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Lady Bearcats fall to Maine on the road

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BANGOR, Maine – Sigi Koizar scored a game-high 17 points and Liz Wood added 16 points, leading Maine (12-6, 4-1 AE) to a 70-48 win over Binghamton (4-15, 2-4 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Monday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Center. The game marked the second of three straight road contests for the Bearcats.

Maine came into the game as the top-ranked defensive team in the America East (55.8 ppg.) but was just as potent at the offensive end. It shot 48 percent from the field, hitting 29 of its 60 shots.

The lead went back and forth over the first eight minutes as a jumper by Kim Albrecht gave the Bearcats a 14-13 lead with 12:00 left in the opening half. The Black Bears, however, scored the next seven points in a span of 2:41 to go up 20-14. Wood had five of her points during that stretch.

Maine extended their lead to 33-24 at the half. Koizar converted a layup with five seconds left before the buzzer.

In the second half, the Black Bears went on a 9-1 run in a span of 3:46 to go up 44-33 with 15:22 left in regulation. Sophie Weckstrom drained a pair of three-point field goals during that stretch.

Maine's final run was a 7-0 blitz, which stretched their lead to 59-39 with 7:34 left to go.

Freshmen guards Jasmine Sina and Imani Watkins each led the Bearcats with 14 points. Senior forward Sherae Swinson recorded her fifth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Also finishing with 10 points was Albrecht.

Mikeala Gustafsson had 12 points for Maine. Koizar and Wood each added 11 rebounds.

Up next for the Bearcats is a 2 p.m. game on Sunday at Stony Brook.

NOTES: With 865 career points, Swinson moves into 18th place all time in program history. Against Maine, she surpassed Robyn LeBel (1991-93), who had 857 career points, and Sonny Mehring (1978-82), who scored 860 points … Watkins also finished with a team-best five assists against the Black Bears.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)