One streak continued, and another one ended.
In both cases, it was bad news for the UAlbany women’s basketball team.
In a close game almost all the way, the Maine Black Bears pulled away late to defeat the Great Danes 64-55 at Memorial Gym in Orono, Maine, on Wednesday night.
Not only did UAlbany have a five-game winning streak stopped, but the Great Danes lost to Maine for the 10th time in a row, the last nine of which have come under fourth-year UAlbany head coach Colleen Mullen.
It was also an important result in the America East Conference standings, as the Black Bears (9-3 AE, 12-10 overall) moved into a tie with UAlbany (9-3, 16-7) for second place behind Stony Brook, which has been declared ineligible by the AE for the postseason tournament because Stony Brook is leaving the conference after this season.
Maine, which has won six straight, outscored UAlbany 7-0 in the final 2:05 of the game to win it.
Morgan Haney, who scored 13 points for the Great Danes, hit a 3-pointer with 3:12 left to get within 56-55.
Maine answered with a layup by Alba Orois, and she made the free throw after being fouled by Haney to make it 59-55.
Anne Simon, the leading scorer in the AE at 16.1 points per game coming in, made a 3-pointer from the left diagonal to put the Black Bears up 62-55 with 51 seconds left.
UAlbany’s Helene Haegerstrand missed two free throws with 41 seconds left, and Simon made two from the line with 32 seconds left to produce the final score.
Kayla Cooper led UAlbany with 17 points, and Haegerstrand scored 12.
Simon and Orois each scored 17 points, and Caroline Bornermann, Paula Gallego and Maeve Carroll each scored 10.
Orois scored at the buzzer to give Maine a 31-27 halftime lead and also beat the third-quarter buzzer with a layup to put the Black Bears ahead 45-43.