BALTIMORE, Md. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (11-11, 5-4 America East) matched a school record with 14 3-pointers as it defeated UMBC (2-19, 1-8 AE) by a score of 61-48 on Saturday afternoon in RAC Arena. The win was Maine's first at UMBC since 2007.
Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) led Maine with 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists while Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) added 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Black Bears went 14-for-41 from 3-point range. Maine's 14 makes from beyond the arc matched a school-record previous set in 1999 vs. Vermont while the 41 attempts sets a new school mark. Overall, Maine went 21-for-62 (33.9-percent) from the floor while pulling down 42 rebounds.
UMBC was led by Sara Tarbert's 22 points while the Retrievers shot 16-for-43 (37.2-percent) from the field.
Both teams took a while to catch any sort of offensive fire with just four points scored in the opening 3:32 seconds. Maine grabbed the early advantage as Lauren Bodine's (Louisville, Ky.) baseline three capped an early 7-0 run.
Maine was able to create separation minutes later when it put together an extended 13-2 run, assists with the Black Bears holding UMBC scoreless over a 4:37 period. The Black Bears began to move the ball more efficiently through their offense before a kick-out ended with a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Wood. Maine kept rolling through its run as it followed a Retriever make with a three from the left wing by Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland). Wood again found the bottom of the net from beyond the arc to cap the run, extending the lead to 20-6.
Wood remained on fire from the field as her third 3-point field goal of the half gave Maine its largest lead of at 15 with 6:39 to play.
The Retrievers responded with an 11-3 run, cutting the Maine lead all the way down to seven with just over a minute remaining in the half. Roberts put an end to the UMBC sprint with Maine's seventh 3-pointer of the half to give it a 31-21 lead at the break.
Wood had a solid first half as she went 6-for-7 from the floor, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, total 15 points while adding four steals and three rebounds. The Black Bears hit seven first half 3-pointers and shot 35.5-percent (11-31) from the field.
Maine quickly increased its lead back to 15 after starting the second half with an 8-3 run. A Wallace jumper kept the run alive in between a pair of 3-pointers by Weckstrom.
UMBC kept charging, putting together a 6-0 run which helped it cut the Black Bear lead down to eight with under 10-minutes to play.
Maine answered with a 10-2 run of its own with four-straight points from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) and back-to-back 3-point buckets from Wallace to push the lead to 54-38 with under 4:30 to play.
Milica Mitrovic (Belgrade, Serbia) gave the Black Bears their largest lead of the game at 60-43 when she knocked down Maine's 14th 3-point field goal of the gave. The make matched the all-time school-record for three-pointers made in a single game (14) last done in 1999 vs. Vermont.
UMBC kept plugging away but failed to close the gap as Maine grabbed its fifth America East win of the season by a score of 61-48.