Columbus, Ohio — Julie Brosseau poured in a career-high 29 points and tied the University of Maine single-game 3-point field goal record with seven makes in a 83-70 loss at No. 8 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
Brosseau, who now has recorded 20 or more points in each of her last two outings, ties Lauren Bodine and Tanna Ross for the UMaine school record of seven made 3-point field goals. Tanesha Sutton tallied her third double-double of the year, matching a career-high effort with 18 points while adding 11 rebounds. Blanca Millan added her seventh double-digit performance of the year with 13 points.
Ohio State entered the game ranked sixth in the nation in scoring offense (90.2) points per game with the nation’s leading scorer in Kelsey Mitchell (27.3). However, Maine’s defensive effort was able to hold the Buckeyes under their season average in scoring and limited Mitchell to just 11 points on 3-for-15 shooting.
Stephanie Mavunga, who recorded the 1000th rebound of her career in the contest, led the way for the Buckeyes with 26 points and 16 rebounds on 11-of-12 shooting.
Despite a few offensive lulls in the first half, the Black Bears were able to hold tough throughout the second. Maine shot 18-for-36 (50.0) over the final 20-minutes, outscoring the Buckeyes 25-20 in the final quarter.
The Black Bears led very early in the game and trailed by just a pair with 5:56 to play in the first quarter. However, the Black Bears would go cold from the field as they were held scoreless over a 7:14 margin midway through the first until the 8:42 mark in the second quarter. During that stretch, the Buckeyes built an 18-8 lead with an 8-0 run.
Following a Brosseau 3-pointer, the offense would again go cold for Maine as Ohio State responded with a 7-0 run, extending its lead out to 24-11.
With Maine trailing by 14 late in the half, a jumper from Brosseau start a 5-0 run which saw Blanca Millan knock down a 3-pointer to bring Maine back within nine.
The teams would enter the break with Maine trailing, 35-24.
The Black Bears were unable to shrink the deficit below nine in the third. A 9-0 run midway through the quarter by the Buckeyes swelled the lead out to 18.
Ohio State took its largest lead of the game (20), with 3:53 remaining.
There was no quit in the Black Bears who ended the game with a 7-0 run but 70ran out of time, dropping the non-conference contest by an 83-70 final.
The Black Bears return home on Tuesday, Dec. 5 when they host Maine Maritime at 5 p.m. as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader at the Cross Insurance Center. Following the women’s game, the Black Bears will welcome fans for the annual Meet The Black Bears event, presented by Dominos.