Women's Basketball Loses to Yale on Last-Second Shot, 86-85
BANGOR, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (6-8) lost a heart-breaker on a last second shot to Yale (6-7) by a score of 86-85 on Sunday afternoon. Maine had four scorers in double-figures, led by Liz Wood's (Catlett, Va.) game-high 23 points while Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) added 18 points and eight rebounds.
Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) added a career-high 15 points with eight assists while Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to 13 points.
The Black Bears went 33-for-54 for a season-high 61.1% while racking up 23 assists and out-rebounding Yale 32-28.
Maine and Yale engaged in a seesaw battle through much of the first half, matching each other shot for shot through the opening 20-minutes of play. Maine put together an early 4-0 run to grab a five point edge, the biggest lead it would have in the first half after Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) worked inside and banked a layup off glass to cap the run and stretch Maine's lead to five.
Yale worked to knot the score for the third time 8:18 into the half. Maine responded with another run, this time a 7-3 streak, to regain a four-point lead after Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down a three from the left wing off a feed from Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine).
The Bulldogs tied the game for the seventh time with 1:18 to play in the half before ending the opening frame on a 8-2 run, capped by a half-court buzzer beater from Sarah Halejian, to take a 47-41 lead into the break.
Maine got off to a solid start in the second half as it opened with a 6-0 run to once again knot the score after six straight points from Roberts.
Yale took its biggest lead of the game with 6:44 left to play as it built a seven point advantage on a jumper from Halejian.
Maine once again had an answer as it responded with a 10-2 run to regain the lead. Wood jump started things with a three-pointer before Wallace worked the ball down low to Sheraton Jones (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) for two. After a Yale make, Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) found Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) on the wing for three. Wood completed the run with a jumper to put Maine on top 81-80 with 2:54 to play.
With Maine trailing by one and under 30-seconds to play, Wallace hit a streaking Roberts who drove baseline and converted on a layup to put Maine up by one. After a timeout, Yale was able to kick the ball out to Nyasha Sarju on the left wing. Sarju drove into the paint and hit a layup as the buzzer sounded, giving the Bulldogs an 86-85 victory.
Maine returns to America East league play on Wednesday at 7 PM when it hosts UMBC on ESPN3.