VESTAL, N.Y. – Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) tied her career-high with 22 points and had a career-high 13 rebounds to lead four Black Bears in double-figure scoring as the University of Maine women’s basketball defeated Binghamton by the score of 74-68 at the Events Center on Saturday afternoon. Maine improves to 3-22 overall and 2-10 in America East play while Binghamton falls to 4-22 and 3-10 in league play.
Maine took a quick 9-4 lead on six points from Wood and a three from Lauren Bodine(Louisville, Ky.).
Binghamton responded to go on a 16-to-5 run with 12 minutes left, making it 20-14 Bearcats.
Wood responded for the Black Bears and went on an 8-to-2 run by herself, including a nifty turnaround hook shot to knot the game at 22 with 9:17 left.
Binghamton answered with a three-point play, but a 9-to-2 Black Bear run capped by a deep three-pointer from Brittany Wells (Indianapolis, Ind.) made it 31-27 Maine with four minutes to go in the half.
The Bearcats got within 31-30, but Maine finished the half on a 7-to-3 run capped by Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine), who drove right and went by two Bearcat defenders, made the layup and got fouled just before the end of the half.
Wood had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Black Bears in the first half while Anderson added five points and three assists. Maine shot 51.6 percent while holding Binghamton to 40.6 percent.
The Bearcats cut the lead to 38-37 and 45-43, but Wood made a layup while getting fouled and Bodine swished a three from top of arc giving the Black Bears a 50-43 lead with 12:45 left.
Binghamton got within two at 53-51 with 9:37 left, but Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) made a jumper and Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) converted a layup and made a free throw to push the lead back to seven.
The scrappy Bearcats closed the lead to 61-57 with 4:49 left and 65-61 with 1:42 left, but the Black Bears made free throws to seal the game.
Gustafsson finished with 12 points while Bodine and Weckstrom each notched 11. Anderson added eight points and five assists. Wood was named Maine’s America East Payer of the Game.
Binghamton was led by Sherae Swinson who had 11 points.