Syracuse knocks UMaine women’s basketball team from unbeaten ranks

Posted Nov. 24, 2013, at 4:51 p.m.
Ashleigh Roberts of the University of Maine, pictured in a Nov. 14 game against North Dakota State, scored a team-high 14 points Sunday in the Black Bears' 97-42 loss at Syracuse.
Ashleigh Roberts of the University of Maine, pictured in a Nov. 14 game against North Dakota State, scored a team-high 14 points Sunday in the Black Bears' 97-42 loss at Syracuse. Buy Photo

The University of Maine women’s basketball team had its early-season winning streak ended unceremoniously Sunday afternoon.

Syracuse scored the first 12 points of the game en route to a commanding 25-point advantage while cruising to a 97-42 victory at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

The Orange shot 44 percent from the field, outrebounded UMaine 55-33 and helped force 27 turnovers while improving to 4-0.

Syracuse (5-0) placed five players in double figures, paced by Brittney Sykes’ game-high 19 points along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Brianna Butler tallied 15 points, Briana Daqy logged a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Isabella Slim scored 10 points for the winners, who piled up 27 offensive rebounds and scored 22 second-chance points.

Rachel Coffey dished out five assists.

UMaine (3-1) was paced by senior guard Ashleigh Roberts, who finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Liz Wood added 10 points and six rebounds, but had six turnovers.

Sophomore guard Sophie Weckstrom chipped in eight points for the Black Bears, who shot 32 percent from the field, including only 23 percent (5-for-22) in the first half.

Syracuse took command early, grabbing a 12-0 lead less than three minutes into the game on Slim’s 3-pointer at the 17:03 mark.

UMaine missed its first three shots and committed three turnovers in the first 3:04, before Weckstrom hit a jumper in the paint to break the ice with 16:12 to play in the half.

However, the Orange responded by scoring 15 unanswered points. A 3-pointer by La’shay Taft extended their lead to 27-2 with 12:26 left in the half.

The Black Bears’ woes included seven turnovers and 1-for-9 shooting before Courtney Anderson of Greene hit a 3-pointer at the 11:59 mark. Syracuse kept up its torrid pace, racing to a 51-13 halftime lead.

UMaine returns to action Friday in its Thanksgiving tournament at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Bears face Atlantic 10 member Massachusetts in Friday’s 5 p.m. game, with Wisconsin-Green Bay and William & Mary slated for a 7 p.m. tip.

The winners advance to Saturday’s 7 p.m. tournament title game, with the losers squaring off in the consolation contest at 5 p.m.

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