ALBANY, N.Y. — Ebone Henry scored 25 points and the University of Maine committed 23 turnovers Saturday afternoon as the University at Albany earned a 68-55 America East women’s basketball victory at SEFCU Arena.
The second-place Great Danes (17-9 overall, 11-2 AE) took an eight-point lead into the locker room at halftime, then extended the advantage to as many as 14 points in the second half to post the win.
The Black Bears’ turnovers and 23 offensive rebounds by Albany meant 19 additional field-goal attempts by the hosts.
UMaine (6-19, AE 3-9) managed only five assists on the afternoon.
Henry went 7-for-7 from the foul line and notched five rebounds and three steals to pace Albany, which received 13 points from Adrienne Jones. Sarah Royals added seven points, four assists and four steals for the winners, while Cassandra Callaway added seven points, all from the foul line.
Albany went 22-for-29 from the charity stripe.
Maine was led by senior forward Samantha Baranowski, who provided 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots. She committed nine turnovers.
Junior center Corinne Wellington tallied nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Bears. Becca Knight of Alfred and Amber Dillon contributed nine points each and Danielle Walczak added eight points and five boards.
Albany took the lead for good (19-17) on Megan Craig’s jumper with just under four minutes to play in the first half. After the teams traded foul shots, Henry converted four free throws down the stretch to give the Great Danes a 32-24 edge at halftime.
The hosts eventually pushed the lead to 50-36 with 11 minutes remaining on baskets by Lindsey Lowrie and Henry, before the Bears made a final surge.
A layup by Wellington later cut the UMaine deficit to 58-51, but Henry and Callaway combined to go 8-for-8 from the foul line down the stretch to preserve the victory.