The University of Maine scored 24 points as the result of 29 turnovers by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday afternoon while earning a 58-45 America East women’s basketball victory at the UMBC Events Center in Catonsville, Md.
Coach Amy Vachon’s Black Bears (17-7 overall, 10-1 AE) overcame a subpar 35 percent shooting effort and a rebounding deficit to post their sixth straight win and their fifth in a row over the Retrievers (8-17, 1-9 AE). UMaine did convert 15 of 21 free throws.
UMBC connected on 43 percent of its shots and grabbed a 36-25 rebounding advantage, but could not overcome its turnover woes.
Blanca Millan tallied a game-high 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and grabbed four rebounds. Parise Rossignol of Van Buren recorded 12 points, while Fanny Wadling filled the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, a blocked shot and no turnovers in 36 minutes.
Tanesha Sutton chipped in with seven points and four steals and Maddy McVicar of Calais posted eight points.
UMaine grabbed the lead from the outset and never trailed. The Black Bears built a 14-2 advantage over the first 7:47 of the contest.
However, UMaine managed only three field goals in the second quarter and clung to a 26-22 lead at halftime. The visitors also were hampered by the loss of sophomore point guard Dor Saar, who did not return after suffering an ankle injury in the second quarter.
Millan scored eight of the Black Bears’ 14 points in the third quarter, which ended with UMaine holding onto a 40-33 lead. However, Wadling’s layup and a 3-pointer by Rossignol made it a 10-point game.
UMBC responded behind Janee’a Summers, whose layup and two foul shots brought the hosts back within six points. UMaine tightened its defense and kept the Retrievers off the scoreboard for the next three minutes to aid a 6-0 burst that gave the Black Bears a 51-39 lead with 6:26 to play.
The Black Bears were held without a field goal the rest of the game, but made seven of eight from the foul line to put the contest out of reach.
Summers and Te’yJah Oliver led the Retrievers with 10 points apiece.
UMaine returns home for a key conference clash against Hartford at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The winner will take sole possession of first place in the America East standings.