ORONO, Maine — It was a far cry from the blowout in the first meeting between the two teams, but Boston University ultimately demonstrated why it is the team to beat this season in the America East Conference.
The Terriers overcame a lackluster first half with a determined second-half effort that carried them to a 73-50 women’s basketball victory over the University of Maine at Alfond Arena Wednesday night.
Boston University (18-6, 11-0 AE) wore out the UMaine defense, spreading the floor and pounding the ball inside effectively in the second half. The visitors, who continued to knock down 3-pointers, also intensified their rebounding to pull away.
Coach Richard Barron’s Black Bears (6-18, 3-8 AE), who had been embarrassed 75-34 in the Jan. 11 meeting in Boston, made the Terriers work much harder for the victory this time around.
BU eventually put together an 18-3 run starting at the 6:04 mark to pull away from UMaine.
Chantell Alford tossed in 18 points, including 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point distance, to set the pace for BU. Rashidat Agboola provided 14 points and eight rebounds, Caroline Stewart contributed 11 points and 10 boards, and Alex Young added nine points.
The Terriers shot 50 percent (11-for-22) from long range and connected at 53 percent in the second half. They also outrebounded the Bears 48-33, including 30-7 in the final 20 minutes.
Sam Baranowski led UMaine with 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Danielle Walczak posted 11 points and four rebounds, Brittany Williams hit for eight points and Courtney Anderson of Greene handed out six assists.
At one point in the first half, the Terriers had knocked down five consecutive 3-pointers on their way to a 25-10 advantage.
Before it was over, the Black Bears had battled back to within three points at 30-27.
UMaine’s effort so inspired Barron that he came back out of the locker room and picked up the public address microphone. The fired-up coach implored the small crowd to cheer loudly for the team during the second half.
He pointed out BU led UMaine 44-12 at halftime of the 75-34 loss in Boston on Jan. 11.
UNE 68, E. Nazarene 51
At Biddeford, the University of New England opened the second half with a 14-2 run to break open a 31-all tie on its way the victory.
Kelley Paradis paced the 18-4 winners with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Kelly Coleman chipped in with 13 points, Liz LeBlanc added 11 and Margo Russell netted 10 to go with five assists.
Ace Carradine paced 10-12 Eastern Nazarene with 11 points.
UMFK 74, UMPI 73
At Presque Isle, Erika Christensen’s layup with three seconds left gave UMaine-Fort Kent the victory in the third overtime period.
Christensen sent the game into the first overtime when she made two free throws in the final seconds.
Christensen paced 7-11 UMFK with 21 points and seven rebounds while Jenn Colpitts chipped in with 20 points. Maliesha Caesar contributed with 12 points, 18 rebounds and six assists.
Rashell Saucier scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead 8-11 UMPI. Emily Moore added a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists while Renee Moore recorded 13 points.
UMFK 75, UMPI 64
At Presque Isle, Jeremy Thomas and Othniel Hyliger each scored 17 points to lead UMaine-Fort Kent by UM-Presque Isle.
The Bengals led by as much as 20 in the second half.
Patrick Manifold paced UMPI with 21 points and 15 rebounds.