BOSTON, Mass. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (5-5) dropped an 81-55 decision at Northeastern (5-3) on Sunday afternoon. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) led Maine with 13 points and nine rebounds while Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) hit four three-point shots for 12 points.
As a team, the Black Bears shot 31.7% (19-60) from the field while the Huskies were 33-for-70 (47.1%).
Northeastern started hot from the floor as it shot 59.4% in the opening half while holding the Black Bears to a 32.1% mark.
Northeastern's hot start propelled it to a 12-0 lead after holding the Black Bears scoreless over the opening 4:30 of play. Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) started the Black Bears as she hit a three to put an end to the Huskies start.
Tailing by 11 midway through the first half, Maine worked to chip away at the lead as it went on a 6-2 run. Wood started the push with a three from the top of the key. After a Northeastern make, Chantel Charles (London, U.K) hit Maine's third trey of the game, cutting the lead down to seven.
Northeastern extended its lead back up to double-digits with a 24-13 advantage. Maine answered with a 6-2 swing in 1:20 starting with a three from Weckstrom. After a Northeastern make, Wood drove the lane for a pair and soon after knocked down a free-throw to cut the lead down to seven.
The Huskies extended their advantage as they ended the half on a 10-5 run to take their largest lead of the half into the break, 44-28.
Wood led Maine at the break with seven points and four rebounds while Bodine and Weckstrom chipped in six points each off the bench.
Maine began the second half much different than it did the first. Wood drove the lane and hit a floater off glass for two to start a short Maine run. Roberts followed the Wood make with a pair to cut the Northeastern lead to 12.
The Huskies answered with an extended 11-2 run, giving them their largest lead of the game, 57-34, 5:29 into the second half.
There would be no quit in the Black Bears as Maine answered with a 11-4 run of its own. Back-to-back three-pointers from Weckstrom got Maine started before Bodine knocked down a shot from beyond the arc. The Black Bears reponded to a Northeastern make with a dribble-drive for two from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden.) to cut the Northeastern lead back down to 16.
A 9-0 Northeastern run followed the Gustafsson make as the Huskies ran their lead out to 72-45 with 6:18 to play in the second half.
Northeastern built its lead to 77-47 with five-straight points from Samantha DeFreese. The Black Bears continued to fight but fell in the end, 81-55.
The Black Bears return home to Cross Insurance Center where they will take on Towson Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 PM.