Comeback Falls Short for Women's Basketball at Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The University of Maine women's basketball team (14-13, 8-6 America East), who trailed by as many as 16-points in the first half, fought back to take a two-point lead in the second half but failed to hold on as it dropped a 73-65 decision at Stony Brook (20-7, 11-3 AE) on Saturday afternoon. Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) fueled the Maine offense with 22 points and eight rebounds while Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) hit four 3-pointers for 12 points.
Sabre Proctor led all scorers with 26 points for the Seawolves while Jessica Ogunnorin added a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Stony Brook totaled a 16-7 advantage in second chance points while going 25-for-32 from the free throw line.
Maine's offense struggled to find consistency over the opening 10-minutes as the Seawolves used fast paced runs of 9-2 and 7-2 to extend their advantage to 21-7. Stony Brook was tough on the offensive glass early as many of its first half points came from second chance points and the free throw line (13-for-16).
The Black Bears began to settle into their offense midway through the half, moving the ball around the key before Chantel Charles (London, England) and Roberts hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
Maine kept charging as Roberts worked inside for two before Charles hit Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) on a fast-break rush for a pair to bring Maine within 10, 28-18.
Stony Brook grabbed its largest lead of the half at 36-20 before Roberts took charge, piecing together a 6-0 on her own to bring Maine back within 10.
The Black Bears lost their momentum following the run as Stony Brook raced back on top by 15. However, Maine ended the half with a surging 10-2 run to chip the lead all the way down to six.
Roberts continued to lead Maine as she hit a tough shot underneath while drawing a foul. After a made free throw, Koizar hit back to back buckets down the lane. Following a Stony Brook free throw, Maine rushed down court before Sophie Weckstrom (Espoo, Finland) nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing with just two seconds remaining, bringing Maine with six at 43-37 at the break.
Roberts led Maine in the opening half with 17 points and four rebounds as Maine shot 14-for-32 (43.8-percent) from the floor. Stony Brook went 13-for-16 from the free throw line in the half while turning the ball over just twice.
Maine kept its flow alive early in the half as it opened with a 9-3 run. Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) hit two straight jumpers to start the half. Following a Stony Brook free throw, Koizar made a tough catch on the baseline before driving hard for two. Weckstrom answered a Stony Brook free throw with a 3-pointer from the left wing, tying the score at 46-all.
With Maine trailing 48-47, Roberts faked outside before flashing back-door where Wood found her for a layup to give the Black Bears their first lead of the ballgame.
After a Weckstrom three once again tied the contest with a three, Stony Brook worked to a one point edge. However, Koizar answered with Maine's second 3-pointer in as many possession. A Maine free throw followed to give the Black Bears a 56-54 lead.
Stony Brook was able to regain its advantage, using an 11-3 run to take a six point lead with under two minutes to play.
A late three from Weckstrom, her fourth of the game, cut the lead down to four but Maine failed to close the gap, dropping the America East contest 73-65.
Maine returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 26 when it hosts UMass Lowell in the final regular season home game for the Black Bears. Maine will honor its four seniors prior to Wednesday's contest.