ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (13-11, 7-4 America East) defeated Binghamton (4-20, 1-10 AE) by a score of 65-53 on Play4Kay day at the Cross Insurance Center. Maine's second win of the day came on the charity front as it surpassed its $10,000 Play4Kay goal; raising $13,585.45 for the Kay Yow Foundation.
Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) went 6-for-8 from the floor with four 3-point field goals for a career-high 16 points. Sophomore Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and three assists while Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) added eight points.
Maine, holding a one point lead 5:45 into the first half, strung together a 12-0 run over the next six minutes to take a 19-6 lead. Wood started the spring with a 3-pointer before Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) closed out the run five five-straight points.
The Black Bears, leading by 16, built their largest lead of the opening half when Weckstrom kicked a pass out to the wing for a 3-point field goal by Charles to give Maine a 31-12 lead with 2:13 left in the half. Maine took a 33-18 lead into the break after Roberts totaled seven first half points and the Black Bears shot 45.2-percent from the floor.
Maine opened the second half on a 7-2 run as a pair of Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) knocked down a pair of free throws to push the Black Bears' lead to 20.
Binghamton responded, cutting the Maine lead down to 14 with 12:48 left in the second half. The Black Bears answered with another 12-0 run to grab their biggest lead of the contest, 57-31, with 9:43 remaining.
The Bearcats continued to charge late. After two free throws from Wood brought the Maine lead back to 20, Binghamton closed out the game with a 10-2 run to chip the Black Bears' lead down to 12. However, Maine would hold on to pick up its seventh league victory of the season by a score of 65-53.
The Black Bears return to the road on Wednesday when they travel to take on Hartford at noon.