ORONO - The University of Maine women's basketball team (2-18, 1-6 America East) held visiting Stony Brook (11-9, 3-4 AE) to 15 first half points en route to picking up its first conference win of the season as Maine downed the Seawolves 67-51 on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Bears had four scorers total double-figures as Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) tallied 12 points and nine rebounds to go along with five assists and four steals while Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) added a double-double on 12 points and 10 boards.
Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) poured in 14 points including going 8-for-8 from the free throw line to seal the win. Corinne Wellington (Rochester, N.Y.) added 12 points and nine rebounds while the Black Bears shot 42.6% from the field and pulled down 45 rebounds to the Seawolves' 31.
Maine jumped out to an 11-point lead with 9:15 left in the first half after completing a four-minute 11-0 run. Wood started the run with a layup before back-to-back buckets from Roberts gave Maine a three-point advantage. Maine continued the run as Walczak forced a steal which ended in a layup by Wood. Maine's defense kept the pressure on as a Roberts steal set up the offense before Wood worked her way inside for another bucket. Roberts' jumper in the paint ended the run to give Maine an early 16-5 lead.
The Black Bears kept the first half pressure on as a three from Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) with 2:36 remaining in the opening half gave Maine a 16-point lead. Stony Brook would cut the lead to 14 at the half, 29-15.
Wood paced the first half Maine attack with 10 points and six rebounds as the Black Bears held Stony Brook to just 6-for-20 from the field and 15 first half points.
After the Seawolves cut the lead to 12 with 16:43 to play in the half, Maine responded with another 11-0 run to give it its biggest lead of the game at 42-19. Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) jump started the Maine run by knocking down a three before a steal from Wood and quick outlet ended in a fastbreak layup for Weckström. After a pair of free throws from Wood, Wellington found a wide open Anderson for a jumper to put Maine up 21. A pair of Walczak free throws ended the Maine run to build a commanding 23-point cushion with 11:27 to play.
After cutting the Maine lead to 17 with 3:34 to go, Stony Brook went on an 8-0 run to chop the Maine lead all the way down to single digits, 57-48, with 2:13 to play. However, the Black Bears went 10-for-10 from the free throw line the rest of the way to seal the deal, picking up its first America East league win by a score of 67-51.
Wood earned Maine's America East Player of the Game nod while Dani Klupenger recorded 14 points with four three-point shots to be named Stony Brook's America East Player of the Game.
Maine jumps right back into action on Tuesday as it travels to meet New Hampshire on Jan. 29 at 7 PM.