MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (NEWS CENTER) - Ashleigh Roberts (Wilmington, Del.) scored 23 points, her fourth-straight game scoring in double figures, but it would not be enough as Maine (1-4) fell to Minnesota (4-0) by a score of 77-60 in the Subway Classic championship. Anna Heise (Halle, Germany) added 10 points and four rebounds for the Black Bears. Roberts and Danielle Walczak (Lee, N.H.) were each named to the Subway Classic all-tournament team for their weekend performances.
Micaella Riche and Rachel Banham each netted 16 points to lead Minnesota.
The Black Bears trailed by just four midway through the second half but failed to close the gap any further. Maine shot 38.6% from the field and 92.3% (12-for-13) from the free throw line in the contest.
The Golden Gophers got out to a hot start, going 5-for-5 from the field and 1-for-1 from the free throw line en route to an early 12-0 lead on eight points from Riche. Maine answered with a small 4-0 run of its own capped by a nice back door cut from Courtney Anderson (Greene, Maine) off an assist from Roberts.
Minnesota built its lead to 17 before the Black Bears broke out on a 16-6 run to cut the Gopher lead to just seven.
Milica Mitrovic (Belgrade, Serbia) started the Maine comeback with a runner in the lane before Walczak grabbed a steal and rushed down court for a pair. Following the layup, Maine's offense worked the ball around the key, finding Walczak open at the top of the perimeter for a three-pointer, the first of her career.
Roberts cut the Minnesota lead to 10 after she battled inside for an offensive rebound putback. Maine kept the pressure on as Liz Wood (Catlett, Va.) worked her way inside, drawing a foul and hitting a pair to bring Maine within eight.
Trailing by 10, Sophie Weckström (Espoo, Finland) knocked down a three from the right wing, cutting the Gopher lead to seven. Minnesota tallied back-to-back hoops before Weckström again answered with a three. The teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the half until Roberts' dribble drive with just two-seconds left cut the Gopher lead to eight, 39-31, at the half.
Roberts paced the Maine attack in the opening half with 12 points and five rebounds on 4-for-9 shooting while Weckström added eight, going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc. Maine was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the opening half while shooting 35.5% from the field.
Maine continued to chip away early in the second half as Walczak's layup cut the Gopher lead to just six with just over two minutes gone in the half.
With the Gophers up seven midway through the second half, Roberts put the ball on the floor and slashed through the lane, tossing up a shot for two while drawing contact. Roberts knocked down the free-throw as the Black Bears trailed by just four, 57-53.
Minnesota put some distance between itself and the Black Bears with a 12-0 run over a five-minute span to take a 69-53 lead with 5:30 to play in the second half.
Maine kept charging late but could not close the gap, falling in the Subway Classic championship by a score of 77-60.
The Black Bears return to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 as they host Virgina Commonwealth at 1 PM live from Alfond Arena.