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The University of Maine women’s basketball team impressively derailed the streaking University of Hartford Hawks on Monday as freshman forward Blanca Millan scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Black Bears to a 73-62 America East win at the Cross Insurance Center.

Sophomore guard Tanesha Sutton provided 12 points and also had nine rebounds and six assists, both game-highs, while freshman forward Laia Sole contributed 10 points and four rebounds as UMaine improved to 10-10 overall, 3-2 in America East.

Hartford had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 12-5 and 3-1, respectively. Hartford lost on the road for just the second time in nine games.

The Black Bears outrebounded their guests 45-24, had 16 fast-break points to Hartford’s four and received 22 points from their bench players compared to Hartford’s five.

Naira Caceres, Sigi Koizar, Julie Brosseau and Anita Kelava had six points apiece for Maine. Caceres also had seven rebounds and three assists while Koizar had five rebounds and two steals. Brosseau handed out five assists while Fanny Wadling chipped in with five assists, four rebounds and three blocked shots to go with four points.

Speedy Sierra DaCosta tallied 19 points and had three steals for the Hawks, and Deanna Mayza and Lindsey Abed had 12 points and two assists apiece. Alyssa Reaves had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals along with four points.

In addition to her offensive output, Millan held all-conference guard Mayza four points below her average on a 4-for-13 shooting performance.

“Blanca did an outstanding job against her,” said UMaine associate head coach Amy Vachon, who is filling in while head coach Richard Barron remains on medical leave.

UMaine visits the University of New Hampshire (14-3, 4- 0) at 7 p.m. Thursday.



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