GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (6-7) kept things close on the road against a solid Green Bay team (7-5) but gave up a few late runs and fell in the end, 72-49. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) led Maine in scoring with nine points while newcomer Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) added eight points and seven rebounds in her Black Bear debut.
The Black Bears led the rebounding game 38-33 over Green Bay while shooting 37.7-percent (20-53) from the floor.
Breannah Ranger led the Phoenix with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Megan Lukan also tallied a double-double with 12 points with 13 rebounds.
Green Bay came out hot as it ran to a quick 5-0 lead before the Black Bears gathered themselves and answered with an extended 8-2 run. Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) started the run with three straight points after Wallace found Heise down low with a nice give through the paint. Following a Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) free throw Maine regained possession and capitalized with a Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) fast-break layup to give Maine an 8-7 advantage.
Midway through the half, a 7-0 Phoenix run gave them a 20-12 lead.
Maine once again answered to tighten up the contest. Back-to-back three-pointers from Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) and Charles brought Maine within two. After a Green Bay make, Maine responded with a turn around lay-in from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden). A 10-3 Maine run ended on a Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) to bring the Black Bears back within one once again with 5:36 to play.
Maine was held to just three points, another trey from Bodine, over the next 4:39 as Green Bay broke out on an 11-3 run to close the half and take a 34-25 lead into the break.
The Black Bears kept plugging away to start the second half as back to back pull-ups from Roberts and Koizar pulled Maine with six, 44-38.
The Phoenix answered with an 8-0 run, running their lead to 55-41 with under nine minutes to play in the second half.
Maine kept charging with back-to-back buckets from Wood but Green Bay would once again have an answer as a pair of Sam Zastrow free throws stretch the Phoenix lead to 20 with 3:09 left in the game.
The Black Bears failed to close the gap as they would drop the contest 72-49.
Maine returns home to host Yale in a men's and women's double-header at Cross Insurance Center on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 PM.