AUGUSTA, Maine — Tanesha Sutton tallied her fifth double-double of the season, racking up 19 of her career-high 28 points in the first half, to help guide the University of Maine women’s basketball team to its ninth consecutive victory, a 71-61 America East decision over Stony Brook at the Augusta Civic Center on Sunday.
After surrendering 24 points to Stony Brook in the first quarter, the Black Bears limited the Seawolves to just 18 total points in the second half.
Sutton, who recorded her 1,000th career point in a UMaine uniform in the win, finished 11-of-16 from the floor to go along with 11 rebounds. Blanca Millan hit double-digits for the fifth game in a row, recording 13 of her 18 points in the second half.
Dor Saar chipped in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting with four assists while Fanny Wadling added a career-high 16 points and matched a career-best with four steals for the Black Bears (20-7 overall, 13-1 AE).
UMaine went 29-of-59 overall (49.2) while hitting 7-of-10 free throws and winning the rebounding battle, 36-33.
For the fourth time in five years, the Black Bears have reached the 20-win plateau.
UMaine put together a 10-2 run to begin the second half. Saar pulled down a defensive rebound during the stretch, racing down court and pulling up for a three as the Black Bears led by six with six minutes gone in the third.
With the UMaine lead remaining at three early in the fourth, the Black Bears looked to put the game away. A 9-0 run started with buckets from Millan and Sutton, each coming off offensive rebounds. A pull-up by Rossignol added to the total before Sutton’s 3-pointer gave Maine its largest lead of the contest at 70-58 with three minutes remaining.
Shania Johnson paced Stony Brook (20-7, 9-5) with 28 points and seven rebounds while Jerelle Matthews added 10 points.
UMaine continues America East action at UMass Lowell at 7 p.m. Wednesday.