UMaine women’s basketball knocks down league leader Stony Brook

The University of Maine women’s basketball team bid farewell to recent rival Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Bears built a 23-point first-half lead and held off a furious second-half rally to break Stony Brook’s 11-game winning streak, 61-55, at the Island Federal Credit Union New York Arena.

It was Stony Brook’s first home loss of the season after 11 wins.

Stony Brook is now 20-3 overall and a league-leading 11-2 in the conference.

It was the Seawolves’ first loss since a 54-49 loss to New Jersey Institute of Technology on Dec. 30.

UMaine avenged a 63-44 home loss on January 9.

Since the Seawolves are ineligible for the America East tournament due to the university leaving the conference for the Colonial Athletic Association after this season, they will no longer play at UMaine unless both schools schedule non-conference games. against each other.

Both teams have reached the title game of the America East tournament in the past two seasons. Stony Brook upset UMaine 64-60 a year ago at Memorial Gym in Orono, but the two teams never made the title match in 2019-20 as the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the season just before the contest.

UMaine extended their winning streak to seven games and UMaine is now 13-10 and 10-3 in conference play, respectively. UMaine is 7-0 on the road in conference.

The Black Bears took a 15-4 lead and extended it to 35-12 with 5:23 to go in the first half.

The Seawolves stormed back in the second half and were down a point twice in the fourth quarter.

But the Black Bears held Stony Brook scoreless for the final 2:17 game and held on for the win.

Stony Brook has missed his last four shots and returned the ball once in the last 2:17.

Gigi Gonzalez’s quick layup cut the lead to 57-55 with 2:17 remaining.

Maeve Carroll’s layup for Maine on a pass from Alba Orois with 40 seconds left made it 59-55 and Orois and Anne Simon each added a free throw later to sew it up.

Carroll’s crucial basket was her only of the game as it had been 0 for 5 from the floor up to that point.

Junior guard Simon, who became the 23rd player on the program to eclipse the 1,000-point mark for her career in Wednesday’s 64-55 win over Albany, led the way with a season-high 21 points on 8-for-13 shots from the ground including a 4 for 7 showing from beyond the 3-point arc.

She has now scored at least 10 points in all but one game this season and in 16 straight games.

She also finished with 10 rebounds for a double-double. The America East scoring and steals leader also had two steals.

Sophomore point guard Orois finished with 16 points, six assists and four rebounds. She also had eight unusual turnovers, a season high. It’s his fourth straight game with 10 or more points and his fifth in six games.

Caroline Bornemann contributed 12 points and eight rebounds for Maine, Olivia Rockwood scored nine points and Carroll finished with 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots to go with three points.

Anastasia Warren’s 13 points, five rebounds and two assists paced Stony Brook. Earlette Scott added 12 points and Gonzalez finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Leighah-Amori Wool had seven points and Nairimar Vargas-Reyes grabbed eight rebounds to go along with his four points. India Pagan was held to four points, eight below their average.

UMaine shot 49% from the floor and 31.8% from the free throw line, compared to 35.2% and 26.7% for Stony Brook.

UMaine edged Stony Brook 39-25.

UMaine will host Hartford on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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