September 18, 2019
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

BC beats up stumbling Bears again> Cassidy scores 16 to lead UM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The first half was the ballgame Tuesday afternoon for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.

Boston College shot 61 percent from the field, held the Black Bears without a field goal for the last nine minutes and came up with 18 turnovers in the first 20 minutes while rolling to an 81-54 victory in the first game of the University of Florida Tournament at the O’Connell Center.

The 25th-ranked Eagles (10-3) turned in a virtual repeat of their convincing 83-56 victory over UMaine in their Nov. 15 mutual season opener in the Women’s Preseason NIT at Orono, dominating the first 20 minutes and then holding UMaine at bay.

While the 4-5 Bears held their own in the second half, coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie was hard-pressed to be able to explain her team’s first-half woes at both ends of the court.

“We didn’t come close to playing 40 minutes and against a very good team like BC, that’s really going to cost you,” Palombo said. “It was definitely not a great game for us and the team really needs to grow in terms of maturity and leadership and get themselves prepared to play 40 minutes.”

UMaine will take on 4-4 Western Kentucky, a 79-65 loser to host Florida in Tuesday’s other game, in today’s 4:30 p.m. consolation contest.

Boston College scored 17 points off UMaine’s 18 first-half turnovers and shot superbly while rattling off a 20-2 scoring run that ended with the Eagles leading 33-14 with 5:03 left in the half.

“It’s very hard for me to understand how we could not be hungry against BC, given the fact they had played so well against us in our first game at home,” Palombo said of the Bears’ first-half woes.

Senior center Jamie Cassidy led the Bears with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Kristen McCormick tossed in 10 points, while Martina Tinklova added eight points despite fouling out in 15 minutes of action. Kizzy Lopez, who fouled out in 24 minutes, chipped in seven points and nine rebounds.

UMaine registered only three assists in the entire game, including one by senior point guard Amy Vachon, who tied the America East career record at 605.

Alissa Murphy paced Boston College with a game-high 22 points, Becky Gottstein provided 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Cal Bouchard chipped in with 14 points and three steals.

McCormick had gotten UMaine within three points at 13-10 witat the 11:25 mark, but the Eagles started to click. Gottstein scored a driving layup and Murphy made two foul, then Gottstein sandwiched four free throws around a Bouchard 3-pointer. Kim Mackie’s 16-foot jumper pushed the BC advantage to 27-12 during a 14-2 blitz that lasted only three minutes.

Meanwhile, the Bears shot 28 percent from the floor, managing only five field goals.

“Basically, we took a lot of quick shots and did not control the ball on offense at all,” Palombo said. “We were not executing nicely and then missing shots. It was a matter of poor executing and taking quicker shots.”

Cassidy got hot early in the second half, scoring nine of the Bears’ first 15 points, but UMaine could get no closer than 14 points at 50-36 with 12:45 to play.

Eagles 81, Black Bears 54

Maine (4-5) Boston College (10-3)

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

Lopez 3 4 1 2 7 Gottstein 6 11 6 7 18

Tinklova 3 4 2 3 8 Murphy 6 10 7 7 22

Cassidy 5 15 6 7 16 Cournoyer 4 7 0 0 8

Vachon 2 7 2 2 6 Bouchard 5 11 2 3 14

McCormick 3 10 2 2 10 Stepherson 1 2 0 0 3

Clark 0 2 2 2 2 O’Banion 1 3 0 0 3

Moldre 0 1 0 0 0 Few 0 0 0 0 0

Guerrette 0 0 0 0 0 Conway 0 1 1 2 1

Stone 1 2 0 0 3 Shields 1 1 2 4 4

Geraghty 0 3 0 0 0 Spears 0 0 2 2 2

James 1 2 0 0 2 Magarity 0 0 2 2 2

Cruz 0 0 0 0 0 Mackie 2 4 0 0 4

Grover 0 1 0 0 0

Totals 18 51 15 18 54 Totals 26 50 22 27 81

Maine 17 54

Boston College 41 81

3-pt. goals: Maine (3-13): Cassidy 0-1, Vachon 0-3, McCormick 2-7, SAtone 1-1, Geraghty 0-1; BC (7-17): Murphy 3-4, Bouchard 2-8, Stepherson 1-1, O’Banion 1-3, Conway 0-1


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