Women's Basketball Drops 65-49 Decision to Stony Brook
BANGOR, Maine -- Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) went 7-for-7 from the free throw line on her way to a game-high 15 points but it would not be enough as the University of Maine women's basketball team (10-10, 4-3 America East) dropped a 65-49 decision to visiting Stony Brook (15-5, 6-1) on Sunday afternoon at Cross Insurance Center.
Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) chipped in nine points while Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) hit a trio of 3-pointers en route to a nine point performance.
Maine went 16-for-52 (30.8%) from the floor and 13-for-15 (86.7%) from the free throw line while bringing down 30 rebounds.
Stony Brook was led by Chikilra Goodman who tallied 12 points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Black Bears struggled to capitalize on offensive opportunities through the first half as Stony Brook raced out to an 11-4 edge at the midway point of the first half.
Weckstrom provided an early punch for Maine off the bench as she knocked down a 3-pointer, jump starting a 6-2 Black Bear to cut the lead down to three.
A three from Stony Brook's Miranda Jenkins pushed the Seawolves' lead back to six before Weckstrom again knocked down a trey off a kick-out from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden), bringing Maine back within three.
Following Weckstrom's third 3-pointer, the Seawolves ended the opening half on a strong note, closing the final five minutes with a 10-2 run to take a 32-20 lead into the break.
Stony Brook extended its lead to 18 early in the second half before Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) slashed through the lane for a bucket while drawing a foul. Koizar completed the three-point play with a free throw to bring Maine back within 15.
The Seawolves broke the game open with a 14-2 run, holding Maine scoreless over a seven minute stretch, to take their biggest lead of the contest, 56-29.
Maine failed to quit as it answered with an 8-0 run, fueled by six-straight from Wood, to cut the deficit down to 19 with just over five-minutes remaining.
The Black Bears put together a strong effort over the remaining five minutes as they broke out a 12-3 run to trim the lead down to 14. Wood found Koizar for two to start the run. After a Stony Brook free throw, Rachele Burns (Gorham, Maine) knocked down a baseline three. Trailing by 19, Wood hit back-to-back jumpers prior to finishing off a three-point play with a free throw as Maine trailed 63-49. However, with just seconds left the Seawolves hit a layup to seal a 65-49 victory.
Maine remains home as it hosts border-rival New Hampshire on Wednesday evening beginning at 7 PM.