Vestal, N.Y. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team avenged an earlier season loss to Binghamton with a convincing 61-38 victory over the Bearcats on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win, Maine’s sixth in a row, moves the Black Bears to 8-2 in America East action and into a tie atop the standings with UAlbany.
Blanca Millan poured in a game-high 20 points, marking her 22nd consecutive game in double-digits and her ninth time besting 20 points this season. Millan narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds and added to her league leading steal total with five takeaways. Tanesha Sutton, who returned after missing Maine’s last game with an injury, didn’t skip a beat. Sutton finished with 15 points and nine boards while Julie Brosseau joined the duo in double-digits with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
The Black Bears, who are now 5-1 on the road in the league, dominated play down low, holding a 28-12 edge in points in the paint while outrebounding the Bearcats, 40-31.
Maine (15-8, 8-2), which entered action leading the league in scoring defense, held Binghamton (15-8, 6-4) to its season-low point total (38) while forcing the Bearcats to a dismal 13-for-52 shooting performance.
The game featured just one tie and no lead changes as Maine led the entire way and have now trailed for just 2:29 over its six-game win streak. During the stretch, Maine has held its opponent under 50 points in four of its last five games.
The Black Bears were hot out of the gate, shooting 61.5 percent in the first quarter and defensively holding the Bearcats to a 3-for-15 (20.0) showing over the opening 10-minutes.
Maine went to its strong suit to distance itself from the Bearcats in the first as it was able to piece together a 12-2 run on three straight triples. Millan began the stretch with a three before Parise Rossignol hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc, giving Maine a 17-5 cushion. After a Binghamton make, Brosseau joined the fun with a triple to end the quarter and give Maine a 20-7 lead.
Leading by 12 early in the second, Maine broke out another scoring sprint. Sutton’s tallied seven points as part of a 9-0 jaunt by the Black Bears, giving them their largest lead of the first half (21) at 31-10 with 5:33 on the clock.
Binghamton responded with a 10-0 run of its own, cutting the lead back down to 11. Three points from Millan closed the half, sending the Black Bears into the break with a 34-20 advantage.
Maine began the third with a a 11-7 run capped on a triple from Brosseau which extended the Black Bear lead to 18.
After Binghamton scored the final three points of the third, Maine put the nail in the coffin early in the fourth. The Black Bears opened the final period on a 12-0 run to extend the lead out to 27 with 3:33 to play. Maine cruised over the last minutes of the quarter to pick up its sixth win in a row, 61-38.
The Black Bears return home on Monday evening to host Hartford at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit the Cross Insurance Center box office or purchase online at TicketMaster.com.