LOWELL, Mass. — Lauren Bodine hit 6 of 8 3-point shots and finished with 20 points to carry the Maine Black Bears by the UMass Lowell River Hawks 75-66 in the first ever women’s basketball matchup between the two America East schools Thursday night.
Bodine missed tying the Maine record for most 3-point field goals in a game by one as the Black Bears improved to 10-9 overall and 4-2 in America East while league newcomer UML slipped to 2-16 and 1-6, respectively.
The 10 victories are the most for a Maine team since the 2006-2007 season, when the Bears went 13-15.
Cherrish Wallace bolstered the Maine attack with a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists while Ashleigh Roberts turned in another solid effort, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Chantel Charles provided eight points and three assists, while Sigi Koizar contributed six points, six rebounds and two assists.
Maine showed off a strong shooting effort, converting 53 percent of its shots (28 of 53) from the floor, including a 50 percent performance (9 of 18) from 3-point land and 77 percent (10 of 13) from the foul line.
Jasmine McRoy sparked the River Hawks with 19 points and eight rebounds. Lindsey Doucette chipped in with 17 points and Shannon Samuels added 16.
The Bears committed 22 turnovers, but UMass Lowell wound up with 19 of its own.
The Bears jumped out to a hot start, knocking down three straight 3-pointers before completing an 11-2 run. Bodine and Wallace hit 3’s on Maine’s first two possessions.
The two teams exchanged scoring surges before the River Hawks closed out the half on a 5-0 spurt to cut Maine’s lead to 33-26 at halftime.
The Bears started the second half with a 7-2 run as Wallace hit a 3-pointer before forcing a steal and capitalizing with a fast-break layup. After three River Hawk points, Wallace made a nice read down low to Roberts for two as Maine led 40-29.
The River Hawks cut it down to seven but Maine answered with a 10-3 rally and upped its advantage to as much as 20 to secure the victory.
The Black Bears return home for the first of a two-game homestand when they host Stony Brook at noon Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.