ALBANY, N.Y. — Redshirt senior guard Jessica Fequiere scored a career-high 35 points and the University of Albany outscored the University of Maine women’s basketball team 36-19 in the second half Saturday to pull away to a 68-54 victory in an America East conference matchup at the SEFCU Arena in Albany, New York.
UAlbany, which also defeated UMaine in the 2017 America East championship game, is now 14-3 overall this season, 3-1 in conference play.
UMaine dips to 9-8 overall, 2-2 in the conference.
Fequiere shot 12 of 18 from the field, 5 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line to lead the Great Danes to victory.
Senior center Tiana Jo-Carter, the former Lake Region of Naples high school standout, added 12 points, four steals, three rebounds and two blocked shots for UAlbany. She now has 140 career blocks for the Great Danes and is closing in on the school record of 151 held by Gia Sanders.
Blanca Millan led UMaine in scoring for the seventh straight outing with 19 points and also pulled down five rebounds. Tanesha Sutton had 12 points and five rebounds for the Black Bears while Dor Saar contributed 11 points and four assists.
UMaine closed out a first half that featured 10 lead changes and six ties with a 13-5 run to take a 35-32 lead. Millan scored 15 points in the opening two periods.
The Black Bears then scored the first four points of the second half and took their largest lead of the game at 39-32 on a jumper by Millan 63 seconds into the third quarter to prompt a UAlbany timeout.
But UAlbany, which made 14 of 20 (70 percent) field-goal attempts after the break, outscored UMaine 18-5 during the remainder of the third quarter for a 50-44 lead and soon went on a 14-2 run to build its largest lead at 64-48.
The Black Bears return home on Monday to host Vermont at 1 p.m.