December 15, 2018
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Millan scores 1,000th point to lead UMaine women’s basketball team past Harvard

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
Blanca Millan (22) of the University of Maine has her shot blocked by Hartford's Darby Lee (15) as the Hawks' Lindsey Abey (left) looks on during Friday's America East women's basketball championship game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Blanca Millan, who finished with a season-high 26 points, became the 20th Black Bear in UMaine women’s basketball history to record 1,000 points, doing so while helping the Black Bears earn a 67-60 victory at Harvard.

The Black Bears, who have now strung together four consecutive victories, improve to 6-2 overall after going 4-1 over their most recent five-game road trip.

Dor Saar continued to rack up the assists, posting her second-straight nine assist performance to go along with 11 points on 11-of-12 from the free throw line. Millan, the seventh fastest Black Bear to 1,000 points, ended her historic night 10-of-19, including a 5-for-10 mark from three-point range, to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Millan now stands just one steal away from tying Melissa Heon for seventh on Maine’s all-time steals list. Maddy McVicar added a career-high 10 points while Parise Rossignol chipped in eight points and eight boards.

Maine finished the evening with 10 three-point field goals, its second consecutive game posting double-digit totals from beyond the arc and the third overall performance of the season.

The Black Bears continued their recent trend of getting out to a hot start when Rossignol’s first quarter triple capped an 11-4 run to start the contest.

Millan kept things rolling as she hit back-to-back treys, the second of which giving her 1,000 career points, to extend the lead out to 11. Maine kept rolling through the opening period as Millan, who finished the first quarter with 17 points, stroked a jumper to send Maine into the second with a 22-11 edge.

McVicar’s triple early in the second gave Maine its largest lead of the first half; a 12-point cushion.

Harvard responded with an 8-2 run, chipping the Maine advantage back down to five with 3:26 left in the half. The Crimson was able to cut the lead all the way to three before Maine closed out the half on a slim 4-1 run to take a 33-27 lead into the break.

Back-to-back triples from Millan and McVicar early in the third came as part of an 8-0 run, sending the lead back to double-digits at 41-30.

After another three from McVicar extended the lead back out to 12, Harvard closed the third on a 10-2 run to trim the Maine advantage back down to four moving into the final period.

Rossignol’s three-point field goal with 8:11 left sparked a short 5-0 run for the Black Bears, who rebuilt their lead to nine with just under seven minutes remaining.

The Crimson was able to once again chip away, cutting the deficit to four with with 3:11 on the clock.

Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch by the Black Bears, who went 12-for-13 as a team in the final minutes including an impressive 11-of-12 from Saar, closed things out as Maine captured the 67-60 road victory.

The Black Bears return home to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday when they host Brown at 1 p.m.


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