Maine Women Fall to BU

ORONO, Maine -- Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) tallied her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the University of Maine women's basketball team (1-16, 0-4 America East) dropped an 85-54 decision to visiting Boston University (15-3, 5-0 AE) on Wednesday evening at Alfond Arena.

Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) added 10 points and three assists for Maine while Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) chipped in nine points and five rebounds. Maine shot 31.7% from the field while the Terriers went 29-for-62 (46.8%). Boston University held a slight advantage in the rebounding department as it outrebounded Maine 42-41.

Maine kept things tight in the beginning as Wood found Corinne Wellington (Rochester, N.Y.) for a foul line jumper to give the Black Bears an early lead. Boston University answered by taking a three point lead before Wood again found the open shooter, hitting Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) with a pass which resulted in a bucket for Maine, closing the gap to just one.

A 7-0 run from the Terriers built their lead to eight before Maine strung together a 4-0 run of its own to widdle the advantage to four. Walczak started the surge for Maine with a layup before a pair of free throws from Roberts closed the gap.

With the Black Bears trailing by five midway through the first half, Boston University broke out a 13-0 run over the next 6:11 to take an 18-point advantage, 30-12, with 5:51 to play in the opening half.

Maine chipped away at the lead, getting it down to 15 on a late jumper from Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) but the Terriers ended the half on a 4-0 run to lead 37-18 at the break.

Maine struggled from the field in the opening half as it shot just 25.0% and were led by Wood's four points and seven first half rebounds.

Boston University opened the second half with a 7-0 run in the first 2:17 seconds to extend its lead to 26. After Andreson found Roberts down low for a layup, the Terriers answered with a 10-0 run, building its advantage to 56-22 with 14:48 to play in the second half.

With the Terriers leading by 35, Maine failed to quit as it answered with a 7-0 run of its own. Roberts found Wood for a jumper to began the run. After another bucket from Wood, Walczak pulled down an offensive board and went back up strong for a pair. A free throw from Walczak completed the 7-0 Maine run with 3:48 to play in the game.

That would be as close as Maine would get ther rest of the way as Boston University took the contest by a score of 85-54.

For their efforts, Wood was named Maine's America East Player of the Game while Chantell Alford earned the nod for Boston University.

Maine remains home as it returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2 PM when it hosts Binghamton on Alumnae Day at Alfond Arena.

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