April 07, 2020
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UMaine regains form> Blodgett scores 24 as Bears rebound against Hofstra

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The University of Maine women’s basketball team got 24 points from Cindy Blodgett and held Hofstra to just 18 points in the second half en route to a 72-42 victory Saturday afternoon.

Just two days after suffering their first conference loss of the year at the hands of Drexel, the Black Bears utilized a withering full-court press and outscored the Flying Dutchwomen 43-18 after intermission.

The Black Bears moved to 12-3, 8-1 in America East, while Hofstra dropped to 9-9, 3-7.

Coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie said the tone was set in the locker room before the game. Senior captain Sandi Carver took the initiative and challenged her teammates, demanding that the Black Bears hold Hofstra below 50 points.

“That was really powerful,” Palombo said. “You kind of expect coaches to be on that kind of page, but when players do it, it can kind of carry you.”

Klara Danes pitched in with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Bears, while Amy Vachon scored just three points, but contributed nine assists, six rebounds and four steals from the point guard slot.

The focus was on defense from the start, as Palombo juggled her ordinary starting lineup, going with junior Andrea Clark in place of sophomore Jamie Cassidy. Cassidy played 29 minutes, scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, all off the defensive glass.

Palombo said the change wasn’t intended to send a message to Cassidy after the loss to Drexel, but was supposed to remind the entire team where the emphasis should lie.

“I just looked at it as putting the five best defenders on the floor to give us a focus on what is really important,” Palombo said. “[Clark’s] defense and rebounding and intensity are very consistent.”

The Bears held Hofstra’s Kate Gordon to a four-for-17 shooting outing. Gordon scored only nine points, and turned the ball over six times, but did grab 15 rebounds.

Noreen Duffy led the Dutchwomen with 12 points.

The Black Bears never trailed in the game, but held a slim 29-24 lead at halftime.

The Dutchwomen still lurked nine back at the 13:38 mark, but the Bears went on a 31-10 run to close out the game.

Palombo said the Bears did a better job of controlling the tempo in the second half.

“In the first half they tried to slow it down a little by dropping into a zone,” Palombo said. “We got many more easy buckets in the second half because we were pushing the ball at them a lot harder.”

UMaine shot 64 percent in the second half and 51 percent for the game.

Blodgett said attention to fundamentals paid off after intermission.

“I think we concentrated more in the second half on ball movement, rebounding, that kind of thing,” said Blodgett, who pointed out that the press began to take its toll as the game wore on.

Blodgett said the Bears were able to keep Hofstra from getting into its offensive sets for 10 to 12 seconds on many possessions.

“I don’t think they were as deep as we were, either,” Blodgett said. “Eventually, with the fullcourt press, fatigue sets in.”

And while the aggressive defense was paying dividends – Hofstra turned the ball over 24 times – Maine defenders sent the Dutchwomen to the free throw line for just five attempts in the game.

Black Bears 72, Dutchwomen 42

Maine (12-3) Hofstra (9-9)

Name G AG F AF TP Name G AG F AF TP

Danes 5 7 3 5 13 Brennan 0 2 0 0 0

Carver 4 10 0 1 8 Botts 3 5 0 2 6

Clark 1 1 0 0 2 Gordon 4 17 0 0 9

Blodgett 9 17 4 4 24 Anderson 1 6 0 0 3

Vachon 1 1 1 2 3 Rivera 2 9 0 0 4

Macream 0 0 0 0 0 Mulqueen 0 0 0 0 0

McCormick 2 5 2 2 7 Kennedy 0 0 0 0 0

Bowman 0 2 0 0 0 Smith 0 6 0 0 0

Lopez 0 0 0 0 0 Abromavage 4 9 0 0 8

Cassidy 4 6 4 4 12 Duffy 5 13 2 3 12

Tinklova 1 4 1 2 3 Morrissey 0 0 0 0 0

Harris 0 1 0 0 0

Pine 0 1 0 0 0

Totals 27 53 15 20 72 Totals 19 69 2 5 42

Maine 29 72

Hofstra 24 42

3-pt. goals: Maine (3-7): Blodgett 2-5, McCormick 1-1, Bowman 0-1; Hofstra (2-11): Gordon 1-1, Anderson 1-2, Rivera 0-3, Smith 0-2, Duffy 0-3

Attendance: 276


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