Black Bears fall short in 2nd straight conference title game

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS CENTER) -- Happy Flashback Friday, everyone. That's pretty fitting as I sit here inside SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany.

It was one year ago today that I witnessed the University of Maine women's basketball team come one point shy of winning its first America East Championship since 2004.

It was a heartbreaking loss, one that is still on the mind for the few players still on the current roster that played in Albany last year.

UMaine makes it's return to the America East Championship game for the second-straight year and makes it's second-straight trip to Albany this late in the season.

The Black Bears are coming off of an upset win over the top-seeded UNH Wildcats and are feeling loose as I watch them warm-up to the tune of 'Wicked' by Future (fitting, right?).

This is a young team led by Sigi Koizar, who is one of just two seniors on the squad, and she usually plays on the court with four of her freshman teammates. This is a new experience to them, and it is clear that they are having a blast and are happy to still have another game left to play this afternoon.

UMaine and UAlbany tip-off at 4:30 PM.

UPDATE: Halftime

It's been a tale of two quarters so far in the America East Championship game. The Black Bears started off the game hot and had a great first quarter, leading the Great Danes by double digits, 16-6, after the first 10 minutes of play. 

But in the second quarter, UMaine started to cool down and UAlbany started to heat up. Not a good mix for Black Bear nation. The Great Danes started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, eventually outscoring the Black Bears 19-6 in the second quarter to take a 25-22 lead heading into the locker room at half time. 

UPDATE: Final

For the second-year in a row, the nets were cut down at SEFCU Arena in Albany and it was the Great Danes holding the scissors and Maine fell short in the America East Championship game.

The Great Danes have beat UMaine, 66-50, extending their America East title streak to six straight.

The Black Bears earn runner-up honors. 

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