LOWELL, Mass. -- Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down six three-point field goals as the University of Maine women's basketball team (10-9, 4-2 America East) defeated UMass Lowell (2-16, 1-6 AE) by a score of 75-66 at the Costello Athletic Center on Thursday evening.
Bodine finished with a game-high 20 points while missing out on tying the all-time Black Bear record for three-point field goals in a game by just one. Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) tallied her second career double-double as she tallied a career-high 18 points with 11 assists. Roberts added 18 points, tallying double-figures in her sixth-straight contest.
The Black Bears finished the game 28-for-53 (52.8%) while going 9-for-18 from three-point range and 10-for-13 (76.9%) from the free throw line.
Maine got off to a hot start on the offensive end, knocking down three-straight three-point field goals before completing an 11-2 run. Bodine and Wallace each hit three-pointers on Maine's first two possessions. Following a UMass Lowell make, Bodine stroked her second three of the game before a pull-up from Wallace ran Maine's early lead to nine.
The River Hawks had an answer, putting together a 12-2 run of their own to grab a 14-13 lead with 10:39 left in the opening half.
Maine regained a two-point edge after a 3-0 run, capped on a elbow jumper by Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland), gave it a 16-14 lead.
The Black Bears continued to build as back-to-back layups from Roberts and Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) moved Maine's lead to seven.
Following a UMass Lowell bucket, Bodine buried a three-pointer to jump start a Maine 7-0 sprint. A steal from Bodine quickly led to a Black Bear bucket when Wallace zipped a pass down low to Roberts. Two free throws from Roberts completed the run, propelling Maine to its largest lead of the half, 33-21 with two-minutes remaining.
The River Hawks closed out the half on a 5-0 run, after a four-point play from Jasmine McRoy, to bring them within eight, 33-26, at the break.
Wallace paced Maine's opening attack with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor while Bodine's trio of three-pointers gave her nine.
Maine again came out of the locker room on fire as it began the second half with a 7-2 run. Wallace started the advantage with a three before forcing a steal and capitalizing with a fast-break layup. After three River Hawk points, Wallace made a nice read down low to Roberts for two as Maine led 40-29.
The River Hawks pinched the gap down to seven before Maine answered with 10-3 rally. Two free throws by Roberts started Maine's build before Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) and Bodine hit back-to-back three-point field goals. Koizar ended the run with a baseline pull-up, pushing Maine's lead to 14.
The Black Bears continued to fire away as they staged a 14-2 run to build the advantage up to 20, fueled by Bodine's sixth three-point make of the game.
UMass Lowell failed to go quietly as a it put together a run, chipping the Black Bear lead down to 10 with under two minutes remaining.
Maine was able to put an end to the run late and hold on, taking the America East victory by a score of 75-66.
Maine returns home for the first of a two-game home stand when it hosts Stony Brook on Sunday, Jan. 26 at noon.