Score round one of the America East Conferene 16-game battle a win for Albany over UMaine 49-43. A defensive struggle all day at the Cross Center in Bangor.

How defensive? The Great Danes led the Black Bears 19-17 at halftime.

With 10 minutes to play in the game, Albany had gained it biggest lead 38-28.

Maine came all the way back to within a point. An Anna Heise layup with 40-seconds left pulled the Bears to within 42-41.

But Albany hit five free throws and a game-ending layup to win a 25th straight time on the road in conference play.

Maine has lost eight straight AE conference openers.

Albany's Shereesha Richards led all scores with 21. Maine was led by Anna Heise with 13. Liz Wood and Sigi Koizar each had 9.

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Albany committed more turnovers than Maine (24 to 18)

Albany out rebounded Maine 30-22

Albany outscored Maine in fastbreak points 10-0.

Maine falls to 8-5 overall. Albany is 8-6. The teams meet again in Albany on February 1st.