Blanca Millan leds a balanced offense with 18 points as the Black Bears open with a win.
BANGOR — Blanca Millan scored 18 points as the University of Maine women’s basketball team opened its season with an impressive 73-59 win over Toledo at the Cross Insurance Center.
Maine led by 27 points with just under six minutes remaining before the Rockets scored the final 13 points. The Black Bears trailed only once, 4-2 early in the game, and hit 13 3-pointers.
Millan also had six assists and six rebounds for Maine. Parise Rossignol and Dor Saar added 15 points each – Rossignol’s all coming on 3-pointers, Saar adding five assists, and Fanny Wadling scored 11, along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Toledo’s Kaayla McIntyre led all scorers with 24 points.
Maine came out fast and trailed only once in the first half, at 4-2. Rossignol then proceeded to hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions and the Black Bears led 11-4. Toledo would pull within 18-13 after one, but Millan and Saar hit 3-pointers on Maine’s first two possessions of the second and Maine regained control.
The Black Bears hit 17 of their 35 shots in the first half (48.6 percent), including 8-of-19 shooting on 3-pointers (42.1 percent). Maine forced 10 Toledo turnovers as well.
Rossignol and Saar each had 12 in the first half while Millan had nine. Toledo’s McIntyre had 14 in the first half, including the Rockets’ final 10 of the half.
With Saar on the bench with four fouls, the Rockets cut Maine’s 20-point lead to 12. Then Millan took over for the Black Bears. She scored nine consecutive points, including an NBA-distance 3-pointer, to lift Maine to a 59-38 advantage. Maine led 60-41 entering the fourth.
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