Maine gives Towson slip in 2nd half America East power rises even without star, 72-52

State women

January 09, 1998|By Kevin Eck XTC | Kevin Eck XTC,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A rare thing occurred at the Towson Center last night when two-time America East Player of the Year Cindy Blodgett of Maine missed her first game after 101 consecutive starts.

Other than that, however, it was business as usual for the Black Bears, who continued their dominance over Towson with a 72-52 victory in a matchup of two teams unbeaten in conference play.

Maine (8-2, 4-0), which led by just two points at halftime, pulled away in the second half by limiting the Tigers to just 19 points.

With Blodgett -- the two-time Division I scoring leader -- nursing an inflamed left heel, 6-foot-4 sophomore center Jamie Cassidy stepped up to score 23 points and grab 12 rebounds to lead

Maine, 6-0 against the Tigers.

Cassidy, who was 10-for-15 from the field, was virtually unstoppable in the low post.

"[Blodgett] is a big part of our team, but we had to make that adjustment. Things were a little more spread out, offensively," Cassidy said. "We just had to work harder."

Maine, which has won 65 of its past 67 conference games, also received significant contributions from guard Kristen McCormick (12 points) and freshman Martina Tinklova (10 points), who more than doubled their averages.

"Perhaps it was more evident tonight that we are a balanced team," Maine coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie said. "The players know what they can do."

The Tigers (7-5, 3-1), who had lost their previous five meetings with Maine by an average of 31.4 points, appeared poised in the first half to pull an upset.

After falling behind 18-9, Towson, which was led by Shniece Perry's 13 points, went on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 22. It took its only lead at 31-29 on a layup by Silesia Stevens with 3: 49 remaining.

"I think the team got a sense of overconfidence at halftime," coach Ellen Fitzkee said. "Our intensity was lacking in the second half."

MAINE -- Clark 0-1 0-0 0, Danes 5-9 0-1 10, Cassidy 10-15 3-5 23, Vachon 2-4 1-2 6, Carver 3-5 0-0 6, Macream 0-0 0-0 0, McCormick 5-8 0-0 12, Lopez 2-3 1-2 5, Tinklova 3-7 4-5 10, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-52 9-15 72.

TOWSON -- Perry 6-11 1-1 13, Keiner 1-8 0-0 3, Gordon 3-15 0-0 6, Joyner 2-9 0-0 4, Smith 3-4 0-0 7, Wright 1-3 0-0 2, McGowan 2-6 0-0 4, Lanigan 2-6 0-1 4, Speer 1-2 0-0 2, Pillione 0-2 0-0 0, Welsing 0-0 1-2 1, Stevens 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 24-72 2-4 52.

Halftime--Maine, 35-33. 3-point goals--UM 3-6 (McCormick 2-3, Vachon 1-2, Cassidy 0-1); TU 2-13 (Smith 1-1, Keiner 1-6, Joyner 0-1, Lanigan 0-2, McGowan 0-3.) Rebounds--UM 43 (Cassidy 12); TU 31 (Gordon 5). Assists--UM 20 (Vachon 8); TU 15 (Joyner 6).

Total fouls--UM 9, TU 13. Att--344.

Gallaudet 75, Goucher 57: The Bison (8-1) grabbed 63 rebounds to drop the host Gophers (1-8), who got 26 points from Zeena Huang.

Catonsville CC 66, Mont.-Rockville 48: Robin Johnson scored 22 to power the host Cardinals (5-3) past the Knights (2-5) in Maryland JuCo League action.

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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