Maine, UNH, UMass Lowell Earn Wins Wednesday
America East women's basketball teams entered the final quarter of the season after Wednesday's action as teams fight for positioning at the 2014 America East Champioship host by the University at Albany.
Maine (14-11, 8-4) beat Hartford (9-15, 6-5) for the first time since 2004, 60-56, on Wednesday breaking an 18-game losing skid against the Hawks. The back-and-forth game featured seven ties and 11 lead chances. The Black Bears received a clutch jumper from Mikaela Gustaffson with 2:04 left that broke a 50-50 tie. Sophie Weckstrom put the game away with an old fashioned three-point play that gave Maine a 59-55 lead with less than 30 seconds to play.
Deanna Mayza led all scorers with 17 points for the Hawks while three Black Bears registered double figures in Liz Wood (13), Ashleigh Roberts (13) and Weckstrom (10).
New Hampshire (15-9, 9-2) matched its highest conference win total under head coach Maureen Magarity, improving to 9-2 in league action with a, 64-46, win at Binghamton (4-21, 1-11). Ariel Gaston scored a career-high 19 points, all coming in the second half, to lead the Wildcats. New Hampshire had a season-high 16 steals, including five from Elizabeth Belanger who also added 16 points.
UMass Lowell (5-18, 4-8) earned its first set of back-to-back wins against Division I opponents, holding of Vermont (6-18, 3-8), 87-71. Jasmine McRoy scored a career-high 27 points while Lindsey Doucette had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds for the River Hawks. Freshman Kylie Butler was impressive for the Catamounts, scoring 27 points and grabbing 12 rebounds for her fourth career double-double.