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Second Half Surge Powers Women's Basketball Past New Brunswick
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team began the second half with a 26-0 run to distance itself from New Brunswick en route to a 71-46 exhibition win over the Varsity Reds on Thursday evening. Freshman Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) paced the Black Bear offense as she scored 18 points to go along with five rebounds.
The Black Bears built a six point spread six and half minutes into the first half after Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) stepped back and knocked down a jumper. However, Maine saw its lead vanish after a seven point Varsity Reds' run capped with a layup out of a timeout by Claire Colborne at the 9:29 mark.
The teams continued to trade hoops as the sixth tie of the first half came when Colborne knocked down a pair of free throws with 2:15 to play in the opening half. New Brunswick ended the half on a 6-0 run to take a 33-29 advantage into the half.
Heise led the Maine first half attack, scoring eight of her final 18 points in the opening half while adding three rebounds.
Maine wasted no time erasing the four-point halftime deficit as Bodine quickly found Heise inside for a layup before the freshman center worked her way back inside, drawing a foul and hitting the pair to tie the game at 33-33 just 58-seconds into the second half.
The Black Bears continued its second half opening run as back-to-back three point hoops from Bodine and Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) ran the Maine lead up to 14, 3:14 into the half.
Maine kept the pressure on as Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) forced a couple key turnovers to keep fueling the run. Heise capitalized with a pair of layups before a bucket from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) and a two free throws from Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) ballooned the Black Bears' lead to 22. Rachel Cleary put an end to the Black Bears' 26-0 run with a jumper after the Maine held New Brunswick scoreless for the opening 9:03 of the half.
The Black Bear lead dipped to 18 after a free throw from Samantha Kaminsky but Maine was quick to answer as Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) raced the ball down the court before kicking a pass out to Bodine who buried a three-pointer, jump starting a 7-0 run and extending Maine's lead to 66-41 with 3:19 to play.
Maine's lead reached 28 after Bodine found Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) cutting to the hoop for a layup with just over two minutes remaining. New Brunswick hit a pair of shots down the stretch but it was too little too late as Maine wrapped up the contest with a 71-46 win.
It was a tale of two halves as Maine outscored the Varsity Reds 42-13 in the second half after forcing 26 New Brunswick turnovers and turning them into 23 second half points.
The Black Bears open the 2012-13 regular season on Nov. 9 as they travel to play Auburn in the opening round of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational hosted by NC State. Game time is slated for 2 PM.