Hanover, N.H. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team was strong down the stretch, outscoring Dartmouth 15-4 over the final period to score its sixth-straight victory over the Big Green, 64-51, on Saturday afternoon at Leede Arena.
Fanny Wadling led four Black Bears in double-figures as the sophomore tallied a career-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Parise Rossigol also bested a career-high with a 14 points effort on a 4-for-6 day from 3-point range. Tanesha Sutton chipped in 13 points and a team-high six rebounds while Blanca Millan recorded her ninth-straight double-digit performance with 10 points.
The Black Bears (6-4) forced Dartmouth (6-2) to find its offense from the outside as they held a 30-12 scoring advantage in the paint. Maine continued its sharp-shooting from outside, notching its seventh-straight game of hitting six or more 3-pointers. Overall, Maine finished the contest 26-for-59 (44.1) from the floor.
Maine’s offense got off to a hot start, hitting 10-of-16 (62.5) attempts in the first period on its way to a 24 points showing over the opening 10-minutes. The Black Bears opened a 10-point lead in the opening five minutes after Rossignol’s triple completed a 16-6 run.
However, after Maine’s initial first quarter surge, the Big Green were able to settle in and cut the lead back down to three. The Black Bears would lead 24-20 entering the second quarter.
Rossignol began the period with another triple but Dartmouth answered, breaking out an 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game with 4:45 left in the half. Another 3-pointer by Rossignol ended the run before Wadling’s bucket regained a four-point edge for the Black Bears.
Dartmouth closed out the half on a 4-0 sprint, sending the game into the break all tied at 32.
Neither team was able to gain separation in the third as Dartmouth’s Olivia Smith’s layup tied the game for the fifth time. Jumpers by Sutton and Wadling broke the tie before Maine entered the final period with a 49-47 advantage.
Maine was able to put the game away with a strong fourth quarter. Leading by two, the Black Bears put together a 7-0 run on back-to-back buckets by Sutton before Wadling hit a big three-point field goal to give Maine a 58-49 lead.
The Black Bears went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to seal a 64-51 victory.
Maine has a week off before it travels to face No. 6/4 Mississippi St., on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.