BANGOR, Maine – Sophomore Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) sparked the Black Bears offense recording a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds as Maine downed Southern Maine in exhibition action, 72-42, in the Cross Insurance Center's inaugural game Monday night.
Maine's defense set the tone as the Black Bears turned 23 Husky turnovers into 27 points. The Black Bears also controlled the offensive glass as its held a 28-12 second chance advantage, keyed by nine offensive rebounds from Wood.
The Black Bears went 26-for-66 (39.4%) from the field, including a 9-for-30 mark from beyond the three-point arc. Southern Maine was held to just 9.1% shooting from three-point range.
Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) had the Cross Center's inaugural basket as the Black Bears opened up the on a 14-10 run sparked by the play of Heise who tallied five points and three rebounds in the games first six minutes.
Southern Maine cut the lead to one with a trey by Erin McNamara but Maine answered back the very next possession as Chantel Charles (London, UK) dashed into the paint and laid in two points, pushing the lead to 16-13.
With the game sitting at 16-13, Wood went on a 11-0 run by herself pushing the Black Bear lead to 27-13 with just over three minutes left in the frame.
Megan Pelletier cut the run with a layup to make it 27-15 which sparked a 6-0 run by the Huskies, cutting the Black Bear lead to eight points.
Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) responded increasing the lead back to 10 with a jumper in the waning seconds of the half as Maine went to the break up 29-19.
Both team's shot about over 30 percent from the field in the first half as Maine shot 34 percent while Southern Maine hit on 32 percent.
The difference came in the turnover department as the Huskies gave it away 10 times while Maine only lost possession six times.
The Huskies and Black Bears traded chances as Maine maintained no-less than a nine point lead.
The Huskies got the lead down to nine again with 10:32 left to play but a Heise steal and a Charles layup increased the lead back 43-32.
Minutes later Heise received a pass from Wood in the paint and slipped past a pair of Husky defenders and increased the lead to 49-34.
A Roberts trey gave the Black Bears a 30 point lead with just under three minutes left to play, which was the largest lead of the game.
The Black Bears closed out the contest for their second exhibition win, defeating the Huskies 72-42.
Maine opens up the 2013-14 regular season on Thursday evening when its hosts North Dakota State at 7 PM.