Though a strong defensive performance in Sunday’s third quarter got the UAlbany women’s basketball team back in the game, a strong finish from Maine — led by 27 points from Blanca Millan — allowed the Black Bears to pull away to seal a 63-47 win and sweep the teams’ two-game America East series at SEFCU Arena.
Anne Simon chipped in 13 points for Maine, which started red-hot by hitting its first four 3-point attempts and led by as many as 16 points in the first half.
UAlbany (2-6, 1-3) tightened things up defensively in the third quarter, holding Maine (10-1, 7-1) to just eight points during the frame to pull within 48-41. The Great Danes then scored the first three points of the fourth quarter to make it a four-point game, but Maine closed on a 15-3 surge to put the game away.
Kyara Frames scored a team-high 16 points for UAlbany, while Lucia Decortes posted a career-high scoring effort for the second straight day, chipping in 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting to top the 12 points she tallied in Saturday’s 66-48 loss.
“It hurts that one got away,” Frames said. “It feels like that one slipped through our fingers.”
UAlbany was forced into 19 turnovers, and Maine finished with a 25-7 advantage in points scored off turnovers.
“They scored 40 points [in the first half] and most of them were off of our turnovers, yet again,” UAlbany coach Colleen Mullen said.
UAlbany is scheduled to be back in action Saturday at SEFCU Arena, hosting the opener of a two-game series against New Hampshire.
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