Women's Basketball Triumphs over UMass Lowell on Senior Night, 84-65
BANGOR, Maine -- Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) and Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) each tallied double-doubles to lead the University of Maine (15-13, 9-6 America East) women's basketball team over UMass Lowell (5-22, 4-12 AE) by a score of 84-65 Wednesday evening on Senior Night.
Wood led the way with a stellar night across the board as she totaled 20 points with career-highs in rebounding (14) and assists (8) for her ninth career double-double and narrowly missing out on a triple-double. Roberts capped her senior night with 14 points and 10 rebound to go along with four assists while Cherrish Wallace (Pasadena, Calif.) added 15 points and five assists.
Maine's offense worked at a rapid pace as it attempted a season-high 77 field goals, going 35-for-77 from the floor (45.5-percent) and hitting seven 3-pointers while pulling down a season-high 57 rebounds. It was just the fifth time Maine has grabbed 50+ rebounds since 2005 and its most since pulling down 63 against Kennesaw State on Nov. 25, 2005.
The Black Bears' pace started hot out of the gate as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead on a 3-pointer from Roberts just 2:56 into the opening half.
UMass Lowell kept chipping away as it cut the lead down to four with 6:28 remaining in the half. However, the Black Bears rebounded as Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) answered with a three.
With Maine leading by eight, the Black Bears closed out the final 3:33 of the half on a 10-2 run to take a 41-27 lead into the break.
The Black Bears' scoring in the opening half came from all facets as nine of its 11 players who had minutes in the opening 20-minutes scored paced by Roberts' eight points and six rebounds.
Maine kept its offense clicking at a high level to open the second half on a 9-2 run fueled on five points from Wood and four from Sheraton Jones (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) to run its lead out to 20, 60-40, with 12:50 to play.
The River Hawks continued to battle as they whittled the Black Bears' lead down to 15. However, Maine once again had the answer as it sprinted out to a 10-0 run keyed by five-straight points from Wallace and capped on a 3-pointer from the right wing by Rachele Burns (Gorham, Maine.).
UMass Lowell, trailing by 21 with just over three minutes left in regulation, broke out an 8-0 run, cutting the Maine lead down to 13. The Black Bears ended strong with another answer, this time a 6-0 spring ended by a 3-point field goal from Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) which gave Maine an 84-65 America East victory.
Prior to Wednesday night's contest the Black Bears honored their four seniors; Burns, Roberts, Wallace and Ali Nalivaika (Worcester, Mass.) for their commitment to Maine athletics.
Maine closes out its season on Saturday, March 1 when it travels to take on New Hampshire at 1 PM.