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Women's Basketball Drops Close Contest at Stony Brook, 56-53
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Trailing by three with just seconds left, the University of Maine women's basketball team's (4-23, 3-11 America East) last second three-point bid to tie the game came up short as it fell at Stony Brook (14-14, 6-9 AE) by a score of 56-53 on Saturday afternoon. Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) earned Maine's America East Player of the Game nod as she tallied 16 points, including four three-pointers, with five rebounds.
Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) added 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals while Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Black Bears shot 36.0% from the field while pulling down 35 rebounds.
Stony Brook was led by Sabre Proctor's game-high 19 points while Dani Klupenger added 18 points on six three-pointers.
With the game tied early, Maine opened up a lead after an 8-0 run over a 3:07 span. Bodine began the run with a layin before a Wood steal ended in a three from Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) at the top of the key. Maine capped the run as Wood moved the offense, swinging the ball around to Bodine who hit a three on the right wing, giving the Black Bears an early 13-5 lead.
The Seawolves cut the Maine lead to five before the Black Bears once again answered to create a cushion. Anderson, working out of a set inbounds play on the baseline, lobbed a pass inside to Wood who finished with a strong layup while getting fouled. Wood knocked down her free throw, completing the three-point play. Maine's next possession ended with Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) slashing through the lane and laying the ball up and off glass with a spin as the shot clock expired. The made hoop gave Maine its biggest lead of the half at 24-13 with 5:22 to play.
Stony Brook ended the half on a 6-1 run to cut the Maine lead to six, 25-19, at the break.
Bodine led the Maine charge in the opening half with eight points, including a pair of three-point shots, while Weckström added seven on two three-pointers and a free throw. The Black Bears shot 36.7% in the half while holding Stony Brook to a 22.0%.
An early second half 4-0 run by the Seawolves chopped the Maine lead down to just two before the Black Bears answered with an extended 8-2 run, fueled by back-to-back three-point shots from Bodine, to regain an eight point lead, 39-31, with 12:27 to play.
After chipping away and cutting the Maine lead to seven, a 4-0 run on a pair of jumpers from Sabre Proctor cut the Black Bears' lead to just three, 44-41, with 7:53 to play.
Stony Brook kept the pressure on as a 6-2 Seawolves run, capped by a lay-in from Jessica Previlon on an offensive rebound putback, gave them a one point lead with five minutes to play.
The Black Bears cut the lead to two on a pair of Roberts with 15.7 seconds left. After a made Stony Brook free throw, Maine would have one more shot at the tie. Inbounding with 8.7 seconds left, the Black Bears worked the ball to Bodine who's shot from beyond the arc would clang around and rim out as time ran out and Stony Brook took the win, 56-53.
Maine returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Feb. 27 when it travels to meet Boston University at 7 PM.