BANGOR, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (6-5) entered the Holiday break on a winning note as they downed visiting Towson (4-7) 72-58 on Saturday afternoon. Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) led Maine with 15 points as she went 4-for-7 from three-point range while Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) added her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Black Bears, who dished out 25 assists on 27 makes, shot 59.3% from the field in the first half and ended at 27-for-54 (50.0%). Maine also held a slim advantage in rebounding at 37-36.
Trailing by one after a three-pointer from Towson's Dominique Johnson at the 11:11 mark of the first half, the Black Bears went to work as they strung together a 15-4 run to take a 10 point lead, 32-22, at the 7:06 mark. Bodine came off the bench on fire as she tallied nine points in a three-minute span, capping her streak with a three to give Maine a two point advantage and jump start its run. Back-to-back buckets from Wood, who has now scored in double-figures in eight straight games, stretched the Black Bear lead to eight before Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) hit Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) in the paint for a pair to give Maine a double-digit cushion.
Towson answered with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to just three with under four minutes to play in the half. Maine refused to get down as it battled through and ended the half on a 9-0 run, capped by another three from Bodine, to take a 41-29 lead into the break.
Still leading by 12 with 5:23 gone in the second half, Maine pieced together a 6-0 run to give it its largest lead of the ballgame. A pair of jumpers from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) started the Maine run before Bodine found Charles for a layup as Maine took a 54-36 advantage.
The Tigers chipped away at Maine, cutting the lead down to nine with 2:35 to play in the contest. However, the Black Bears once again answered late in the half as they ended the game on a 5-0 run to take the 72-58 victory.
Maine returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 29 when it travels to take on Sacred Heart at 2 PM.