The University of Maine women's basketball team downed the University of Hartford 74-65 in the America East Championship Friday night at the Cross Insurance Center, punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament.

Guard Julie Brosseau led the Black Bears offense in the first half, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Brosseau scored all 16 of her points in the first half.

The first half ended with the score tied at 36, but it was all Maine in the 3rd quarter. The Black Bears outscored the Hawks 24-11 in the 3rd frame and controlled the game the rest of the way.

Coinciding with Maine's dominate 3rd quarter was the awakening of Blanca Millan. The Black Bears guard scored just 4 points in the first half, but broke out for 11 points in the 3rd quarter and finished with a game-high 22.

Five players reached double figures in scoring for the Black Bears. Fanny Wadling added 10 points, while Tanesha Sutton scored 11 points and Parise Rossignol chipped in 12.

The Black Bears will find out who, when and where they will be playing in the first round of the NCAA tournament during Monday's selection show, which will air on ESPN at 7 p.m.

Photo gallery: 2018 America East Championship game

Quick notes
The game was attended by 3,373 fans.
The win marked Maine's eighth America East Championship, a league record.
By defeating Hartford, Maine earned its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The game was the first time the Black Bears have hosted the America East title game since 1998.

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