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Follow along as UMaine takes on NC State in the NCAA tournament

Linda Coan O'Kresik | AP
Linda Coan O'Kresik | AP
Maine players celebrate in the last minute of an NCAA college basketball game against Hartford for the America East women's tournament championship Friday, March 15, 2019, in Bangor, Maine.  Maine won 68-48.

Follow along as the University of Maine women’s basketball team faces off against North Carolina State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. No. 14 seed UMaine challenges third seed NC State at Valvano Arena in Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Keep up with all the action here.


Pete Warner
March 23, 201912:56 pm

No. 6 seed Kentucky beats No. 11 seed Princeton 82-77 in the first game at Raleigh.
UMaine and North Carolina State should tip at approximately 1:27 p.m. 


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20191:17 pm

UMaine and North Carolina State, in addition to playing each other in a game won by NC State 84-46 on Dec. 15, share three common opponents. UMaine beat North Carolina 85-73 while NC State split with the Tar Heels, losing 64-51 at home and winning 74-69 on the road; NC State beat Chattanooga 78-58 and Duke 63-51 while UMaine lost to Chattanooga 66-61 and to Duke 66-63


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20191:18 pm

It is sunny and 58 degrees in Raleigh. Not-so-sunny and a blustery 42 in Bangor


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20191:34 pm

NC State leading UMaine 9-8 halfway through first period. Dor Saar has five points for UMaine. 


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20191:43 pm

NC State goes on 10-0 run to take 19-10 lead after one quarter. Two UMaine turnovers lead to four points to close out the quarter. Kiara Leslie has 7 points for NC State and has held UMaine leading scorer Blanca Millan scoreless


Pete Warner
March 23, 20191:52 pm

Sutton and Millan both struggling mightily with their outside shots. As a result, the  Black Bears can’t sustain any offensive momentum


Pete Warner
March 23, 20191:53 pm

Sutton is 0-for-7 and Millan is 0-for-3. Blanca needs to attack the basket off the dribble. In fact, so does Sutton. 


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20191:54 pm

NC State leading UMaine 25-17 with 4:30 left in the half. UMaine’s two leading scorers, Blanca Millan (0-3) and Tanesha Sutton (0-7) haven’t scored. Wolfpack is allowing Sutton open shots from the perimeter but preventing her from penetrating. Parise Rossignol has eight points for UMaine


Pete Warner
March 23, 20191:54 pm

NC State lacks depth and UMaine would benefit from going to the hoop and drawing some fouls.


Pete Warner
March 23, 20191:55 pm

On a positive note, Parise Rossignol has looked comfortable and has used the two-dribble jump shot to get past her defender at the 3-point arc


Pete Warner
March 23, 20192:04 pm

So, in addition to the offensive woes, the wheels fall off defensively late in the half for the Black Bears. NC State leads 39-22


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20192:05 pm

Kai Crutchfield scores seven straight points to close out the half and give NC State 39-22 halftime lead. UMaine’s leading scorers, Blanca Millan and Tanesha Sutton, are scoreless.


Pete Warner
March 23, 20192:06 pm

UMaine will need to hit some 3’s to get back into the game. Rossignol is the best bet there, along with Saar. If that means having Sutton and Millan set screens, so be it. Both continue to struggle


Natalie Williams
March 23, 20192:18 pm

Maine’s Fanny Wadling, left, and North Carolina State’s Kiara Leslie chase the ball during the first half of a first round women’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, March 23. [Gerry Broome | AP]


Natalie Williams
March 23, 20192:19 pm

Maine’s Fanny Wadling (51) drives to the basket while North Carolina State’s Elissa Cunane (33) defends during the first half of a first round women’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, March 23 [Gerry Broome | AP]


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20192:27 pm

NC State leading 45-29 late in third quarter. Millan gets her first basket for UMaine. Six-foot-five Elissa Cunane is causing problems for the smaller Black Bears in the paint.


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20192:36 pm

NC State leading UMaine 51-37 after three periods. Millan has four fouls.


Larry Mahoney
March 23, 20192:48 pm

NC State leading 63-48 with 2:30 to go


Pete Warner
March 23, 20192:58 pm

North Carolina State ends a nice season for UMaine 63-51



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