Junior guard Sigi Koizar poured in 30 points on Saturday afternoon, spearheading the University of Maine to a 60-43 America East women’s basketball victory over Stony Brook at Pritchard Gym.

Koizar shot 13-for-19 from the floor and also contributed seven rebounds and four assists for the Black Bears, who improved to 22-7 overall and 13-1 in conference play.

Senior forward Mikaela Gustafsson finished with eight points and six rebounds for UMaine, while Chantel Charles and Sophie Weckstrom added six points each. Liz Wood chipped in seven rebounds and four assists.

After a slow offensive start that saw the Black Bears shoot 3-for-11 in the first quarter, they finished at 52 percent (26-for-50) and went 6-for-11 from the 3-point arc.

Brittany Snow paced Stony Brook (16-2, 8-7 AE) with 19 points and five rebounds and Kori Bayne-Walker posted eight points and three assists for the hosts, who committed only four turnovers.

The Seawolves shot 32 percent (17-for-53) from the floor but hit only 2 of 13 (15 percent) from long distance.

The Black Bears led only 22-19 at halftime, but built an 11-point cushion with a solid third quarter.

Leading by four points, Koizar drove in for a layup at the 2:42 mark. Weckstrom knocked down a 3-pointer 1:10 later, then Koizar and Gustafsson answered free throws by Bayne-Walker with a basket each to make it 41-30 after three quarters.

Koizar went on to score two layups in the first 2:05 of the fourth period to make it a 45-30 contest. UMaine led by as many as 18 before closing it out.

UMaine returns to action Wednesday at Hartford, then closes out the regular season on Feb. 27 at home against Binghamton.

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...