ORONO, Maine -- Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) hit seven three-point shots, tying the school-record for most three-pointers in a single game, on her way to a career-high 24 points to lead the University of Maine women's basketball team (4-22, 3-10 America East) to a 73-63 win over visiting Vermont (8-18, 5-8 AE) on Wednesday evening.
Bodine was a perfect 5-for-5 in the first half from beyond the arc and finished the game 7-for-9 as she tallied 24 points with eight rebounds and three steals. Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) recorded her first career double-double with career-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six assists while Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds.
In a seesaw first half which included eight ties, the Black Bears trailed by seven with 7:49 to play in the opening stanza after an 8-0 run by the Catamounts. Maine answered the Vermont streak with a 9-2 run of its own after three-straight three-point shots from Bodine once again tied the game with 5:25 to play. Maine kept the charge on as Wood found Anderson for a layup before a Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) free throw gave the Black Bears a 30-27 lead with 1:48 to play in the half.
A late Vermont three from Kayla Burchill tied the game, 32-32, at the half.
Bodine led the way for Maine with 17 first half points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting half from beyond the arc.
Vermont worked its way to a three point lead 7:32 into the second half before Weckström kicked a pass out to Anderson who hit a three, tying the game for the 12th time and jump starting an 8-0 Black Bear run which gave them a 51-46 lead after a three from Wood with 10-minutes left in the half.
The Catamounts cut the lead to four before a Bodine three started another run for the Black Bears as they would score seven straight and lead 60-49 with 5:46 to play.
Vermont answered, choping the Maine lead to eight, before back-to-back threes from Wood gave Maine its biggest lead of the game, 66-52, with just over four minutes to play.
The Black Bear lead would shrink to six late in the second half but Maine would go 4-for-5 from the free throw line in the final minute to lock up the win, 73-63 over Vermont.
Maine looks for its third-straight win when it visits Stony Brook on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 PM.
Note: Bodine's seven made three-point shots tied the record previoulsy held solely by Tanna Ross who also hit seven back on Dec. 1, 2010 at Kansas.