Sophomore guard Lauren Bodine connected for six 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points Saturday afternoon, sparking the University of Maine women’s basketball team to a 64-51 America East victory over Binghamton University at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y.
Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears improved to 8-8 overall, 2-1 in conference play, while making 11 3-pointers in the contest.
UMaine held Binghamton (4-12, 1-2 AE) to 16 second-half points and was able to overcome foul difficulties that resulted in 24-for-36 free-throw shooting for the Bearcats.
Senior guard Ashleigh Roberts made three 3’s on her way to 16 points and led the Bears with nine rebounds to go with three assists and a steal. Sophomore post Anna Heise (7 rebounds) and classmate Chantel Charles tallied seven points each.
Sophomore Liz Wood scored only two points, but came up with six rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots before fouling out.
The Black Bears went 11-for-28 (39 percent) from beyond the arc after hitting 12 3-pointers in Wednesday’s win over Maryland Baltimore County.
Vaneeshia Paulk paced Binghamton with 20 points, including 10-for-12 shooting from the foul line. Julia Barac posted 10 points and eight rebounds, while Kandace Newry added six points and eight boards.
Leading 35-32 at intermission, the Bearcats scored the first basket of the second half on a Paulk layup. However, the hosts’ offensive highlights would be few after that as they shot only 3-for-24 (13 percent) from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
The Black Bears began to make their move when Roberts stuck a 3-pointer at the 19:04 mark. It ignited a game-changing 12-0 run.
Roberts followed with a foul shot, then hit a jumper to give UMaine a 38-37 lead. Bodine got into the act, nailing a 3-pointer, then Roberts connected again from long range to put the Bears in front 44-37 with 15:30 to play.
Binghamton couldn’t get closer than six points after that and a subsequent 7-0 run capped by a Charles close-range basket off a Sigi Koizar assist made it a 13-point contest (56-43) with 8:42 left.
The Bearcats led 35-32 at halftime after a first half marred by fouls.
Binghamton got the best of UMaine with their aggressive inside play. The result was 14 fouls called against the Black Bears and the hosts capitalized by making 15 of their 18 foul shots.
The Bearcats’ inside focus also helped them shoot 48 percent (10-for-21) from the field, while they grabbed an 18-12 rebounding edge.
UMaine was not effectively able to attack Binghamton’s half-court zone defense, which led the Black Bears to settle for a lot of perimeter shots.
The Bears missed a handful of close-range opportunities early in the contest, then went 4-for-14 from beyond the 3-point arc. UMaine used a couple of Bodine 3-pointers and dribble penetration from Cherrish Wallace to help stay in the game.
After a Roberts 3-pointer gave UMaine a 15-14 lead at the 11:28 mark, Binghamton took over. The Bearcats scored 10 unanswered points, six from the foul line, while holding the Black Bears scoreless for more than 6 ½ minutes on the way to a 26-15 advantage.
UMaine ended its drought when Bodine made a 3-pointer at the 4:54 mark, then added another during a surge that helped the Bears tie it up in the final minute of the period.