Bodine, Roberts Lead Women's Hoops to Second-Straight League Win
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team picked up its second-straight America East victory as it defeated Binghamton 64-51 on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) led all scorers with 21 points, including six 3-point field goals. Maine evens up to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in league play while Binghamton drops to 4-12, 1-2 in America East action.
Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) narrowly missed a double-double as she totaled 16 points and nine rebounds while Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) chipped in seven points and seven rebounds off the bench.
The Black Bears went 11-for-28 from 3-point range and 21-for-53 (39.6-percent) from the floor while pulling down 33 rebounds.
Vaneeshia Paulk led the Binghamton scoring charge with 20 points as she went 10-for-12 from the free throw stripe. As a whole, the Bearcats went 24-for-36 from the free throw line.
The storyline of the first half was developed from the free throw line as Binghamton went 15-for-18 in the en route to a 35-32 halftime advantage.
Maine was slow to get its offense rolling but put together an early 8-2 run, ending on a fast-break layup from Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland), to give the Black Bears their first lead at 10-6.
The Bearcats answered with a 6-0 run of their own to regain the lead, 12-10, with 12:30 to play in the first half.
Maine kept charging and working through its offense as Roberts knocked down a three from the left corner to put Maine back on top with the fifth lead change in the opening 10 minutes.
Binghamton responded with a lengthy 10-0 run as it held Maine without a basket in over six minutes while building its lead to 24-15 with under five to play.
Bodine killed the Bearcat run after hitting back-to-back three-pointers. Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) kicked the ball out from the baseline to Bodine for her first three. Working out of a baseline out of bounds play on its next possession, Bodine inbounded the ball, immediately got it back and dropped a three over a screen. Maine kept charging as it completed an 8-0 run with a nice post move for two from Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) to bring Maine within one with 3:38 to play in the half.
Maine knotted the score with under a minute to play in the opening half when Bodine hit three-straight free throws after being fouled beyond the arc. However, Binghamton took a 35-32 lead into the break after Julia Barac hit a shot at the buzzer.
Bodine paced Maine's first half with nine points, including a 2-for-3 showing from three-point range. Maine went 8-for-9 from the free throw stripe in the opening 20-minutes of play.
Maine started the second half on fire as it opened play with a 12-2 run. Roberts began the rush with a three before pulling down a tough offensive board, drawing a foul and hitting a free throw. Roberts kept rolling as she rushed down the court for a pull-up jumper at the right elbow. Back-to-back three-pointers from Bodine and Roberts completed the run to give Maine a 44-37 advantage. Just minutes later, Bodine hit her fourth three of the game, pushing Maine's lead to 49-40.
The Black Bears pieced together a 7-0 run midway through the second half to further extend their lead. Bodine buried a three to start the advantage before two Roberts free throws. Koizar kept the run going when she found Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) underneath for two to put Maine up 56-43.
Maine grabbed its largest lead of the game at 64-50 when Milica Mitrovic (Belgrade, Serbia) nailed a three from the right wing as the Black Bears held on for a 64-51 America East victory.
Maine returns home to face Vermont on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tip for that America East contest is scheduled for 7 PM.