Bangor, Maine — The University of Maine women’s basketball team, which led by as many as nine, was unable to hold on to its lead, dropping a 66-62 decision in overtime to visiting Binghamton on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Bears carried a 47-41 edge into the final quarter but were outscored 18-12 in the fourth and 7-3 in the overtime period as Binghamton took advantage of 25 Maine turnovers in the victory.
Blanca Millan, who has tallied double-digit scoring efforts in each of her last 14 outings, finished with 21 points just one game removed from recording 20 points in a win over Stony Brook. Millan has now scored 20+ six times this season. Julie Brosseau added a 20 point showing, her fifth of the season, after knocking down five three-point field goals to go along with five rebounds and three assists.
The Black Bears hit 11-of-27 from 3-point range, their fifth time recording double-digit total in three-point field goals this season.
The offense was on early for Maine as back-to-back-to-back triples from Parise Rossignol, Millan and Brosseau came as part of a 9-2 run, giving the Black Bears an eight point advantage.
Binghamton ended the first quarter with a 5-0 run to chip the lead to three. Maine answered with an 8-2 run, with six points coming from Brosseau, to take its largest lead of the game, 28-19.
The Bearcats again ended the quarter strong, rallying for a 6-0 run over the final 3:36 of the half as the Black Bears entered the break with a 32-29 lead.
As has been a recent trend, the Black Bears put together their best shooting period in the third, finishing the quarter at 46.2 percent. However, Binghamton was able to take its first lead of the contest on a triple by Kai Moon midway through the period.
Binghamton ran its lead to four before Maine put together a run of its own. Maine ended the quarter with a 10-0 run as Brosseau’s triple with 47-seconds left gave Maine a 47-41 advantage, one it would take into the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats pieced together a 9-0 run early in the fourth to regain a four point lead.
The advantage would quickly swing as Maine ran off eight unanswered, starting and ending with triples from Brosseau. Maine’s lead would be 57-53 with 4:34 left in regulation.
Binghamton tied the game for the second time on a 4-0 run before Brosseau found Millan for a layup, giving the Black Bears a two point lead with 1:51 to play.
Rossignol pulled down a big defense rebound as Maine looked to add to its lead late. However, the Black Bears would turn it over as Binghamton’s Rebecca Carmody came up with the steal before racing down court for a layup to knot the score at 59-59 with 1:05 left.
Maine would have two more chances down the stretch to break the tie but came up short on its attempts, sending the game into overtime. Nine of Binghamton’s 18 fourth quarter points came off Maine turnovers.
Wadling banked home a three-point field goal as the shot clock reached zero with 4:17 on the clock. However, the Black Bears would not score again. Binghamton ended the game on a 7-0 run to take the contest, 66-62.
Maine continues America East action on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. on ESPN3.