BANGOR, Maine -- University of Maine women's basketball senior Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) tallied her 1,000th career point as she helped lead the Black Bears past UMBC by a score of 68-39 on Wednesday evening. Roberts became just the 17th Black Bear to ever eclipse the mark, finishing her historic night with 12 points and seven rebounds. The win moves Maine to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in America East play while UMBC falls to 2-12, 1-1 in league action.
Maine went 12-for-32 from beyond the arc, including hitting nine three-point shots in the first half alone, while finishing 26-for-64 from the floor overall. The Black Bears dished out 24 assists while turning the ball over just seven times and outrebounding UMBC 40-27.
Maine came out of the gate on fire as it started the contest on an 18-9 run, keyed by a 4-for-6 start from three-point territory. Maine remained hot as it went on a 16-0 run over the next 3:52 after knocking down four-straight three pointers to kick start its streak. Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) began things with a pair of three-pointers before Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) and Roberts joined the three-point wave. After a jumper from Wood, Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) hit Maine's eighth three-pointer in the opening 9:31.
Leading 40-18 late in the first half, Charles found Bodine for Maine's ninth three of the half before a jumper from Wood gave the Black Bears their largest lead of the opening stanza, 45-18.
Maine turned the ball over just twice in the opening half while turning nine UMBC turnover into 18 points throughout the first half.
Leading by 27, 5:03 into the second half, the Black Bears went on a 13-3 run to give them their biggest lead of the contest, 64-27. Wood started the streak with a jumper before Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) followed a Roberts free-throw with a jumper in the paint. On Maine's next possession, Koizar swung the ball to the left corner where Roberts spotted up and nailed a three-pointer. The make from Roberts was her 1,000th point as the senior became just the 17th Black Bear to eclipse 1,000 points in her career. After a UMBC make, Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) hit a shot off glass before a three from Milica Mitrovic (Belgrade, Serbia) propelled Maine to a 37-point edge.
Maine would hold its 30+ point lead until late in the half when UMBC ended on a 4-0 run, managing to get the lead down to 29. However, the Black Bears held on to their first America East league victory of the season, 68-39.
Maine continues America East action when it travels to take on Binghamton on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 PM.