Courtesy Vermont Sports Information
BURLINGTON – Sam Simononis led three Vermont players in double figures with a team-high 12 points, but Ashleigh Roberts and Liz Wood scored 17 points each to lead the Maine Black Bears past the Catamounts, 69-52 in America East women’s basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.
Maine improves to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in league play. Vermont falls to 6-17 on the year and 3-7 in America East.
Kristina White added 11 points off the bench and Kylie Atwood chipped in a season-high 10 points to round out UVM’s double-digit scorers. Niki Taylor grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, 10 on the offensive glass, and was one point shy of a double-double with nine.
The Catamounts led 7-4 in the opening minutes of the first half, but Maine responded with a 16-2 run to take a 20-9 lead with 13:20 remaining in the half. Vermont countered with a 13-2 run of its own sparked by a 3-pointer from Atwood and capped with a 3-pointer by White, to climb back and tie the score up 22-22 with 5:02 left in the half.
The Black Bears out scored Vermont 10-4 over the final 3:46 of the stanza and took a 34-26 lead into halftime.
Maine shot 58.3 percent from the field, but the Catamounts went 5-for-9 from 3-point range (55.6%) to only trail by eight at the break.
The Black Bears pushed their lead to 10 in the opening minutes of the second half, but Vermont climbed back within eight on a pair of free throws by White at the 16:36 mark.
Maine opened the game up with a 19-5 run over the next eight minutes to pull out a 59-37 lead with 8:02 remaining in the game. The Black Bears maintained the double-digit lead the rest of the way to post their second straight victory.
“Our defense is still a work in progress and we will regroup this weekend before heading into the final stretch of conference play,” said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
Maine finished the game shooting 53.2 percent from the field, while UVM shot 30.4 percent from the floor. The Catamounts dominated the boards, out rebounding Maine 45-23 and 22-2 on the offensive glass.
Vermont returns to action on February 12 when it makes its first-ever visit to America East newcomer UMass Lowell. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen online via AmericaEast.tv.