RICHMOND, Va. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (1-12) dropped a 82-47 decision at Virginia Commonwealth (7-7) on New Year's Day. Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) went 5-for-7 from three-point range en route to a career-high 15 points to lead Maine while Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) added 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Rams had five scorers in double-figures, led by Robyn Parks' double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds on 10-for-16 shooting. The Rams swiped 21 steals from Maine as the Black Bears shot 29.5% from the field while VCU went 34-for-73 (46.6%).
An early 11-2 VCU run, capped by a bucket from Janniina Koivunen, gave the Rams an early 15-8 lead before Anderson put an end to the run with one of her two first half three-pointers.
The Rams extended their lead to double-digits at 24-14 until Walczak squared up and knocked down a jumper from the left elbow to once again cut the VCU lead to single figures.
After the make, the Rams responded with a 5-0 run to take their largest lead of the half at 29-16 with just under five minutes remaining.
The Black Bears answered the run with back-to-back three-pointers to once again lower the lead to single-digits. Anderson started the Black Bear run with a three from the top of the key. Maine battled on the defensive side of the ball and regained possession before Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) stuck a three from the left corner to bring Maine back within seven, 31-24.
The Rams ended the half on a 4-0 run to take a 35-24 lead into the break.
Walczak paced the first half Maine attack with nine points on 4-for-7 shooting while also pulling down five rebounds. Anderson chipped in six points with a pair of three-point shots. VCU swiped 13 steals in the opening half and shot 45.7% from the field en route to its 11-point halftime lead.
Maine staged a 5-0 run early to one again shrink the Ram lead to single digits. Anderson began the run with her third three-pointer of the game before Corinne Wellington (Rochester, N.Y.) knocked down a pair of free throws to bring the VCU lead to 37-29.
The Rams answered with a 20-2 run over the next 5:43, building its lead to 57-31, after hitting four three pointers during the span of the streak.
Maine kept charging as Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc. However, the Rams responded with an 8-0 run over the next 2:10, taking their lead to 70-39 with seven minutes to play in regulation.
Another late 12-3 VCU run gave the Rams a 82-44 advantage before Anderson's three in the final seconds ended the game at 82-47 in advantage of VCU.
Maine returns to action on Jan. 5 when it opens America East league play at UMBC beginning at 2 PM.