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Follow along as UMaine defends its America East championship title against Hartford

Pete Warner | BDN
Pete Warner | BDN
UMaine women's basketball player Tanesha Sutton

The University of Maine women’s basketball team defeated the University of Hartford 68-48 on Friday evening at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to win its second straight America East title. Check here for a recap of all the game highlights.


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March 15, 20194:45 pm

UMaine and Hartford have been through their pregame warmups. Tip in about 10 minutes here at the Cross Insurance Center


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March 15, 20194:47 pm

This is the fourth straight appearance in the America East title game for the Black Bears.


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March 15, 20194:48 pm

UMaine is riding a 13-game winning streak coming into today’s contest


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March 15, 20194:52 pm

A nice crowd of an estimated 2,800 welcomes the Black Bears onto the court


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March 15, 20194:52 pm

Hartford has nine players in uniform and six others who are not dressed for the game


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March 15, 20194:53 pm

UMaine has won its last six meetings at home against the Hawks. The only blemish on the Black Bears’ conference record this season was a 49-46 loss at Hartford on Jan. 16


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March 15, 20194:55 pm

UMaine led America East in home attendance at 1,669 this season, but I would guess we have at least another 1,000 more than that in the CIC already. 


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March 15, 20195:03 pm

A good sign right out of the gate for UMaine as Parise Rossignol, who has been struggling of late, buries a 3


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March 15, 20195:04 pm

Hartford applying full-court pressure, then falling back into a 2-3 zone


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March 15, 20195:04 pm

Another 3 for Rossignol makes it 6-0 UMaine


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March 15, 20195:05 pm

Fanny Wadling from down low makes it 8-zip


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March 15, 20195:05 pm

And Wadling with a block at the other end


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March 15, 20195:06 pm

Hartford now in player-to-player defense. And a driving layup by Millan makes it 10-0 UMaine with only 2:59 gone in the game


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March 15, 20195:06 pm

Timeout Hartford


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March 15, 20195:07 pm

Hartford sets up a bunch of chairs on the playing surface during the timeout rather than suing its bench. 


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March 15, 20195:07 pm

Hartford rolls out its dance team and cheerleaders during the break, which will be substantial with the game airing on ESPNU


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March 15, 20195:08 pm

Black Bears are 4-for-5 from the field with two 3’s. Hartford is 0-for-3 with two turnovers


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March 15, 20195:09 pm

A stark contrast from the AE semifinal game in which UMaine fell behind 19-9 against UAlbany


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March 15, 20195:09 pm

UMaine is in player-to-player out of the timeout


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March 15, 20195:10 pm

Ella Awojabo puts the Hawks on the board, but Wadling answers at the other end. 12-2 UMaine


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March 15, 20195:11 pm

Jade Young into the game for Harford


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March 15, 20195:11 pm

Lindsey Abed from downtown for 3. 12-5 UMaine


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March 15, 20195:12 pm

UMaine forces a Hartford turnover — the Hawks rank among the national leaders in turnovers forced


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March 15, 20195:13 pm

Sierra DaCosta from 18 feet in transition and UMaine’s lead is down to 12-8… then Rossignol answers with a 3


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March 15, 20195:14 pm

Black Bears up 15-8 with 3:28 left first quarter


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March 15, 20195:14 pm

Maeve Carroll in for UMaine replacing Fanny Wadling


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March 15, 20195:15 pm

Rossignol doesn’t connect this time and the ball goes out of bound to Hartford. Rossignol is 3-for-6 shooting


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March 15, 20195:16 pm

A couple of misses by the Bears and a foul on Sutton 90 feet from the basket. Maddy McVicar in for UMaine to give Rossignol a blow


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March 15, 20195:16 pm

Still 15-8 Black Bears with 2:10 left in the quarter. Wadling back in for Carroll


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March 15, 20195:17 pm

Maddy McVicar for 3 from the corner


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March 15, 20195:17 pm

Black Bears are staying spread wide in their offense


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March 15, 20195:17 pm

And UMaine slows it down for a bit


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March 15, 20195:18 pm

UMaine’s lead is 18-8, final 35 seconds of the quarter


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March 15, 20195:18 pm

UMaine has the ball and will hold for the last shot


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March 15, 20195:19 pm

And the first quarter ends with UMaine leading Hartford 18-8 in the America East championship game


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March 15, 20195:19 pm

UMaine shooting a solid 8-for-18 from the field while Hartford has struggled at 3-for-13


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March 15, 20195:22 pm

No turnovers yet for the Black Bears against the Hawks, whose opponents average 24.9 per game, second most in Division I


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March 15, 20195:22 pm

Hawks ball to start the quarter


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March 15, 20195:23 pm

Accidental offense as Jade Young picks up a loose ball underneath


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March 15, 20195:23 pm

Dor Saar joins the 3-point parade. UMaine 21-10


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March 15, 20195:24 pm

Black Bears still in player-to-player


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March 15, 20195:24 pm

Millan slices through the defense in transition for a layup


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March 15, 20195:24 pm

23-10 UMaine


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March 15, 20195:24 pm

Awobajo throws in a line drive shot from 16


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March 15, 20195:25 pm

Of note, Tanesha Sutton has not been involved much in the Bears’ offense thus far. She’s missed a few close-range shots


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March 15, 20195:25 pm

Fanny Wadling with another rebound


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March 15, 20195:25 pm

UMaine commits its second turnover. Maeve Carroll replaces Sutton


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March 15, 20195:26 pm

A steal by Wadling


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March 15, 20195:26 pm

Hartford playing man-up


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March 15, 20195:26 pm

Wadling connects from the paint. 25-12 UMaine, 6:35 left in the half


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March 15, 20195:26 pm

Kelly Douglas answers with a 3 for Hartford, 25-15 UMaine


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March 15, 20195:27 pm

Wadling with an up-and-under in Liz Wood fashion for another basket


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March 15, 20195:27 pm

Turnover by the Hawks.. and one by UMaine


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March 15, 20195:28 pm

And UMaine again slows it down


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March 15, 20195:28 pm

Millan goes down low and is fouled by Kelly Douglas


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March 15, 20195:28 pm

Two shots … both good. UMaine leads 29-15 at the 5:08 mark. Tanesha Sutton in to replace Fanny Wadling


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March 15, 20195:29 pm

Hartford has not been able to get almost any looks near the basket against Umaine’s defense


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March 15, 20195:29 pm

Media timeout with 4:33 left in the half. UMaine leads Hartford 29-15.


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March 15, 20195:30 pm

UMaine at 44 percent shooting (11-for-25), led by 9 points from Rossignol and 8 from Wadling


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March 15, 20195:31 pm

Hartford still having trouble other than a few 3-pointers, shooting 6-for-20 (30 percent). Ella Awobajo’s six points lead the way


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March 15, 20195:33 pm

One big positive is the officials haven’t been too whistle-happy


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March 15, 20195:34 pm

A forced pass down low leads to a turnover and Maeve Carroll’s second foul. She exits in favor of Fanny Wadling


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March 15, 20195:34 pm

UMaine stays in player-to-player


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March 15, 20195:34 pm

Sierra Smith connects for Hartford


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March 15, 20195:35 pm

And another turnover down low for UMaine


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March 15, 20195:35 pm

And Sutton picks up her second foul, which will bring Carroll off the bench


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March 15, 20195:36 pm

Sierra DaCosta shoots two for Hartford, and makes one. UMaine leads 29-18


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March 15, 20195:36 pm

Hartford switches to a 1-2-2 zone


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March 15, 20195:36 pm

And another turnover by UMaine, a shot clock violation


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March 15, 20195:36 pm

McVicar in for Carroll


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March 15, 20195:37 pm

Millan and Wadling double-team a Hawk and get a held ball. Possession UMaine


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March 15, 20195:37 pm

Hartford foul on McLemore


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March 15, 20195:38 pm

McVicar is long on a 3


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March 15, 20195:38 pm

DaCosta sticks a 3 and Hartford is within eight a 29-21


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March 15, 20195:39 pm

Millan drives in, misses, picks up a foul in the rebounding action


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March 15, 20195:39 pm

1:33 left. Big possession for Hartford down 8


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March 15, 20195:39 pm

Awobajo drives in and scores on Rossignol and the lead is six


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March 15, 20195:40 pm

Saar with a 3 off a Wadling kickout. 32-23


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March 15, 20195:40 pm

Nice poise by the Hawks as DaCosta hits a 3


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March 15, 20195:41 pm

Rossignol misses a jumper at the horn and we’ve got ourselves a ballgame. UMaine 32, Hartford 26 at halftime


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March 15, 20195:42 pm

A quick analysis: UMaine did not benefit by slowing things down on offense. It struggled in its half-court game while trying to pound the ball inside, which led to some turnovers.


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March 15, 20195:43 pm

Further, the Black Bears gave Hartford’s perimeter players too much respect by backing off and letting them shoot. Too many open 3’s, especially by DaCosta. And Rossignol can’t guard the taller, stronger Awobajo off the dribble


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March 15, 20195:43 pm

Lindsey Abed most certainly will find the range in the second half if left open, so UMaine needs to maintain good perimeter pressure


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March 15, 20195:44 pm

The Black Bears also need to involved Sutton more in the offense, whether through some high-low action with Wadling or by spreading out and allowing her to drive to the basket.


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March 15, 20195:45 pm

An over-reliance on 3-pointers is only good as long as the shots keep falling. The Bears are 6-for-15


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March 15, 20195:46 pm

If you enjoy trends, UMaine is 20-0 this season, 14-0 against AE opponents, when leading at halftime


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March 15, 20195:49 pm

UMaine simply must keep its defensive cohesiveness intact. The Black Bears are 18-1 this season when allowing 60 points or fewer. That will mean a better perimeter defensive presence and a continued strong rebounding effort that doesn’t allow second shots


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March 15, 20195:51 pm

In its only conference loss of the season, UMaine managed only 46 points in a three-point loss at Hartford.


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March 15, 20195:52 pm

In another statistical trend, UMaine is 13-0 when opponents shoot under 40 percent from the floor. Hartford is at exactly 40 percent through 20 minutes.


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March 15, 20195:53 pm

UMaine leads the turnover battle, committing five to Hartford’s eight. The Black Bears have eight points off those miscues and the Hawks have three points off TOs


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March 15, 20195:55 pm

I would expect UMaine to make a much more concerted effort to get Millan the ball in places she can score (which is just about everyplace) in the second half. She attempted only five shots thanks to Hartford’s defensive attention, but will need to score more if the Black Bears are to close this game out


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March 15, 20195:57 pm

UMaine is 38-3 in its last 41 home games against conference opponents


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March 15, 20195:59 pm

UMaine 32-28, 8:45 left third quarter


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March 15, 20195:59 pm

Black Bears in player-to-player


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March 15, 20196:00 pm

DaCosta drives in, runs over Rossignol and scores


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March 15, 20196:00 pm

Sutton with an offensive rebound, a basket, and the foul on Awobajo


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March 15, 20196:00 pm

The free throw is good. 35-30 UMaine


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March 15, 20196:01 pm

Hartford is back in its full-court pressure


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March 15, 20196:02 pm

Another shot-clock violation (turnover) against Hartford’s defense


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March 15, 20196:02 pm

The Black Bears are in need of some transition pace


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March 15, 20196:03 pm

A turnover by Millan


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March 15, 20196:03 pm

No harm as the shot misses … and she sticks a 3 in transition. 38-30 UMaine


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March 15, 20196:03 pm

Coach Amy Vachon waves her arms looking for the fans to get fired up — and they oblige


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March 15, 20196:04 pm

Sutton rebounds a missed 3 by Millan, scores and is fouled again. And the crowd goes wild


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March 15, 20196:04 pm

Sutton converts the foul shot and UMaine’s lead is 41-30, 5:51 to play in the third


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March 15, 20196:05 pm

Sutton picks up her third foul on a drive to the hoop by Awobajo. That could be a problem


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March 15, 20196:05 pm

Awobajo sinks both. UMaine up 41-32


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March 15, 20196:07 pm

Saar misses a 3 and Wadling picks up a foul on the rebounding action. Maeve Carroll in for Sutton


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March 15, 20196:07 pm

UMaine stays with player defense


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March 15, 20196:08 pm

Saar throws one away in transition, then Hartford responds in kind. Media timeout at 4:34 of the third. UMaine leads Hartford 41-32


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March 15, 20196:09 pm

Black Bears are outrebounding the Hawks 29-21. That’s big as Hartford has had precious few offensive boards or second-chance opportunties


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March 15, 20196:10 pm

Rossignol and Millan with 9 points each to lead UMaine. Wadling has 8


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March 15, 20196:10 pm

DaCosta with 12 and Awobajo has 10 for Hartford


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March 15, 20196:11 pm

Millan gets loose in the lane and scores


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March 15, 20196:11 pm

A turnover by the Hawks on a careless pass


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March 15, 20196:12 pm

Millan with a missed 3, and an ensuing foul. Sutton back in to replace Carroll. Umaine up 43-32


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March 15, 20196:13 pm

Hartford isolates Awobajo off the dribble and succeeds again. Wadling picks up her third foul.


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March 15, 20196:13 pm

Awobajo hits two and Hartford cuts the deficit to 43-34.


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March 15, 20196:13 pm

The press remains in effect for Hartford


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March 15, 20196:14 pm

DaCosta with a putback and it’s down to 43-36


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March 15, 20196:14 pm

Hawks playing a 1-2-2 zone


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March 15, 20196:14 pm

Millan answers with a 3


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March 15, 20196:15 pm

Black Bears lead 46-36, 1:35 left in the third quarter


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March 15, 20196:15 pm

Awobajo again from close range for the Hawks. 46-38


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March 15, 20196:15 pm

Hartford foul on Lindsey Abed. McLemore and Smith check in for the Hawks. Carroll replaces Wadling for Umaine


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March 15, 20196:16 pm

The teams trade turnovers, the second coming on a Rossignol steal


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March 15, 20196:16 pm

MIllan finds Rossignol, who buries another 3


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March 15, 20196:16 pm

UMaine’s lead is 49-38


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March 15, 20196:17 pm

UMaine holds for the last shot and Sutton connects from 6 feet. UMaine goes into the fourth quarter leading Hartford 51-38


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March 15, 20196:17 pm

University of Maine’s Blanca Millan looks to pass around Hartford defender Ella Awobajo in the first half of Friday night’s game. [Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN staff]


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March 15, 20196:17 pm

A second straight berth in the NCAA tournament is in the balance this evening


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March 15, 20196:19 pm

Biggest key for UMaine in the fourth will be to keep its foot on the gas. 


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March 15, 20196:20 pm

The Black Bears must look to attack on offense, especially as the Hawks scramble on defense trying to make up the 13-point deficit. 


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March 15, 20196:21 pm

University of Maine Black Bears before the America East championship game. [Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN staff]


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March 15, 20196:21 pm

Millan quickly picks up her third foul. Now she, Sutton and Wadling all have 3


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March 15, 20196:21 pm

Hawks continue to spread the floor and attack the basket off the dribble


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March 15, 20196:21 pm

DaCosta makes one and its 51-39


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March 15, 20196:21 pm

Hartford stays in the 1-2-2 zone


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March 15, 20196:22 pm

UMaine incurs its third shot clock violation of the game. Too much thinking going on


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March 15, 20196:22 pm

Black Bears stay in player defense


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March 15, 20196:22 pm

Awobajo connects from 12 feet and the Hawks are within 10 at 51-41


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March 15, 20196:23 pm

Tip off with University of Maine’s Fanny Wadling and Hartford’s Jade Young. [Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN staff]


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March 15, 20196:23 pm

A Millan miss, but a Wadling offensive board


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March 15, 20196:24 pm

The crowd grumbles after Wadling hits the deck off the dribble and gets tied up


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March 15, 20196:24 pm

Sutton goes hard to the basket and gets hit by Awobajo. Her second foul


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March 15, 20196:24 pm

Wadling scores off the inbounds pass from Saar


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March 15, 20196:24 pm

A steal by Sutton


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March 15, 20196:25 pm

Another offensive rebound by UMaine, this one by Saar


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March 15, 20196:25 pm

Rossignol sticks another 3, her fifth of the game, off a feed from Millan. UMaine leads 56-41 and Hartford calls timeout. 7:06 to play 


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March 15, 20196:26 pm

Rossignol is 5-for-9 from the arc amidst UMaine’s 10-for-29 (35 percent) effort as a team


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March 15, 20196:28 pm

The Hawks will need to go into a bit of desperation mode at this point. It’s a five-possession game already. 


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March 15, 20196:28 pm

UMaine likely will continue to work its half-court offense with patience without sacrificing aggressiveness (and they love to shoot 3’s), so that shouldn’t be an issue


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March 15, 20196:29 pm

This game reinforces the importance of having a great home crowd to play in front of in a big game. This is the reward for winning the regular-season title (again)


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March 15, 20196:29 pm

Hartford has gone player-to-player


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March 15, 20196:30 pm

Jade Young fouls Dor Saar on a reach with five seconds left on the shot clock


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March 15, 20196:30 pm

Millan, for 3, from Wadling


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March 15, 20196:30 pm

Inside-out action


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March 15, 20196:31 pm

Lindsey Abed hits an 18-footer. She is dangerous, but has been super quiet today


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March 15, 20196:31 pm

Sutton rebounds a Millan miss and scores. 61-43, now 5:05 to play


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March 15, 20196:32 pm

Dumb turnover by Millan leads to DaCosta’s 3 at the other end


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March 15, 20196:32 pm

Saar. For 3. UMaine 64, Hartford 46


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March 15, 20196:32 pm

Coach Vachon again exhorts the crowd for more noise. And the fans oblige


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March 15, 20196:33 pm

Media timeout with 3:47 left and the Black Bears are on the verge of winning their second straight America East title. the lead is 64-46 over Hartford


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March 15, 20196:34 pm

UMaine’s ability to take care of the ball has been a huge key. Only 10 turnovers, compared to Hartford’s average of forcing 29.5


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March 15, 20196:35 pm

Four Black Bears in double figures: Millan 17, Rossignol 15, Sutton and Wadling 10 each


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March 15, 20196:36 pm

And we’re finally out of the TV delay — I mean, media timeout


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March 15, 20196:37 pm

Sutton gets bumped, but scores anyway


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March 15, 20196:37 pm

The lead is 20


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March 15, 20196:37 pm

Awobajo scores off a cut to the basket.


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March 15, 20196:38 pm

Tick, tick, tick


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March 15, 20196:39 pm

Vachon takes a timeout with 2:07 left with the ball on the end line. She’s not taking anything for granted, despite her team’s 18-point (66-48) advantage


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March 15, 20196:39 pm

This one is all over. UMaine just needs to bleed the clock


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March 15, 20196:40 pm

Sutton runs over DaCosta, her fourth foul


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March 15, 20196:40 pm

1:20 to play and counting


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March 15, 20196:40 pm

And the fans rise to their feet


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March 15, 20196:41 pm

Millan to the foul line. She makes both. UMaine 68-48. 1:06 left


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March 15, 20196:42 pm

Vachon calls a substitution timeout to let the fans recognize seniors Tanesha Sutton and Parise Rossignol


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March 15, 20196:42 pm

… and the rest of the starters


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March 15, 20196:43 pm

And UMaine will run out the clock en route to its second straight America East title and NCAA tournament berth. The final: 68-48 over Hartford


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March 15, 20196:44 pm

UMaine players are celebrating at half-court with the trophy held high


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March 15, 20196:45 pm

An announcement that the Electric Slide, UMaine’s victory celebration dance, will come after the Blck Bears cut down the nets.


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March 15, 20196:46 pm

The crowd belts out “We are the champions” by Queen — a song that never gets old when you’re the winner


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March 15, 20196:47 pm

UMaine alum Kirsten Johnson, who enjoyed this moment as a senior last year, is waving a UMaine banner amidst the celebrants on the court


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March 15, 20196:48 pm

The Black Bears are posing for copious photos with their new swag: T-shirts, hats, and America East champions sign


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March 15, 20196:49 pm

UMaine has won back-to-back conference championships for the first time since 1997 and 1998


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March 15, 20196:49 pm

They won four in a row from 1995-1998


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March 15, 20196:50 pm

One can’t help but enjoy watching the exuberance of the players as they celebrate this accomplishment


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March 15, 20196:51 pm

Coach Amy Vachon takes the microphone to thank the crowd for its support


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March 15, 20196:51 pm

One has to remember that while basketball is a passion for these student-athletes, it’s pretty much a full-time job going to school and playing a sport at the Division I level.


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March 15, 20196:53 pm

It’s a year-round commitment to playing, training and lifting weights — all that is involved in pursuing a sport


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March 15, 20196:54 pm

It’s apparent the Black Bears know how to cut down a net, as each is snipping off a string — without having the whole thing come off the rim.


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March 15, 20196:55 pm

Tanesha Sutton completes the removal of the first net. Hopefully, the other one won’t involve such a long process


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March 15, 20196:56 pm

And it’s time for the electric slide


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March 15, 20197:00 pm

The Black Bears will find out their seeding and their NCAA first-round matchup during Monday’s selection show


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March 15, 20197:01 pm

Oh, for the record, that’s 14 consecutive victories for UMaine this season — dating back to its January loss at Hartford.



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