ORONO - The University of Maine women's basketball team (1-17, 0-5 America East) fell in a heartbreaker to Binghamton (3-16, 2-4 AE) on Sunday afternoon by a score of 67-65. Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) led the Maine attack with a career-high 20 points and nine rebounds on a 6-for-9 shooting day from the field, earning her Maine's America East Player of the Game.
Maine had three scorers in double figures as Lauren Bodine (Louisville, Ky.) netted a career-high 15 points on five three-pointers. Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) added 12 points and five rebounds.
Stephanie Jensen led Binghamton with 15 points on five three-pointers while Kara Elofson added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Black Bears jumped out to an early 20-6 lead after holding the Bearcats scoreless over an 8:04 span. Mikaela Gustafsson (Sodertalje, Sweden) began the run by hitting a pull-up in the paint to tie the score at 6-6. After a made free throw from Wood, the freshman worked hard on the offensive glass, pulling down a miss and working the ball to Walczak for a make. Maine's next two makes also came as a direct result from a pair of offensive boards by Wood.
Leading by six, Maine kept the pressure on early as Wood and Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) knocked down back-to-back three-point shots. Maine's 16-0 run came to an end after Weckström found Wood on a back door layup.
Binghamton answered with a 9-2 run to close gap to seven after a layup by Sherae Swinson.
Maine responded with a run of its own capped by a 5-0 streak after a three by Bodine followed by a fast break push in which Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) found Wood down low, rebuilding the Maine lead to 14.
The Bearcats closed out the first half on a 4-0 run as Maine entered the half up 33-24.
Maine forced nine first half Bearcat turnovers while shooting 50.0% from the field. Wood led the first half Maine charge with 11 points and four rebounds while Weckström added four points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Bearcats opened the second half by breaking out on a 13-2 run to knot the score at 41-41 with 14:14 remaining in the second half after beginning their run with a back-to-back threes.
Maine responded with an offensive board putback from Wood before Weckström pushed the floor and kicked the ball out to Bodine on the right wing. Bodine knocked down the three to put Maine up 46-41 with 11-minutes to play. Bodine sank her third three of the game moments later off a baseline kick from Weckström to give Maine an eight point lead.
Binghamton answered the Maine makes with a 9-0 run over the next six minutes to take a 57-56 lead on a layup from Kara Elofson.
Each team went back and forth trading three-point shots until Binghamton went on a 5-0 run, ending with a deep three from Stephanie Jensen, to take a 67-62 lead. Weckström answered the run right a three of her own to pull Maine within two with just over 30-seconds to play in regulation.
A last second attempt from Maine would fall short as Binghamton escaped with a 67-65 win.
Maine returns to action as it continues America East play at Vermont on Jan. 23 at 7 PM.