Boston University women crush turnover-prone UMaine

Posted Jan. 11, 2012, at 10:59 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 11, 2012, at 11:31 p.m.

BOSTON — Boston University scored 35 points off 24 University of Maine turnovers Wednesday night while cruising to a 75-34 America East women’s basketball victory at Case Gym.

The Terriers manufactured 21 points off 13 turnovers in the first half alone, building a commanding 44-12 advantage.

Boston University (10-6, 3-0 AE) received a game-high 22 points from Alex Young, who went 6-for-9 from 3-point range. Chantell Alford contributed 13 points, seven assists and three steals.

Caroline Stewart added six points and 12 rebounds for the Terriers, who went 10-for-21 from long range and outrebounded the Black Bears 40-33.

It was the 10th consecutive loss for coach Richard Barron’s UMaine ballclub, which slipped to 3-13 (0-3 AE).

Sophomore guard Ashleigh Roberts led the way for the Bears with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Samantha Baranowski added five points and four rebounds for UMaine, which shot 27 percent (12-for-45) from the field.

Corinne Wellington pulled down 10 rebounds for the Bears.

UMaine was without freshman guard/forward Becca Knight of Alfred, who missed the game after suffering an undisclosed injury during a recent practice.

BU put the game out of reach with a 24-0 scoring run in the first half. The Terriers led only 14-6 after UMaine’s Danielle Walczak hit a jumper 4:15 into the contest, but the Bears would not score again until Baranowski made a free throw with 4:54 left in the half.

By that time, the Terriers held a commanding 38-7 lead.

UMaine went 0-for-9 from the field and committed eight turnovers during its protracted scoring drought.

The Bears return to action Saturday with a 2 p.m. home game against Albany at Alfond Arena in Orono.

Williams 68, UMPI 34

At Williamstown, Mass., the Ephs used a 14-0 run in the first half to take a 12-point lead and cruised past the University of Maine-Presque Isle.

Claire Baecher topped Williams (13-1) with 14 points, and Rashell powered the Owls (4-8) with 11 points and nine rebounds.

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