Women's Basketball Defeated at Albany
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (1-15, 0-3 America East) dropped a 71-39 decision to the defending America East champion Albany Great Danes (12-3, 3-0 AE) on Saturday evening. Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) led Maine with 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, to earn her Maine's America East Player of the Game nod.
Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) matched a career-high with 10 points and five rebounds while Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) chipped in seven points and five rebounds. The Black Bears shot 31.5% from the field while pulling down 39 rebounds.
Albany had five scorers in double-figures and were led by Julie Forster's 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Albany strung together a series of runs through the first half to take an early advantage. Four-straight points from Megan Criag, following by a three from Margarita Rosario stretch the Great Dane lead to eight midway through the first half.
After a jumper in the lane from Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) Lindsey Lowrie knocked down one of her three first half three-point shots. Another three from Lowrie, followed by two more Albany points gave the Great Danes a 23-11 lead after a 15-4 run.
Liz Wood stuck a three from the left wing to bring Maine back within single digits at 23-14 with 5:36 to play in the opening half.
Albany closed the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 34-16 advantage into the break.
Walczak led Maine in the opening half with four points and four rebounds as the Black Bears shot 26.9% from the field in the first half.
Albany stretched its lead to 20 early in the second half but the Black Bears kept charging as they would piece together a 5-0 run to narrow the gap. Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) hit a jumper along the baseline before Anderson stroked a three from the top of the key.
The Great Danes added to their lead with an extended 13-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from Henry, to take a 66-30 lead with just under seven minutes to play.
Maine kept chipping away but fell in the end by a score of 71-39.
Maine returns to action on Wednesday Jan. 16 when it hosts Boston University at 7:30 PM.