The University of Maine women’s basketball team bounced back from its first America East loss of the season with a 68-54 victory at Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Amy Vachon’s club, which had lost at Hartford on Wednesday, improved its record to 12-7 overall and 5-1 in conference play while Stony Brook fell to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in America East.
Blanca Millan scored a team-high 20 points for UMaine, including 13 points during the second quarter as the Black Bears built a 38-32 halftime lead. Millan’s effort moved her past Tracey Frenette and into 14th place among UMaine’s career scoring leaders with 1,200 points.
Center Fanny Wadling recorded her second straight double-double, matching her career best with 15 rebounds to go with 14 points.
Point guard Dor Saar equalled a career high with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, while senior guard Parise Rossignol of Van Buren added nine points.
Senior forward Tanesha Sutton, UMaine’s second-leading scorer and rebounder, did not play in the game after suffering a leg injury in the previous contest.
Good ball movement was a key to the victory, as UMaine was credited with 23 assists on its 29 field goals. Saar and Maeve Carroll contributed five assists apiece.
UMaine used a 6-1 run to close out the first quarter with a 17-15 lead, then Millan took charge offensively during the second period by making 6 of 7 field-goal attempts as the Black Bears took a six-point cushion into intermission.
Stony Brook scored six unanswered points to tie the game midway through the third quarter, but 3-pointers by Rossignol and Saar helped UMaine close out the period on a 10-2 run good for a 56-48 advantage.
The Black Bears then limited Stony Brook to six points during the game’s final 10 minutes and extended their lead to as much as 66-50 on a jumper by Saar with 2:44 remaining.
UMaine shot 51 percent (29 of 57) from the field for the game compared to 39 percent (22 of 56) for Stony Brook.
The Black Bears return to action on Sunday, Jan. 27, when they host Binghamton in a noon start at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.