BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Maine Black Bears turned in a strong shooting effort and capitalized on turnovers en route to a 69-52 women’s basketball victory over the Vermont Catamounts in America East action Wednesday night.
Maine improved to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in the league by nailing 53 percent of its shots from the floor (25 of 47) and 78 percent from the foul line (14 of 18), while Vermont slipped to 6-17 overall and 3-7 in the league by struggling to a 30 percent performance from the floor (17 of 56).
The Bears also forced 28 Vermont turnovers and scored 30 points off the miscues.
Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood each scored 17 points to lead the Black Bears while Roberts also had four steals and Wood had four rebounds.
Sophie Weckstrom, Chantel Charles and Sigi Koizar each chipped in with seven points for the Bears with Koizar also picking up two assists.
Sam Simononis paced Vermont with 12 points, Kristina White added 11 and Kylie Atwood put in 10.
The Black Bears hit 58 percent of their shots (14 of 24) in the first half to surge to an eight-point lead. Wood started the second half with a layup and Cherrish Wallace followed with two free throws to put the Bears up by 12 about a minute into the half.
The Catamounts would cut the lead back down to eight a minute later but that’s the closest they would get in the game’s remainder as the Black Bears steadily pulled away, upping their lead up to 24 with 3:17 left in the game.
Vermont did take an 8-7 lead to start the game, but the Black Bears responded with a 14-2 scoring run over the next four minutes to take a 20-9 lead with 13:20 left in the first half. Woods scored five points and Roberts added four to fuel the surge.
The Catamounts battled back to tie it at 22-22 with 5:02 left in the half and the teams were fairly even until the last 90 seconds when the Roberts scored four of Maine’s final five points to end the half strongly for a 34-26 Maine advantage.
UMFK 71, UMPI 63
At Fort Kent, Samantha Carapellucci scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead UMaine-Fort Kent by UM-Presque Isle.
Alexis Sarne added 12 points for UMFK and Kayla Richards notched eight assists.
Olivia McNally scored 25 points and Amanda Hotham added 24 to lead UMPI.
UMFK 78, UMPI 52
At Fort Kent, James Givins poured in 27 points and Fred Sanchez added 20 to lead UMFK by UMPI.
Jorge Matensanz added 14 points for the Warriors.
Michael Warner paced UMPI with 22 points and Claude Louis added 10.