Women's Basketball Drops 79-49 Decision to Florida Gulf Coast

 

Women's Basketball Drops 79-49 Decision to Florida Gulf Coast

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (1-6) could not overcome an early second half run by Florida Gulf Coast (4-3) as the Black Bears fell to FGCU by a score of 79-49 on Saturday afternoon. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) paced the Maine attack with her first career double-double as she tallied 10 points with 10 rebounds.

Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) added nine points while Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) netted eight. The Black Bears outrebounded FGCU 48-36 while shooting 33.3% from the field.

The Eagles had three scorers in double-figures led by Sarah Hansen's 20 points and eight rebounds. FGCU won the turnover battle 28-8 and turned the Black Bears' 28 turnovers into 33 points.

With the Black Bears trailing early by six, Maine picked up its offensive tempo, racing down the court for a pair of baskets to cut the Eagle lead to just one midway through the first half. Maine started its run by finding Brittany Wells (Indianapolis, In.) on the right wing for a three. Following the make, Wood ripped down a rebound and hit the outlet. Maine raced back down the court and found Wood on the post where the freshmen made a move to the inside for two, bringing Maine within one at 22-21.

The Eagles answered by going on an extended 15-2 run as Joyce Iamstrong, Brittany Kennedy and Betsy Adams knocked down three-straight shots from beyond the arc to put FGCU up 37-23.

Maine once again fought back with a high-tempo offensive effort as the Black Bears staged a 7-1 run. Walczak began the action for Maine by working off the left block and converting on a layup while drawing a foul. Wood brought down an offensive board and made the putback before converting on a three next time down for Maine to cut the Eagle lead to eight.

FGCU scored the final five points of the half to regain its double-digit lead at the half, 43-30.

The Black Bears shot 42.9% from the field and went 4-for-11 from beyond the arc in the opening half while outrebounding the Eagles 26-16. Wood and Walczak each tallied seven points to lead Maine in the opening half.

The Eagles started the second half on fire as they went 5-for-7 from three-point range in the opening nine minutes while completing a 20-3 run to build there lead to 63-33.

Maine refused to go away as Weckström drained her second three-pointer of the game to begin a 6-0 run. Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) scored the next two buckets to complete the run as she grabbed a defensive rebound and raced down court for a layup.

The Black Bears kept charging as Chantel Charles (London, England) and Wood knocked down back-to-back threes to end the game but it would not be enough as Maine fell by a score of 79-49.

Maine returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 5 as it travels to meet Siena. Tip-off for that contest is scheduled for 6 PM.

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