Women’s basketball: another expensive slow start as UMaine falls to Stony Brook

BANGOR – Maine and Stony Brook have been the top two girls’ basketball teams at the America East conference in recent seasons. Judging by Sunday afternoon’s game at the Cross Insurance Center, Stony Brook is still at the top of the league.

Black bears have a job to do.

Stony Brook never dragged his way to a 63-44 victory. The game was a step-by-step slideshow highlighting all of the things that have caused the Black Bears problems throughout the season.

Maine (5-9, 2-2 in America East) and Stony Brook (11-2, 2-1) shared two regular-season games last season before the Seawolves claimed a 64-60 victory in the game. conference championship. They split two games in the 2019-20 season and were all set to face off in the East America final before the coronavirus pandemic hit and the game was called off. Right now, Stony Brook looks like a team yet to come together to win the conference title. Maine looks like a team trying to find the right parts.

“They’ve got everyone they had last year minus one, and we’re not,” Maine coach Amy Vachon said. “We are not the same. I’m going back, and the coaches voted us second in the poll (preseason conference), and that was based on the past and not who we are. They beat us badly in this first quarter.

Stony Brook scored the first 14 points, prompting Vachon to request two timeouts in the first four minutes. The Black Bears didn’t score any field goal until Anne Simon’s layup with 4:22 left in the first quarter.

“We know (the Seawolves) like to go out in transition. We return the ball on the first possession … We were not aggressive offensively. I didn’t like our look. We looked scared. And they took advantage of it, ”said Vachon. “Our departures are horrible. They are horrible. We are trying to figure this out.

Slow starts have been the rule rather than the exception for Maine. The Black Bears trailed early in an overtime loss to the New Jersey Institute of Technology last Sunday. In a 65-53 win over Dartmouth on Dec. 19, Maine trailed 16-3 after a quarter before rallying in the second half to claim the victory. Maine rallied against Stony Brook again, cutting a 21-point deficit in the first half to nine in the third quarter, but they know they can’t count on the comeback every time.

“Honestly, those are all starters. We have to find a solution because we can’t come down that far in the first quarter and try to come back. Against a team like Stony Brook, it won’t work. We work every day. We just have to play with confidence in the first quarter, ”said Simon, who scored 14 points, the team’s top.

Maine shot just 1 for 13 in the first quarter – 7.7 percent. The Black Bears shot better over the course of the game, but not well, finishing 16 for 65 (29.1 percent). That’s about eight percent lower than their season percentage (37.2). Maine was just 6 for 26 in a 3-point range, continuing another negative trend. The Black Bears are only shooting 25.3 percent of the 3-point range (82 of 324).

Simon highlighted Maine’s previous game, a 65-44 victory at Hartford on Wednesday. That night, the Black Bears scored 28 points in the first quarter and built a quick lead. They did in Hartford what Stony Brook did to them.

On Thursday, the Black Bears host New Hampshire. In the four days until then, the focus will be on a good start.

“The first five minutes are important. It shows, ”said Simon.

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