Maine, Baranowski take down Seawolves

Maine freshman Rebecca Knight looks to pass the ball against Stony Brook's defense during the Blackbears play-in game victory. Brian Izzo | The Informer

The No. 8 seeded University of Maine (8-22, 5-12) women’s basketball team earned the right to face top seeded Boston University in the quarterfinals of the 2012 America East Conference Tournament with their victory over ninth seeded Stony Brook University (4-16, 1-16).

After a pair of free throws by Maine’s Brittany Williams tied the score at 43, a frantic possession by Maine with a minute to go led to a Blackbear’s Samantha Baranowski lay in and missed free throw that gave Maine a two point edge, 45-43, with a minute to go.

Stony Brook couldn’t get a shot off on their next possession, leading to a shot clock violation, before Maine iced the game with free throws down the stretch to give the Blackbears a 49-43 victory.

The game was a defensive struggle from the onset with Maine holding a 14-11 lead, 14 minutes into the game.

The hard to come by offense was expected by both team with Maine being the 313th in the country in scoring offense, while their Stony Brook Seawolves counterpart were last of the 336 teams in Division I.

The underdog Stony Brook didn’t let Maine get far away however after the early moments, as Maine’s lead was four, 22-18, at the end of the first half.

Junior guard Sam Landers of Stony Brook lead all scorers at the break with seven points.

Stony Brook came out firing in the second half and went on a 14-4 run to take a 32-26 lead seven minutes after intermission.

The Seawolves hot shooting to open up the second half went cold as Maine was able to take a 37-34 lead with eight minutes to play.

The two teams traded buckets as the game approached its final minutes.

A three by Dani Klupenger of Stony Brook gave the Seawolves a 43-41 edge with 3:30 left in the game.

However Maine would ultimately battle back and take the victory.