ORONO - The University of Maine women's basketball team (2-20, 1-8 America East) dropped an 86-79 decision at home to UMBC (7-15, 3-6 AE) on Saturday afternoon. The Black Bears dominated the scoring in the middle, outscoring UMBC 38-12 in the paint. Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) led the Maine attack with career-high in points (28) and rebounds (12), recording her second double-double of the season. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) tallied double-figures in scoring for the sixth-straight game with her fourth double-double of the season on 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) added 10 points and six assists for the Black Bears who shot 42.3% from the field while dishing out a season-high 21 assists as a team.
Brittany Crowell netted 22 points for UMBC while Raven Harris added 20 points and nine assists.
Maine jumped out to a quick six point lead after a 7-2 run, all from Waclzak, in the first five-minutes. Walczak started the charge with back-to-back buckets. After a Retriever make, Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) found Walczak for two more and a foul. Walczak knocked down her free throw to give the Black Bears an early 13-7 advantage.
With the Black Bears leading by one after a three from Roberts, the Retrievers answered with an 8-0 run, started with one of Crowell's seven three's, to take a four point lead with 8:30 to play in the first half. With the Black Bears trailing by four late in the second half, Crowell and Bria White knocked down back-to-back three-point shots to run the Retriever lead up to 10 with 4:45 to play.
Maine chipped away and cut the lead to eight on a jumper from Brittany Wells (Indianapolis, In.) but UMBC would end the first half on an 7-2 run to take a 43-30 lead into the break.
Maine shot 35.5% from the field in the first half and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line as Walczak led the first half charge with nine points.
The Black Bears started the second half on a positive note as a 15-7 run, capped on back-to-back layups from Wood, cut the Retriever lead to five just 4:27 into the second half.
Maine and UMBC traded hoops for the next seven minutes until a six point Retriever lead turned to 13 after a 10-4 run pushed the advantage to 68-55 with 7:03 to play.
The Black Bears responded as Wood found Walczak for a layup before Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) knocked down a jumper on the left wing. A pair of free throws from Walczak completed the 6-0 Black Bear run, cutting the UMBC lead down to seven with 5:45 to play. A pair of UMBC three-pointers followed the run as the Retrievers stretched their lead back to 13.
Maine would not go quietly as it closed the game on a 15-8 run but ran out of time, dropping the America East contest 86-79 to UMBC.
Walczak and Harris were each named America East Player's of the Game.
Maine returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 PM as it hosts Albany in the Black Bears' Play4Kay game.