BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Black Bears got offense from likely sources as Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood both recorded 17 points to lead Maine over Vermont for the second time this season, winning 69-52 at Patrick Gym on Wednesday evening. With the win the Black Bears snapped an eight-game losing skid at Vermont and improved to 12-11 and 6-4 in conference. The loss drops the Catamounts to 6-17 and 3-7 in America East play.
Maine, which has excelled from beyond the arc so far this season, set a new program mark in treys in a season, hitting five 3-pointers for the game as Maine surpassed the previous season-high of 172. With the five long-range buckets Maine now has 177 on the season.
The Black Bears shot an impressive 53-percent from the field while holding the Catamounts to 30-percent. Aside from Roberts and Wood the Black Bears had three players tally seven points apiece as Sigi Koizar, Sophie Weckström and Chantel Charles all chipped in offensively.
Vermont struggled to get the buckets to fall but Sam Simononis and Kristina White paced the Catamounts in offense with 12 points and 11 points, respectively.
Wood got the Black Bears on the board on the opening possession taking a pass from Cherrish Wallace in the paint and laid in the first bucket of the game.
Vermont responded on the very next possession as Jordan Eisler nailed a 3-pointer to give the Catamounts the early lead.
With the game at 7-4, Roberts picked off a cross-court pass and streaked up court for a fastbreak layup to cut the deficit to just one with just over 17 minutes remaining in the half. Roberts hit again on the next possession getting free on the far right side and hit a jumper to retake the lead in Maine's favor, 8-7.
The Black Bears went on a 7-0 run headed into the under 16:00 media timeout to take an 11-7 lead into the break.
Kaylea Britton broke the run coming out of the break but Mikaela Gustafsson and Wood combined on back-to-back possessions to get the Maine lead back to six points, with just under 15 minutes remaining in the half as the Black Bears led 15-9.
A Lauren Bodine trey and Roberts Jumper got Maine to a 20-9 lead as the Black Bears forced a UVM timeout with 13:18 remaining in the half. Bondine's trey before the timeout tied the Black Bears record for most 3-pointers in a season with 171.
Kylie Atwood broke the Maine run with a 3-pointer at the 11:53 mark to cut it to 20-12 headed into the under 12:00 media timeout.
Coming out of the break the Catamounts went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to three, but later on in the half Wood got free beneath the basket, laid in Maine's first bucket since the 13:20 mark as Maine took a 22-17 lead into the under 8:00 minute media timeout.
After several minutes of scoreless play, Vermont hit a pair of free throws to draw closer to the Black Bear lead, making it 22-19 with 5:10 left in the half. Kristina White tied it up following an unsuccessful Maine possession hitting a 3-pointer to tie it up 22-22.
Anna Heise retook the lead on the next possession as she took a pass in the paint and laid in her first bucket of the game to make it 24-22.
Coming out of the media timeout Koizar made history for the Black Bears as she drained a 3-point basket breaking the former season record for treys, giving Maine 173 in the season. The long range bucket also gave Maine 27-22 lead with 3:46 left in the half.
The Black Bears ended the half on 7-4 run as the squad finished the frame with a 34-26 lead.
Roberts led the Black Bear offense with 11 points in the first half while Wood was close behind with nine. The Maine offense shot 58 percent form the floor hitting 14-of-24.
The Catamounts struggled shooting just 34 percent from the field as Atwood and Niki Taylor paced the Vermont offense with six points apiece.
Wood picked up where the squad left off scoring the first bucket of the second half, taking a pass from Gustafsson to put Maine up 36-28.
Vermont got it to an eight point deficit with back-to-back buckets by Simononis and White before Roberts pushed it back to a 10 point lead with her sixth bucket of the game to make it 40-30.
The Black Bear offense didn't relent continuing to take advantage in the paint as Wood laid in a basket and Roberts recorded a steal followed by fastbreak layup forcing a UVM timeout with 15:19 left in the game. Maine led 44-32 headed into the Catamount-induced break.
The Black Bears scored the next two buckets highlighted by a Weckstrom layup thanks to a Koizar pass, forcing yet another Vermont timeout, as the bucket gave Maine a 48-32 lead.
The Black Bears got it out to a 20 point lead with 9:49 left in the game as Koizar got free in the lane and laid in her second basket of the game as Maine went up 55-35.
Maine hovered around a 20-point lead the rest of the way as Charles pushed it to a 24 point lead following a 3-pointer at the 3:09 mark to send the Black Bears to the last media timeout up, 67-43.
Vermont scored nine points in the final three minutes but the Black Bears held on for the victory as the team snapped an eight-game losing skid in Burlington, Vt., with a 69-52 loss.
The Black Bears now head for a Sunday home contest against Binghamton as the team hosts the Bearcats for their annual Play4Kay game. That game is slated for 2 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center. If you'd like to contribute to the Play4Kay cause on behalf Black Bears women's basketball you can follow this link here to DONATE.
Also, fans are invited to join the women's basketball team for the annual 'Evening with the Black Bears' scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8 from 7-9 PM. For more information, please click here.