FORT MYERS, Fla. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team could not overcome an early second-half run by Florida Gulf Coast as the Black Bears fell 79-49 on Saturday.
Maine slipped to 1-6 while Florida GC improved to 4-3.
Liz Wood paced the Maine attack with her first career double-double as she tallied 10 points with 10 rebounds.
The Eagles had three scorers in double-figures led by Sarah Hansen’s 20 points and eight rebounds. FGCU won the turnover battle 28-8 and turned the Black Bears’ 28 turnovers into 33 points.
With the Black Bears trailing early by six, Maine picked up its offensive tempo, racing down the court for a pair of baskets to cut the Eagle lead to just one midway through the first half. Maine started its run by finding Brittany Wells on the right wing for a three. Following the make, Wood ripped down a rebound and hit the outlet. Maine raced back down the court and found Wood on the post where the freshmen made a move to the inside for two, bringing Maine within one at 22-21.
The Eagles answered by going on an extended 15-2 run as Joyce Iamstrong, Brittany Kennedy and Betsy Adams knocked down three-straight shots from beyond the arc to put FGCU up 37-23.
Maine once again fought back with a high-tempo offensive effort as the Black Bears staged a 7-1 run. Walczak began the action for Maine by working off the left block and converting on a layup while drawing a foul. Wood brought down an offensive board and made the putback before converting on a three next time down for Maine to cut the Eagle lead to eight.
FGCU scored the final five points of the half to regain its double-digit lead at the half, 43-30.
The Black Bears shot 42.9 percent from the field and went 4-for-11 from beyond the arc in the opening half while outrebounding the Eagles 26-16. Wood and Walczak each tallied seven points to lead Maine in the opening half.
The Eagles started the second half on fire as they went 5-for-7 from three-point range in the opening nine minutes while completing a 20-3 run to build their lead to 63-33.
Maine refused to go away as Weckström drained her second three-pointer of the game to begin a 6-0 run. Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) scored the next two buckets to complete the run as she grabbed a defensive rebound and raced down court for a layup.