STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Stony Brook converted 21 first-half turnovers by the University of Maine into 18 points and built a lead it would not relinquish on its way to a 59-47 America East women’s basketball victory Saturday at Pritchard Gymnasium.

The Black Bears committed only four turnovers in the second half, but they were unable to overcome the first-half deficit.

Coach Cindy Blodgett’s UMaine team (7-18 overall, 3-10 AE) suffered its fifth straight loss heading into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. conference home game against border rival New Hampshire.

Stony Brook (8-17, 6-7 AE) wound up scoring 23 points as a result of the Bears’ turnovers.

Katelyn Vanderhoff paced UMaine with 12 points, six rebounds and three steals. Katia Bratishko provided 10 points and five rebounds, while Samantha Wheeler added nine points and five rebounds and Kristin Baker of Bingham eight points and five boards.

The Bears, who managed only eight assists, outrebounded the Seawolves 38-33, However, but the hosts came up with 30 bench points compared to three for UMaine.

Cassie Klockgether led Stony Brook with a game-high 17 points. Joia Daniels connected for 10 points, while Misha Horsey chipped in with six points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Stony Brook pulled in front with a key 10-2 surge in the first half. With the Seawolves leading 5-4, Jeter opened the run with a jumper at the 13:20 mark.

The hosts then scored nine unanswered points off four UMaine turnovers, to build a 17-6 advantage with 8:28 remaining in the first half.

The Bears actually committed eight turnovers during a span of three minutes, 40 seconds as SBU began to pull away. UMaine managed only two field-goal attempts during that time frame.

UMaine battled back with a 10-0 surge of its own, cutting the deficit to 17-16 on two Wheeler free throws at the 3:22 mark.

However, the Seawolves outscored the Bears 13-2 heading into halftime to build a 30-18 lead.

UMaine got as close as one point in the second half, but never was able to grab the lead.