Baltimore, Md. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team weathered an early scoring drought before outscoring UMBC 44-21 in the second and third quarters combined to cruise to a 64-50 victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Blanca Millan recorded her second career double-double, finishing with a game-high 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting and matching a career-best with 11 rebounds. The scoring total extended Millan’s double-digit streak to 15 consecutive games. Julie Brosseau added 18 points, stretching her double-digit streak to four-straight, while adding six rebounds and four assists. Tanesha Sutton chipped in 11 points and seven boards.
Maine (9-7, 2-1 America East) was dominant on the boards and especially impressive on the offensive glass. The Black Bears hauled down a season-high 20 offensive boards and controlled the rebounding action by an overall, 45-26 margin over UMBC (1-15, 0-3 AE). The total marked the third-straight 40 rebound performance by the Black Bears and the 13th time this season in which it has finished with double-digit offensive boards.
After struggling (3-of-18) shooting in the first quarter, the Black Bears caught fire in the second. Maine went 10-for-13 (76.9) in the second quarter, outscoring the Retrievers 22-12 in the period. Maine trailed by four early in the second before reeling off 10-straight field goals, coming as part of a 19-6 sprint to extend the visitor’s lead to 11. The Black Bears, who took their first lead with 5:27 to play in the second, never trailed again.
Maine, which led by eight at the break, opened the second half on a 6-0 run with a pair of buckets from Millan. The Retrievers cut the lead back to 10 with 6:06 remaining in the third but would be held scoreless over the next 6:21. During that period, the Black Bears dashed out to an 11-0 run, extending their lead to 21.
Sutton’s jumper early in the fourth gave Maine its largest lead of the contest, 57-35, before wrapping up the 59-40 America East road victory.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. when they travel to UAlbany for a rematch of last season’s America East title game live on ESPN3.