West Hartford, Conn. - Senior Whitney Davis scored a team-high 14 points but Maine's Samantha Baranowski scored the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left to lead the Black Bears to a 49-43 victory over the Stony Brook women's basketball team in the first round of the 2012 America East Women's Basketball Championship on Thursday at Chase Arena.
"We obviously didn't get the result we were looking for but I'm proud of the way our team competed tonight," Stony Brook head coach Beth O'Boyle said. "Give credit to Maine, they made a few more plays than we did down the stretch."
Stony Brook turned the ball over a season-low three times and held Maine to 37.8 percent shooting including 33 percent in the second half. Junior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added eight points and eight rebounds while junior Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) chipped in with seven points.
The Seawolves trailed 39-36 with 7:41 left but scored the next four points, re-taking the lead on a Davis jumper. Maine led 41-40 following an Ashleigh Roberts hoop before junior Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) knocked down a three to put Stony Brook back in front with 3:52 to go in the game.
Maine's Brittany Williams hit two free throws with 3:06 left to tie the game and UM then took the lead on Baranowski's put-back hoop with 1:05 to go. The Black Bears then forced a Stony Brook shot clock violation and Danielle Walczak hit one of two free throws with 34 seconds left to give Maine a 46-43 lead.
Senior Tamiel Murray (Teaneck, N.J.) missed a three from the right corner with 17 seconds left and Baranowski knocked down one of two free throws on the other end to put the game away. Stony Brook finishes the season at 4-26.
But Klupenger hit a three to end the SBU drought and Landers then answered a Maine hoop with a baseline jumper to trim the Black Bear lead to 18-16 with just less than two minutes to go.
The teams traded hoops over the next minute before Maine's Rebecca Knight scored the final points of the half to send the Black Bears into the break with a 22-18 lead.
Stony Brook dominated the start of the second half, out-scoring Maine 14-4 over the first seven minutes to take a 32-26 lead. Davis and Previlon combined for 10 points in the run.
But the Black Bears responded with an 11-2 run over the next five minutes, taking the 39-36 lead on two free throws from Baranowski with 7:41 left.