DURHAM, N.H.-- Monica Peterson scored 15 points and Melissa Heon added 12 to lead the University of Maine women's basketball team to a 63-50 victory on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium.
The Black Bears (16-5, 11-0 America East) jumped out to a 13-point, 20-7 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Wildcats (9-11, 5-6 America East) managed to cut the Maine lead to eight points (24-16) with 4:38 left before the intermission. However, the Black Bears pushed the lead back up to 12 points (28-16) and led at the half (30-22). In the second stanza Maine opened up with a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 17 points (39-22) with 17:38 to play in the contest. During that run, Kim Corbitt scored five points and had one assist. UNH never got any closer than 12 points the rest of the way.
Maine had three players score in double digits. In addition to the 15 points by Peterson and 12 by Heon, Julie Veilleux added 11 points and Corbitt finished the night with nine points and a game-high five assists. Heon recorded her 1,000th career point in the contest and now has 1,009 points.
UNH was led in scoring and rebounding by senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) who recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Also scoring in double digits for the Wildcats was freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) with 10 points. Williams also recorded three blocks on the night.
UNH shot 39.2 percent from the floor (20-51), while the visitors shot 38.2 percent (26-68). In addition, Maine outrebounded UNH by a 41-40 margin.