|Stony Brook University||UMaine|
Bangor, Maine — The University of Maine women’s basketball team (8-6, 1-0 America East) broke a 25-25 halftime tie by outscoring Stony Brook (8-6, 0-1 AE) 39-31 in the second half to take a 64-56 victory in the America East opener on Wednesday evening.
The Black Bears, who are now 23-2 in league play at the Cross Insurance Center, were led by Blanca Millan who poured in 20 points while adding seven rebounds and three steals. The scoring total was Millan’s fifth time besting 20 points this season and her 13th consecutive double-digit performance.
Julie Brosseau added 19 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc while Fanny Wadling chipped in seven points and seven rebounds. With the Black Bears facing early foul trouble, Maeve Carroll provided key minutes off the bench while finishing with six points, four assists and matching a career-high with nine rebounds.
The Black Bears were strong on the rebounding front, edging out the Seawolves on the boards 40-29 on the boards.
The third quarter proved to be a big deciding factor in the game. Maine was again strong coming out of the halftime break as it went 7-of-12 (58.3) in the third period while outscoring Stony Brook 22-17 over the 10-minute margin.
The first half featured four ties with neither team able to build more than a six point edge. The Black Bears opened the first quarter with an 8-2 run to take their largest lead of the opening half.
Stony Brook answered with a 9-1 run to take its first lead of the game, 11-9, with 3:08 left in the first period.
The game would be tied two more times in the first, moving into the second period at 14-all.
Stony Brook’s lead was extended to three in the second period. Four-times, Maine cut the lead down to one but could not get over the hump. The Seawolves moved the lead back to three before Parise Rossignol’s 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game into the break knotted at 25-25.
The Black Bears’ carried the momentum from Rossignol’s three-point field goal into the second half. Dor Saar began the third period with a 3-pointer before Millan’s layup gave the Black Bears a 30-25 lead.
Stony Brook cut the lead to one before the Black Bears answered with an 11-3 run. A triple from Brosseau jump started Maine before four free throws and another layup from Millan off a nice feed by Carroll extended the Maine lead out to nine.
The home team lead would stand at 47-42 entering the final quarter.
Stony Brook kept charging, this time chipping the advantage all the way down to a pair.
However, Maine again responded strong, this time with an 8-0 sprint. Back-to-back triples from Brosseau and Millan gave Maine its largest lead of the night, 55-45, with 5:50 to play.
The lead would not shrink below six the rest of the way as Maine held on for a 64-56 win in its America East league opener.
The Black Bears continue America East play on Saturday, Jan. 8 when they host Binghamton at 1 p.m.