BANGOR, Maine -- University of Maine women's basketball senior Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) tallied her 1,000th career point as she helped lead the Black Bears past UMBC by a score of 68-39 on Wednesday evening. Roberts became just the 17th Black Bear to ever eclipse the mark, finishing her historic night with 12 points and seven rebounds. The win moves Maine to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in America East play while UMBC falls to 2-12, 1-1 in league action.
Maine went 12-for-32 from beyond the arc, including hitting nine three-point shots in the first half alone, while finishing 26-for-64 from the floor overall. The Black Bears dished out 24 assists while turning the ball over just seven times and outrebounding UMBC 40-27.
Maine came out of the gate on fire as it started the contest on an 18-9 run, keyed by a 4-for-6 start from three-point territory. Maine remained hot as it went on a 16-0 run over the next 3:52 after knocking down four-straight three pointers to kick start its streak. Chantel Charles (London, U.K.) began things with a pair of three-pointers before Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) and Roberts joined the three-point wave. After a jumper from Wood, Sigi Koizar (Vienna, Austria) hit Maine's eighth three-pointer in the opening 9:31.
Leading 40-18 late in the first half, Charles found Bodine for Maine's ninth three of the half before a jumper from Wood gave the Black Bears their largest lead of the opening stanza, 45-18.
Maine turned the ball over just twice in the opening half while turning nine UMBC turnover into 18 points throughout the first half.
Leading by 27, 5:03 into the second half, the Black Bears went on a 13-3 run to give them their biggest lead of the contest, 64-27. Wood started the streak with a jumper before Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) followed a Roberts free-throw with a jumper in the paint. On Maine's next possession, Koizar swung the ball to the left corner where Roberts spotted up and nailed a three-pointer. The make from Roberts was her 1,000th point as the senior became just the 17th Black Bear to eclipse 1,000 points in her career. After a UMBC make, Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) hit a shot off glass before a three from Milica Mitrovic (Belgrade, Serbia) propelled Maine to a 37-point edge.
Maine would hold its 30+ point lead until late in the half when UMBC ended on a 4-0 run, managing to get the lead down to 29. However, the Black Bears held on to their first America East league victory of the season, 68-39.
Maine continues America East action when it travels to take on Binghamton on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 2 PM.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at email@example.com.