftime and scored 22 points as a result of UMaine’s 21 turnovers. The Bears went 0-for-10 from 3-point range and made only nine of 14 foul shots.
The Bearcats also outrebounded UMaine 55-43 and came away with 22 offensive rebounds.
Jackie Ward paced the hosts with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Andrea Holmes tossed in 18 points while Viive Rebane added seven points and 11 rebounds. Jasbriell Swain provided eight points and 14 rebounds.
Freshman guard Ashleigh Roberts led UMaine with 14 points on 6-for-18 shooting. Junior forward Samantha Baranowski provided eight points and two blocked shots.
Redshirt freshman forward Shareka Maner tallied six points and pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds for the Black Bears, who also received six points and seven rebounds from redshirt sophomore forward Corinne Wellington.
UMaine was in contention at halftime and trailed 33-25. Binghamton scored six points in the last 40 seconds of the half on Orla O’Reilly’s layup, and a layup and jumper by Ward.
However, the Bearcats quickly ended the suspense early in the second half.
Ward drained a 3-pointer five seconds into the period and scored a layup 50 seconds later to send the hosts on their way. She kept the surge going with another 3-pointer, before a layup by Rebane and a 3-pointer by O’Reilly made it 46-25 with 16:29 remaining.
UMaine, which committed five turnovers in that span, wound up with only five assists in the contest.
Binghamton went 7-for-15 on 3-pointers in the second half to help put the game out of reach.
The Black Bears would never get closer than 15 points after that juncture and Binghamton stretched its lead to as many as 30 points with 4:17 to play.
UMaine returns to action Tuesday with a 7 p.m. home game against league-leading Boston University.