Stony Brook, N.Y. — The University of Maine women’s basketball team had its win streak snapped at eight straight after suffering a 76-68 loss at Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon. The loss slips Maine back to 17-9 overall and 10-3 in America East action while Stony Brook improves to 15-11 and 7-6 in league play.
Blanca Millan led the Black Bears, scoring 15 of her team-high 21 points in the second half. Millan, who has now posted double-digits in 25 consecutive games, finished 8-of-17 from the floor, including a 4-for-7 showing from three-point range. Dor Saar chipped in a career-best 14 points to go along with four assists and four steals while Tanesha Sutton added 13 points and six boards.
Stony Brook featured a pair of 20-point scorers in Shania Johnson (23) and Cheyenne Clark (22). The Seawolves shot an impressive 29-for-55 (52.7) from the floor, including 10-of-14 in the third quarter.
The Black Bears were outscored 37-20 in the paint while their 17 turnovers turned into a 19-7 advantage in favor of the Seawolves in points off turnovers. Maine was also dealt its first conference loss when leading the rebounding effort after outrebounding Stony Brook, 31-26.
Maine found itself down by double-digits early after Stony Brook completed a 6-0 run to take a 17-7 lead, 6:07 into the first quarter.
Saar hit the first of her two three-point shots late in the first which sent Maine on a 6-0 of its own, rallying back to within four. Trailing by six, the Black Bears opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run. Saar found Kirsten Johnson inside for a bucket before Millan’s triple brought the Black Bears to within one.
Stony Brook answered with a 12-0 run, holding Maine scoreless over six minutes, to extend its lead out to 31-18 with 2:35 remaining in the half.
Maine closed out the half on an 8-2 run, cutting the lead down to seven at the break on Saar’s late three.
Leading by nine early in the third, Stony Brook continued to build on its lead, this time putting together a 15-5 sprint which saw it take its largest lead of the contest. During the sprint, the Seawolves hit a trio of triples before eventually taking a 54-35 lead with 3:21 left in th quarter.
However, there proved to be no quit in the Black Bears who continued to rally. Four free throws from Sutton in the fourth cut the lead to 11. Stony Brook answered, running the lead back to 15 but again Maine would answer.
Eight-straight points from Millan, including a pair of three-point shots, brought Maine back within seven. However it would be as close as the Black Bears could get as they would drop the road contest by a final of 76-68.
Maine returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 14 to host UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. For tickets, please visit the Cross Insurance Center box office or purchase online at TicketMaster.com.