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Cats Survive Black Bears Comeback

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

 Annie Wheeler came off the bench to lead three Catamounts in double figures with a team-high 14 points as Vermont posted a 61-53 win over visiting Maine in America East women's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Wednesday.  

Vermont improves to 4-2 in America East (7-12 overall), while Maine falls to 1-18 on the year and 0-6 in the league.
 
"We are pleased to get the win at home. I thought Annie Wheeler came off the bench and was amazing.  She's getting better and better every game, more and more confident and providing a scoring presence inside.  I thought Lauren Wheeler had a really nice game today with key rebounds, great passes and really attacked the basket," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
 
"We need performances from more than one or two people to win and I thought we had solid performances from five or six players tonight."
 
Wheeler scored 10 of her 14 points in the first half to propel the Catamounts to a 31-19 lead at the break. 
 
UVM shot 44 percent from the field in the first half and limited Maine to 31.8 percent shooting and forced the Black Bears into 17 turnovers.
 
The Catamounts scored the first nine points of the second half and Vermont led 48-29 with 12:28 remaining in the game.  Maine rallied, putting together a 13-0 run to slice the lead to six, 48-42, with 8:40 left in the contest. 
 
Vermont responded with a 13-5 spurt over the next five minutes to push its lead back to 14 with just over three minutes left to play and held off the Black Bears to earn its sixth win of the season at Patrick Gymnasium.
 
Niki Taylor added 13 points, 11 in the second half, and Tierra Shumpert finished the game with 12 points to join Wheeler in double digits for Vermont.  Both players also combined for 11 rebounds, while Lauren Wheeler chipped in eight points, six rebounds and a season-high six assists.
 
Liz Wood led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds for the Black Bears.
 
Vermont returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 26) when it travels to Albany for a basketball doubleheader.  The UVM and Albany women tip off the action at 5 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.  It can also be heard on WVMT-620 AM and online at SportsJuice.com with Rob Ryan calling the action.
 
The Vermont and Albany men follow the women's game at 7:30 p.m. and that game will also be broadcast on ESPN3.

Courtesy:  UVM Athletic Department

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